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Fawn Bowen Coltharp

1923 ~ 2008

Fawn Bowen Coltharp, age 84, passed away on April 6, 2008, at her home in Salt Lake City, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born October 29, 1923 to John P. and Frances Horrocks Bowen. Fawn married William Horace Coltharp November 30, 1940. He preceded her in death on May 24, 1959.

Raised on a ranch in the Uintah Basin, she learned the value of hard work, family loyalty, frugality, and strong moral integrity. These became governing principles in her life.

An equal partner with her husband, Bill, they founded Coltharp Construction and had numerous business interests. She later retired from Mountain Bell Telephone Company.

Fawn was a beautiful woman with an innate sense of style. Her talents and hobbies were many and varied. In her early years she flew a single engine plane. A gracious hostess, she loved holidays and family dinners. All felt welcome and she was a wonderful cook. Her life was spent in the service of those she loved. In 1999 she was selected as a "Mother of the Year" by Governor Leavitt. She had keen insight and practical wisdom and was a powerful advocate for her children and grandchildren; each of us sought her wisdom frequently. She was an exceptionally generous friend sustaining and supporting many in need.

She fought and overcame many health obstacles in the last years of her life with courage and perennial optimism. She was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and lived the teachings of the Savior. The family expresses special thanks to those who so lovingly cared for her during her final illnesses.

Survived by three daughters and spouses: Frances (William) Loos, Ogden; Mary (Allan) Brinkerhoff, Salt Lake City; and Patricia (James) Gilson, Salt Lake City; 14 grandchildren: Trae (Julie) Loos, David Loos, Katherine (Ryan) Poll, Robert Loos, Stephen Loos, John (Wendy) Brinkerhoff, Elizabeth (Matt) Stevens, Rebecca (Ryan) Wilson, Katharine (Jared) Undhjem, Jennifer Brinkerhoff, Allison Brinkerhoff, James Gilson, Christina Gilson and Paul Gilson; 10 great-grand-children.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 11, 2008 at 12 noon at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Dr., SLC, Friends and family may call Thursday, April 10th from 6-8 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, and on Friday morning one hour prior to the service.