Gail Francis Bywater, former director of the Utah Association of Petroleum Retailers and owner of a local auto repair business, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 1990, in Salt Lake City. He was 81.

He was born in Salt Lake City on June 28, 1909, to John Thomas and Grace Dalton Johnson. He graduated from the Westminster Collegiate Institute in 1929.He was president and director of the Utah Automotive Trades Association, director of Utah Association of Petroleum Retailers and president and director of the Salt Lake City Safety Council. He held membership in the Salt Lake City Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Salt Lake City Club of Rotary International. He operated Gail F. Bywater Automotive Technicians.

He was a 33rd Degree Mason in Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and was Master of Kadosh of Utah Consistory in 1964. In Grand Lodge of Utah, he was appointed officer and served as Grand Chaplain in 1965. In El Kalah Temple of the Shrine, he was member of the foot patrol.

In connection with his membership at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, he was active with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Vestry.

A memorial service will be held Monday at noon in the auditorium of the Masonic Temple, 650 E. South Temple, where friends may call an hour prior. Those wishing may make contributions to Shriner's Hospital or a charity of their choice.