Wayne Whitmore Rowley, 48, died Thursday, August 6, 1998 of injuries suffered in a fall.
He was born June 9, 1950 in Provo, Utah, son of T. Leonard and Wanda Whitmore Rowley. He was educated in the schools of Ogden City and Weber County, and was a 1969 graduate of Weber High School. He attended Weber State College before serving in the West Spanish American Mission of the LDS Church from 1969 to 1971. He was married in the Ogden Temple to Linda Burns of Sunset on June 28, 1973. They are the parents of six children. For the past 17 years, he has been employed as an engineer in plant operations at the McKay-Dee Hospital.Wayne was a loving parent who shared his enjoyment of the outdoors with his family. A devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as Bishop of the Roy 31st Ward, Counsellor in the Stake Young Men's Presidency, Stake Missionary, Elders Quorum President, and Scout Master. Perhaps his favorite calling was Primary Teacher. He once agreed to accept another calling if he could keep on teaching primary. He was never released.
His life-long interest in scouting began as a youngster in Minnesota. In addition to his service as scout master, Wayne served in many district positions, and was involved with the Woodbadge training program for many years. His scouting career culminated on April 11, 1997, when he was presented the Silver Beaver Award by the Trapper Trails Council.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Matthew, Amy, Robert (serving an LDS mission in California), Katheryn, Janette, and David, and a close family friends, Scott Reed, all of Roy; his parents of North Ogden; three brothers and a sister, Greg (Ruth) Rowley , Hyrum; Janet (Randy) Williams, Bountiful; Garry (Val) Rowley, Layton; and Lynn Kyle Rowley, San Jose, California. He is also survived by his grandmother, Cora ward of Sandy ; his father-in-law, Gean (Lurline) Burns, Sunset; a brother-in-law, Bill Burns, Clinton; a sister-in-law, Becky Burns, Roy; 15 nieces and nephews; and countless scouts and other young people who claimed his house as a second home.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, George Rowley and James Whitmore; his grandmother, Cora Rowley; and his mother-in-law, Doris Burns, all of whom he loved dearly.
Wayne was an enthusiastic person. He attacked his work with passion, he enjoyed his recreation with passion. This life for him was a passionate experience. He will be sorely missed by his family, his lifelong friend and co-worker, Jerry Bowden, and by innumerable friends he served, much of which was silent service. He will also be missed by his three dogs and his collection of snowmobiles and ATV's.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 11 at the Roy, Utah South Stake Center, 5725 South 3750 West. Friends and family may call at the Lindquist Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday or at the Stake Center one hour prior to the services on Tuesday. Interment will be at Lindquist Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 S. Washington Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to McKay-Dee Credit Union.
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