DOWDLE, Harold L.
Our beloved husband, father and grandpa Harold Lowe Dowdle passed from the bonds of this earth during the night of Feb 3, 2012. He was in the 91st year of his life. He was born "in a barn" in Rigby, Idaho on May 7, 1920 to Robert Hazen and Lydia Belle Dowdle. He was always a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served a mission as a young man to Argentina where he learned to love the Spanish language. Later in life he served another mission with his dear wife Ruth in Mauritius and La Reunion; islands in the Indian Ocean. After his mission to Argentina, he joined the Navy to fight for his country in World War 2. After the war he received his undergrad degree at BYU. He met and fell in love with Ruth Thomas and was married to her on Sept 3, 1947 in the Idaho Falls Temple. He went on to get his PHD in Spanish at Stanford University. After completing his education he took a job teaching Spanish in Chickasha, Oklahoma at OCW (Oklahoma College for Women). There, he and Ruth raised their family of six children for 14 years. It was also there that he pioneered a branch of the LDS Church and served as the Branch President in Chickasha for 10 years. Since that time he has served in many capacities in the Church, most recently as a temple worker at the Provo Temple. He moved his family to Provo and began his teaching experience at BYU in 1968. He loved and enjoyed teaching Spanish until his retirement. He also loved carpentry and built the family home and a cabin too. He loved to read books and studying language, it was his passion. He was active in Family History as well and published books and histories of the Dowdle family. He loves his family and his love for family and the Gospel of Jesus Christ was and is the center and focus of his life. A beautiful, exemplary mortal life well lived to the end. We love you Dad. He is survived by his dear eternal companion Ruth and his children Sharon (John Swapp), Brent, Larry (MaryAnne), Michael (Eve), Jackie (Kevin Carlson). He is preceded in death by his daughter Christine. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held Thursday Feb 9th at 11 am at the Edgemont 8th Ward chapel at 3050 Mohave Ln. in Provo, Utah. There will be a viewing from 6-8 on Wed evening at Berg Mortuary on Center Street in Provo. There will also be a viewing on Thursday morning at the chapel at 10am. Interment will be at the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery in Provo.