In memory of
Harold "Dean" Bowdoin
In memory of
Harold "Dean" Bowdoin
Harold Dean Bowdoin ("Dean") Ahwatukee - Dean Bowdoin, 86, of Ahwatukee, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018, after a brief illness. He was born on April 4, 1931, in Winslow, Arizona, to parents Doug and Marie Bowdoin. He graduated from Round Valley High, where he met his future wife, Bobbie Ann Ashcroft. He was quite the athlete, and was courted by the NY Giants baseball team, but was underage and needed his father's consent. It wasn't to be. From there, he attended ASU, graduating in one of the first electrical engineering classes. He completed military service in the Navy, serving in San Diego, Honolulu and the Aleutian Islands on a submarine. Dean and Bobbie were married on March 31, 1951, and had 68 years together before her passing on July 4, 2009. Dean and Bobbie first lived in Phoenix, where their first daughter Leslie Marie James (Mick) was born. For a brief time they went back to Eagar, where Deana Lynne was born. Deana was taken needlessly from the family on January 7, 1978, and the family is still awaiting justice. Dean began his "permanent" career as an engineer at GE, then Honeywell. He had the opportunity to travel all over the world, managing process control systems for Exxon refineries. He was gregarious, meeting people all over the corporate world, and had the unique opportunity of living in Brussels for two years with Bobbie and Deana. His true passion, however, was for the outdoors, conservation and hunting. During his Honeywell days, he was also an Explorer Scout leader through the LDS Church. He made lifelong friends with those young men and passed along his love of hunting and camping and "work projects". He was a Master Guide, a charter member and twice President of the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, and loved guiding people from all over the country, and hunting with his Sheep Society buddies and son-in-law Mick. He spent many days and nights volunteering on waterhole conservation projects in conjunction with the Arizona Game & Fish Department. When Bobbie retired from teaching in the Scottsdale School District in 1987, primarily to be able to watch her newborn grandson, Jesse Dean (J.D.) James, Dean retired from Honeywell, and went to work for the Game & Fish Department, working on an outdoor work crew. After he retired from that job, he enjoyed feeding wildlife at his place up in Eagar, as well as domestic wildlife in his backyard, and enjoying almost daily afternoon get togethers with his neighbors, Dave, John, John, Fritz and others. He truly enjoyed visiting with them. A visitation will be held Thursday evening, February 8, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Meldrum Mortuary, 52 N. McDonald Drive, Mesa. Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. at Eagar Cemetery, Eagar, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Arizona Voice for Crime Victims, P.O. Box 12722, Scottsdale, Arizona 85267. The organization has supported, and continues to support the Bowdoin and James families.
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In memory of
Harold "Dean" Bowdoin
Harold Dean Bowdoin ("Dean") Ahwatukee - Dean Bowdoin, 86, of Ahwatukee, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018, after a brief illness. He was born on April 4, 1931, in Winslow, Arizona, to parents Doug and Marie Bowdoin. He graduated from Round Valley High, where he met his future wife, Bobbie Ann Ashcroft. He was quite the athlete, and was courted by the NY Giants baseball team, but was underage and needed his father's consent. It wasn't to be. From there, he attended ASU, graduating in one of the first electrical engineering classes. He completed military service in the Navy, serving in San Diego, Honolulu and the Aleutian Islands on a submarine. Dean and Bobbie were married on March 31, 1951, and had 68 years together before her passing on July 4, 2009. Dean and Bobbie first lived in Phoenix, where their first daughter Leslie Marie James (Mick) was born. For a brief time they went back to Eagar, where Deana Lynne was born. Deana was taken needlessly from the family on January 7, 1978, and the family is still awaiting justice. Dean began his "permanent" career as an engineer at GE, then Honeywell. He had the opportunity to travel all over the world, managing process control systems for Exxon refineries. He was gregarious, meeting people all over the corporate world, and had the unique opportunity of living in Brussels for two years with Bobbie and Deana. His true passion, however, was for the outdoors, conservation and hunting. During his Honeywell days, he was also an Explorer Scout leader through the LDS Church. He made lifelong friends with those young men and passed along his love of hunting and camping and "work projects". He was a Master Guide, a charter member and twice President of the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, and loved guiding people from all over the country, and hunting with his Sheep Society buddies and son-in-law Mick. He spent many days and nights volunteering on waterhole conservation projects in conjunction with the Arizona Game & Fish Department. When Bobbie retired from teaching in the Scottsdale School District in 1987, primarily to be able to watch her newborn grandson, Jesse Dean (J.D.) James, Dean retired from Honeywell, and went to work for the Game & Fish Department, working on an outdoor work crew. After he retired from that job, he enjoyed feeding wildlife at his place up in Eagar, as well as domestic wildlife in his backyard, and enjoying almost daily afternoon get togethers with his neighbors, Dave, John, John, Fritz and others. He truly enjoyed visiting with them. A visitation will be held Thursday evening, February 8, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Meldrum Mortuary, 52 N. McDonald Drive, Mesa. Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. at Eagar Cemetery, Eagar, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Arizona Voice for Crime Victims, P.O. Box 12722, Scottsdale, Arizona 85267. The organization has supported, and continues to support the Bowdoin and James families.
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