3/15/1932 ~ 4/26/2023
Lowell Wood Dobson passed away peacefully on April 26, 2023, at Covington Senior Living Center in Orem, Utah. Shirley, his loving wife of 69 years, was with him. He was 91.
Lowell was born to Leon Edward Dobson and Lula Ann Wood of Holden, Utah, on March 15,1932, and was the 7th of 8 boys. He learned the value of hard work at an early age and attended school in Holden, Utah. He graduated from Millard High School in Fillmore, Utah, where he was the Freshman Class President. Lowell was physically active and tried many sports but found his true niche in wrestling, and in his senior year, he won the State Wrestling Championship.
After graduating from high school, he attended the Agriculture College in Cedar City, Utah, and later transferred to BYU. Knowing he would soon be drafted during the Korean War, he left school and enlisted in the Army. During a military leave, he hitchhiked home from Fort Lewis, Washington, and married his sweetheart, Shirley Louise Brower on September 3, 1953, in the living room of her parents’ home in Flowell, Utah.
Lowell spent most of his working career as a salesman for Sears Roebuck and Company. He became a trusted and honest employee leading to many repeat customers andmany awards, including the top salesman in the Utah/Idaho area.
Lowell was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served faithfully in many callings, including serving as bishop in both the Provo 20th Ward and the Spanish Fork Canyon Ward. Lowell and Shirley and their children were sealed as a family in the Manti Temple on June 21, 1962. Later in life, they served as missionaries in the Nairobi Kenya Mission, temple workers in Utah, and church service missionaries from their home.
Lowell’s passion was the great outdoors. Whether it was hunting, fishing, photography, or just “following the road to see where it led,” it was there he found joy and refuge from the stresses of life. In his later years, he discovered wood turning and created many beautiful pieces which his family still treasure. He was known for always helping others in need and had an innate ability to fix almost anything. His thought was always, “Why pay someone to do something you can figure out for yourself?” Lowell was a loving father and grandfather. He loved playing with his grandkids and showing them the wonders of nature. They all adored him.
Lowell is survived by his wife and his children: Perry (Celeste) Dobson, Doug (Julie) Dobson, Tami (Dirk) Walk, Darwin (Jenny) Dobson, and Shaunda Osborn, as well as 21 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Don, Evan, Myron, Cliff, Earl, Lester, and Melvin.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 6, 2023, at the Canyon Ward Chapel, 3477 E River Bottoms Road, Spanish Fork, Utah at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Holden Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank Marianne from iCare Hospice for her tender care of our father during his last few days.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the humanitarian or missionary fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.