Joseph H. Bowcutt III passed away on August 31, 2019 at the age of 76. Joe was born September 8, 1942 in Logan, Utah to Joseph H. Bowcutt Jr. and Beth Macfarlane. He graduated from South Cache High School and later married the loved of his life and better half of 53 years, “Rowdy” Marlene Francis Bowcutt. They were first wed September 3, 1966 and later solemnized their marriage in the St. George Temple on May 7, 1994. Joe and Rowdy moved to St. George in 1975 and began to plant their roots in the place that quickly became Joe’s heaven on earth.
Joe is survived by Rowdy and their 5 children; Bryan (Becky) Smethurst, Cory Smethurst, Marci (Rick) Law, Taya Bowcutt, and Joseph H. Bowcutt IV. He also left behind 17 groovy grandkids and 7 groovy great grandkids whom he loved and spoiled. He is also survived by his sisters, Barbara (Garth) Vest, Kristie Bowcutt, and sister-in-law, Linda Bowcutt.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother James Bowcutt, and an infant brother.
Joe left behind a legacy of service and was a pillar in his community. Throughout his life he had served as an active member and President of the St. George Lions Club, President-Elect of the Dixie Sunrise Rotary Club, a member of the Elks Club, a member of the Board of Realtors, and served on the St. George City Council and Planning Commission since 2013. Joe was also a wonderful example and active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, still known by many as Bishop Bowcutt. A highlight of his life was serving with his sweetheart as missionaries in the Philippines Angeles mission.
Joe was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a friend to everyone. Joe didn’t know a stranger; everywhere he went he knew someone or found someone to talk to. He loved serving his family and community and was a pinnacle example of charity and unconditional love. His family extends far beyond his offspring, with many adopted members that claim Joe as their own. Joe made the world a better place and brought joy to others’ lives with his quick wit, wisdom, and fun-loving sense of humor. Most people that knew Joe can give an example of one of their favorite quotes or sayings of his. Joe had one of the biggest hearts and happiest smiles, and everyone who knew him could feel his warmth and love. The Bowcutt family takes solace in knowing that his spirit is still with us and that he continues his love and service in the afterlife.
The Bowcutt family would like to thank the people Joe worked with at Guild Mortgage. Thank you to the medical and emergency staff and first responders who attended to him in his final moments. Thank you to Joe’s regular primary care and specialist doctors. Thank you to the City of St. George for their kindness and support. Also, a final thank you to all of our friends and family for the outpouring of love and comfort through this difficult time.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Morningside Stake Center, 881 S. River Rd., St. George. There will be a viewing Friday evening September 6 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday prior to services from 9:00-10:30 a.m., both held at the Stake Center. Interment will take place in the Tonaquint Cemetery.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Joe’s online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.