Wayne Dean Fowers of St. George, Utah, beloved father, husband and friend, passed away on April 23, 2019. He was born on June 24, 1944 in Los Angeles, California to VerDean and Maureen Fowers. He was sealed to Anita Rosenthal for time and all eternity on June 17, 1967 in the Los Angeles LDS Temple and had three children, David, Carrie and Matthew.
Wayne grew up in Los Angeles and after graduating Monroe High School, served a two-year LDS church mission to the Argentina, Buenos Aires Mission (1964-1966). Upon his honorable release, he returned home, met Anita, fell in love, and quickly became engaged. Wayne enrolled in BYU and they had a long-distance relationship for six months. They married and moved to Provo while Wayne worked on and earned a degree in Business from BYU. Upon graduation, Wayne and Anita moved to Panorama City, CA, for his first job. This began his lifelong career of working in the computer industry. He worked for various computer companies throughout his career, including RCA, MSI, Data General, ROLM, ALPS, and Sun Microsystems.
Wayne had many hobbies. At a young age, he played softball, learned to play the trumpet and took up golfing. He had a love of the outdoors and grew up camping with his parents and sister Loralee. They visited Yosemite numerous times throughout the years. Wayne hiked to the top of Half Dome 12 times. He shared his love of camping and backpacking with his wife and children, often taking their summer vacations to state and national parks. He took up running in the 1970’s, ran in numerous 5K, 10K and 1/2 marathon races. He ran the St. George Marathon 22 times, putting him in the elite “20 Year Club.”
Wayne was always working around his house and yard on projects. He had an extensive collection of tools and loved woodworking. He installed custom cabinets and crown moulding in most of their homes. Wayne would frequently be seen wearing either a t-shirt from a race he had run in or a Hawaiian shirt. He loved to read in his spare time and mostly enjoyed Tom Clancy and LDS church books.
Wayne was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in numerous capacities, from Stake Young Men’s President to being called as a bishop twice. He served as a member of the High Council for over 20 years (not continuously). When the Newport Beach Temple opened, he and Anita served as an ordinance workers there.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Anita, and his children; David (Shelley) Salt Lake City, Carrie Korth (Mark) Moraga, California, and Matthew (Jill) Kyle, Texas and his sister, Loralee (Ryan) Ogden, Utah. He loved playing in the pool, building sandcastles and watching the sporting activities of his 8 grandchildren, Sydney, Jessica, Jordan, Emily, Allison, Kyle, Taylor and Scott. He was a caring and loving uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.
He was dearly loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 27th at noon, with a viewing from 10-11:30 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 1483 W Angel Arch Dr. St. George, Utah. Interment will be held at Tonaquint Cemetery immediately following the funeral.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.