Moylen Bennion Owens passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, peacefully in his home in Show Low, the very same location in Show Low where he was born and lived for 95 years. He had been suffering the results of a stroke, which occurred in July 2016.
A viewing will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Downtown Chapel in Show Low. The funeral service will directly follow at 10 a.m. Interment will be at the Show Low Cemetery.
Moylen was born April 28, 1922, and was the fourth child of 12 born to Almon David Owens and Alta Ellsworth Owens.
He loved growing up in Show Low, and chumming around with his younger brother Duane. They enjoyed many childhood memories together. As young children they had a pet coyote and someone in town had a deer they enjoyed playing with.
He left to World War II and served his country in India as a parachute rigger in the Army Air Corps. This was the only time he lived anywhere other than Show Low.
When he returned he married Joy Hollie on April 18, 1947, in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple.
He was a lifelong member of the LDS church and served in many different callings. One calling he enjoyed was Sunday School president.
Each Mother’s Day he used his talent of writing poetry for the mothers of the ward. He enjoyed writing both short stories and poetry. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all enjoy the different Christmas stories he compiled, as well as poems for different people in different stages of life.
He had a lifelong love of horses, and rode until he was over 90 years old. He loved to travel by land or by sea. He loved to enjoy the beauties of God’s creations, whether camping in the mountains, or gardening in his yard, or traveling across the country and visiting abroad. When he was on a ship, he loved the rough water and to feel the ship rocking him. One job he always joked about having was to be in the crow’s nest as a lookout on the ship. He continued to joke about getting that job even after losing his eyesight.
He loved to plant. This included gardens, and all kinds of trees and shrubs, including fruit trees. He loved to nurture and watch them grow. He almost always had on a pair of rubber boots and a shovel over his shoulder, ready for the next place that needed irrigation. He could take a parched piece of ground and make it look like the Garden of Eden. His gardens always had straight rows and the absence of weeds. He enjoyed sharing his harvest with others.
Moylen and Joy built and operated the A&W Root Beer Drive In in Show Low during the 1960s. They also built and operated a mobile home park. They ran other businesses, as well as owning a dairy and selling milk. They own some fishponds and meadows on the north side of Main Street along Show Low Creek. Many out of town and local Scout camps, girls camps, church groups, family reunions and businesses have enjoyed kayaking in their ponds and camping by the creek, thanks to the hard work of Moylen in providing a beautiful place to enjoy nature, but very convenient to town.
After his stroke he continued to love life even though he was bed ridden. He always enjoyed visits from family and friends. He was very appreciative of every act of service that was given to him. He was not shy on gratitude.
Survivors include his wife, Joy; and six of their eight children, Daniel, David, Donald, Dennis, Carolyn (Brewer) and Linda (Wright). He currently has 59 grandchildren and 135 great-grandchildren and more to come. His younger brother Duane lives in Ojai, Calif., and his younger sister Lapriel Gillespie resides in Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his children, Dustin and Richard Owens; his brothers, Orr, Cecil, Seth, Mervin, Troy and Abner; and his sisters, Cecilia Perkins, Norma Ellsworth and Renae Theabold.
Silver Creek Mortuary of Taylor was in charge of the arrangements.