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James Bowker

James Bowker

Obituary for James Bowker

(This obituary has been slightly modified from its original version to better fit this audience.)

James Romily “Doc” Bowker, Sr. (60 years old) quietly passed away unexpectedly, in his sleep on September 28, 2015 while visiting a former missionary companion, Steve Wheeler, in Heber City, Utah. Jim was born in Long Beach, California on March 19, 1955 and resided much of his life in Canoga Park, California before making his final home in Hesperia, California for the past 32 years. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Nancy Jean (Burdick) Bowker; Son, James Romily Bowker, Jr. and wife Stephanie (Rodriguez) Bowker (children James Bowker, Jack Thomas Bowker, Alexandria Jayde Bowker, Alaina Lillyus Rodriguez-Spinks); Daughter, Amy Michele Bowker (children Grace Kathryn Prather, Faith Madeline Prather, Aubrey Lorraine Prather); and Daughter, Allison Marie Bowker; Mother, Annabell (Jenkins) Bowker; Brother John Chester Bowker, Jr. and wife, Angela Bowker (children Jaimie……); Brother, Dale Edward Bowker and wife, Pamela Tuckett (children Thomas ….. Bowker, Charles …… Bowker, and Sarah…. Bowker. He was preceded in death by his father, John Chester Bowker, Sr.

Jim served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in the Alberta-Saskatchewan/Canada Calgary Mission. Over the years, he never lost his deep love for the people there, and returned almost annually to visit them.  In fact, at the time of his passing, he was en route to a small reunion with his mission president and others with whom he served, and then it was on to Southern Alberta to visit his many, many friends there. (Elder Bowker was also known to bring generous gifts to people in the Hutterite colonies in Southern Alberta with whom he worked some 40 years earlier.)

At the age of 16, Jim got his first job as a burglar alarm installer for PM Alarm Company, after which, he started his own alarm company called Mountain Man Alarm. He spent the last 38 years working as a locomotive engineer for the Southern Pacific Railroad which was later bought out by the Union Pacific Railroad. Jim’s fellow railroad friends affectionately called him “Doc” as he was known for wearing brightly colored scrub tops to work.

Jim was a larger than life character who often brought a smile to those around him. He quietly served others in very thoughtful ways, letting them know he truly cared about them. He will be greatly missed by many who were the recipients of his generosity, love and friendship.

Services were held Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hesperia.!/TributeWall

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10/10/15 12:08 PM #1    

Steven A. Campbell

Always had a smile on his face and such a positive/fun attitude.  Lots of fond memories of Elder Bowker.  I know you will be missied.  God Bless.

10/10/15 08:49 PM #2    

Rex L. Papa

I didn't have the privilage to meet James how ever my brother Phillip Papa served with him. I feel for the pains of parting for the family. I was told that James loved the people He served and sounds that He really did.

10/13/15 07:39 AM #3    

Douglas M. Hanks

Elders Bowker and (G) Rogers were in our zone in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. It was not long ago I quoted Elder Bowker in Sunday School class. He belived in all things common and that usally meant work and your fridge. As Elder Campbell and Papa mention Elder Bowker was a fun elder to know and I thank him for that.

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