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Donald Lee Bowles
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Donald Lee Bowles passed away October 26, 2017, in South Jordan, Utah of congestive heart failure and age-related causes. He was born at home in Salem, Virginia on December 27, 1931, to Emmett Lee Bowles and Gertrude Wilson Bowles.

Donald served in the military as a Marine during the Korean war.

He married Lillie Marie Bohon on September 11, 1954, in Roanoke, Virginia. In 1956 Donald and Lillie moved to California which was home until their move to South Jordan, Utah in 2012 to be closer to their children.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents

Donald is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lillie, son Gregory (Ann), daughters Donna Johnson (Tod), Teresa Goodner (Joe) and eight grandchildren, Christopher, Courtney, Ashley (Bradyn), Justin, Brandon, Austin (Tiffany), Amanda and Tyler. Also survived by his brothers, William and Kenneth Bowles and sister, Doris Barba all of Roanoke, Virginia.

He was a member of the LDS church and served faithfully in many callings.

Donald spent many years in the aerospace industry as a Mechanical Design Engineer working for Hughes Aircraft for 31 years. While at Hughes Aircraft he designed part of the camera that was on the Surveyor that landed on the moon in 1966. He also worked at Rockwell and Optics One, retiring completely in 2003. Donald was a “new idea” person. He designed and patented an auto device for which he received royalties for ten years.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley Funeral Chapel, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (10600 So.), South Jordan, UT.. Visitation from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. prior to funeral service. Interment will follow at South Jordan City Memorial Park with military honors. Online condolences at

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home - South Jordan

1007 W South Jordan Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095





2:00 PM
Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home - South Jordan

1007 W South Jordan Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095

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South Jordan City Cemetery

10655 South 1055 West
South Jordan, UT 84095


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