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Douglas Patten Cowley
November 21, 1969 ~ July 5, 2012
Viewing: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 7:00 until 9:00 P.M. at Gillies Funeral Chapel; 9:30 until 10:30 am at the Brigham City North Stake Center.
Services: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Brigham City North Stake Center
Interment: Brigham City Cemetery
Brigham City- Our loving son and brother, Douglas Patten Cowley 42, passed away at his home unexpectedly on Thursday, July 5, 2012. He was born on November 21, 1969 in Rehobeth, NM to Courtney Bill Cowley and Patricia Patten Cowley. As a young child he lived on the Navajo Indian Reservation and Carson City, NV. At the age of 11 he moved to Brigham City, UT. In spite of the challenges and limitations Doug faced in this life, he lived life to its fullest. His participation in the Special Olympics included bowling, skiing, equestrian, and swimming, and he attended the international meet in Baton Rouge, LA. He loved and fully participated in scouting, attending many camps and becoming an Eagle Scout just before his 18th birthday. Doug attended Canyon View School in Ogden, UT. before attending Box Elder High School, where he lettered in track and field. He also lettered in LDS Seminary every year. He loved high school and the friendships he made and never missed a Box Elder football game. He graduated in 1992 and was presented with the School Spirit Award. During his life he worked at McDonalds, KFC, Sonic Drive-In, and currently worked at Enable Utah in Ogden, UT. Doug loved sports, movies, calendars, Star Wars, music, and the internet. He had an amazing memory for facts, statistics, and details, and loved to share his knowledge about the things he was interested in. He was an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was a faithful home teacher and created a monthly newsletter for the missionaries and service men and women in his ward. He was looking forward to the open house and dedication of the Brigham City Utah Temple. As his family we feel that Doug has been one of our greatest teachers in life. We are grateful for the lessons that we have learned and the gifts that we have received from him. We are happy that he is free from the difficulties and frustrations that he experienced in this life. We wish that we could witness the sweet reunion that he is having with his brother, Wade. Survivors include his parents and sisters, Lucinda Cowley, Brigham City, Robin Cowley, West Jordan and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins. Preceded in death by his brother, Wade, his grandparents, and his dog, Simba. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Brigham City North Stake Center, 620 North 300 East. Viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 7:00 until 9:00 P.M. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, UT and on Wednesday morning at the church from 9:30 until 10:30 A.M. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery. Email condolences to the family at www.gilliesfuneralchapel.com.
Brother and Sister Cowley,
I wanted to write you and thank you for the opportunity you provided me to know Doug. The day I learned of Doug’s passing, I happened to listen to Elder Rasband’s talk from the April 2012 general conference, where he said (quoting Elder Russell M. Nelson) that “some of the sweetest spirits are housed in frail frames....” This was certainly true of Doug. Whenever I spent time with Doug, I could sense his goodness and kindness. Before your family moved into our ward, I had been taught that people born with mental disabilities had been so righteous before coming to earth that they did not need to be tested in this life. I didn’t really understand what that meant until I met Doug. I hope that one day I can grow spiritually to be worthy of the blessings Doug has already earned.
I’m grateful that I was able to see Doug in April of this year and be reminded of what a wonderful person he is. I have many fond memories of Doug, and think of him and your family often. Thank you for the gift of knowing Doug, and for your example in loving and caring for him. I’m sorry I will not be able to express these thoughts to you in person, but my family and I now live in the Washington DC area and I will not be able to attend the funeral. But my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
Pat, I'm so sorry for your loss. Doug was an amazing guy. The obituary was a beautiful tribute to him. God bless you and your family.