Nathaniel C. (Nat) Bowen

1943 – 2014

Our beloved husband and father, Nathaniel Casey Bowen, 70, of Sandy, Utah, passed away peacefully at his home March 2, 2014.

He was born July 26, 1943 in Portland, Oregon to Thann Dee and Rose Dubravac Bowen.  Nat married his loving and devoted wife Inga Ross Spendlove.  He graduated from White Pine High School in Ely, Nevada and served in the U.S. army in Germany from 1966 to 1968.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Technology from Brigham Young University where he was featured on the cover of 1963 BYU Banyan yearbook. Nat also appeared as a cowboy in several episodes of the TV series “The Monroes.”   His career included working in engineering and management positions at Kennecott for 17 years, 9 years in engineering and management at Hercules Aerospace, completing his career by teaching Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology at Taylorsville and Hunter High Schools, and at Salt Lake Community College.

He is survived by his wife Inga, his two sons: Casey (Jennifer) Bowen and Jonathan (Amanda) Bowen, and daughters Jocelyn Spendlove, Laurie Bowen and Cynthia Bowen, sisters Gloria (Paul) Miller and Nancy (Andrew) Tadie, and 12 grandchildren, who were the delight of his life.  He is also survived by Uncle Val and many cousins and nieces and nephews, his lifelong friends Rod, Jack, and cousin Ron who he considered his brothers.

He was preceded in death by both parents.

Nat tried to make the “science of happiness” the goal of his life, leaving those he met feeling happier.  He had an incredible memory, a great sense of humor, and the ability to tell stories that were rich with life lessons, family values, and wisdom.  He enjoyed traveling and seeing the world and learning of other cultures.  Nat had compassion for the under privileged and unfortunate.  He built homes for his family and parents close by, and enjoyed making elaborate dinners for them and friends.  He loved the mountains, hunting, wildlife, and especially his beloved dogs.

While our hearts are broken, we are comforted that he is now free of pain and reunited with his beloved father and mother.

The family expresses gratitude for the attentive care from Dr. Barclay Bigelow and his staff during many difficult years.

Private family services were held March 8, 2014, at Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy.


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  1. JOHN STODDART says:

    Nat always made where he was a better place. His wit and charm seemed to warm where ever he was. Everyone has memories of their favorite people, but Nat used to workout with me during track season at WPHS and he just made things enjoyable. He had names for everyone, many did not even make sense but surely made you feel good. The World was a better place with Nat in it, but now he ha gone to his reward for doing just that. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. God is blessing you. John

  2. Pat Howe, class of 61 says:

    I am very sorry to hear of Nat’s passing. He was a great kid and always so friendly and positive in high school and very popular too. He and I occasionally visited each other’s pages in recent years. I send my sincerest condolences and prayers to all his family. Peace and Blessings,

    Patty Howe Raske

    Sun City AZ and Loveland CO

  3. Gene Townsend WPHS Class of '61 says:

    I graduated with you in 1961 from WPHS. You were a good friend. I hope I am good enough to join you one day on the other side.
    Gene Townsend

  4. Don Tate says:

    Our family’s kindest thoughts are with the family of Nat as we knew each of them for many years while all of us lived in McGill. He was always most thoughtful and truly interested in learning of others and making them feel good about what they were doing. We were grateful to have known not only Nat, but his Dad and Mom as well as Nancy and Gloria. What a beautiful family! Don Tate – WPHS Class of 60

  5. Milt Brown says:

    I went to high school with Nat for a couple of years when I lived in Ely.. We worked on a ranch in Baker, NV one summer helping to bring in the hay. Had good times catching snakes and just enjoying nature.. I remember him as a good friend and a kind and generous person. I will miss you Nat.. God Bless you… your friend… Milt Brown

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