Dennis Allen Mower, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, returned to his Father in Heaven on November 16, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 11, 1937 in Fairview, Utah to Fred Webster and Maurine Kiesel Mower and grew up in beautiful Oak Creek, Utah. He attended Snow College where he was a member of the football team. As a young man, he faithfully served in the Eastern States LDS Mission, then served as a member of the Utah National Guard.
He met his sweetheart, Beverly Videll Johnson, while attending Brigham Young University and married her for time and all eternity September 9, 1961 in the Manti LDS Temple. Upon graduating from BYU, the couple moved to Roosevelt, Utah, where Dennis worked as a counselor and teacher at Union High School. He later spent 10 years working for the Ute Indian tribe while serving as a member of the school board. Dennis continued his life long career in education by serving as superintendent of Duchesne County School District and later as superintendent of North Sanpete School District.
He loved running, golfing, and fishing for rainbow trout. He also loved all sports and was a true blue Cougar fan who loved to wake his children by calling, “Rise and shout, the Cougars are out!” He could tell anyone who asked the exact distance from his home to Cougar Stadium.
Dennis was a devoted member of the LDS Church with a profound love for his Savior. Dennis taught by word and example that great joy is found in loving and serving others. He felt blessed to hold many church callings that allowed him to influence the lives of others. Dennis served alongside his eternal companion in the California, Los Angeles Mission, the New Jersey, Cherry Hill Mission, and as an ordinance worker in the Manti LDS Temple. He was anxious to return once again to the mission field to share the gospel he loved.
Dennis is survived by his wife Beverly and their eight children: Greg (Christy) Mower, Sharene (Peter) Mallett, Suzanne (Troy) Larsen, Mike (Stephanie) Mower, Shelly (Mark) Anderson, Jenny (Daren) Koldewyn, Jeff (April) Mower, and Melissa (Seth) Valentine. He is also survived by 35 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his siblings: Marcia (Ralph) Tucker, Morris (Sharlene) Mower, George Clair Mower, Jed (Cindy) Mower, Sherry (Marlin) Christensen, Judy Smith, and sisters-in-law Oleah and Kathy Mower. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: baby sister, Galen, Larry and Roger Mower.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012 at the Shafer View Ward LDS Chapel, 1695 E. Amity Road, Meridian with a viewing to be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Burial will take place at the Melba Cemetery, in Melba later that day at 3 p.m. Arrangements are being provided by Zeyer Funeral Chapel, Nampa, 467-7300.