Donald Warren Bowthorpe
Born: 4/26/1937, Holladay, Utah
Born April 26, 1937 in Holladay, Utah, Don was the eldest of Anders and Donna Day Bowthorpe’s children. Don grew up in Holladay with his brothers and sisters and many cousins and aunts and uncles, and often spoke of his childhood with great fondness. He was a Utah State Champion in wrestling in high school only losing one match. After high-school he was a competitive boxer and was very good.
In 1958 Don married Lynda Walker (Catron) and they had three children, Troy, Kimberly, and Bryan. He spent a couple of years in the army, but his adventurous spirit took him and is family to Hawaii where he started his construction company.
He enjoyed his life in Hawaii to the fullest, but he could never stay in the same place very long and his heart drew him to Alaska in 1973. His move to Alaska brought many things to his life including a flourishing business, gold panning, flying airplanes and love.
He met Yvonne (Yogi) in Juneau, Alaska in 1982 and fell in love. Yogi came to Don with five children, Lena-K, Sondra, Dwayne, Kyle, and Nathan. Don loved Yogi and her children and adopted all five of them into his heart. In his later years he and his wife, Yogi, made their home in both Juneau, Alaska and Castle Valley, Utah traveling frequently to both so they could be with all of the family as much as possible.
The last 6 ½ years of his life, Don battled cancer. He fought the cancer like the champion fighter he was. His always positive attitude kept him going to the very end. He made sure he checked everything off of his bucket lists before he went to heaven.
Don had a way of making every person in his life feel as though they were special. He will be remembered for his strength, sense of humor, loving tender heart, and his adventurous spirit. Don is survived by his wife of 33 years Yvonne (Yogi) Bowthorpe, his children Troy (Cindy) Bowthorpe, Kimberly Bowthorpe, Bryan Bowthorpe, and his adopted children Lena-K Walker, Sondra (Gary) Blackwell, Dwayne Finney, Kyle Finney, and Nathan Almaas; his brothers Kent (Carol) and Monte (Janie) Bowthorpe, his sisters Kathleen (Darvin) Shields, and Marianne (Roy) Pipkin, many nieces and nephews and grandchildren and great grandchildren.
At Don's request cremation has taken place and a Memorial Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Castle Valley Branch on Friday, September 25th at 11:00 am. There will an opportunity for family and friends to come and share stories.
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