Reed Richard Cowan passed away this past Saturday morning, October 9, at the age of 56 following a period of declining health.
The son of Richard and Dawn Cowan, Reed was born in Provo on August 2, 1965. While attending Wasatch Elementary School, one of his teachers called him her “sunshine boy.” Because this nickname fit Reed’s friendly and optimistic personality, it stuck. Reed graduated from Provo High School where he made many friendships which have lasted through the years. Active in Scouting, Reed attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
Always inquisitive and eager to learn about everything, Reed developed an interest in aviation. During his high school years he participated in a youth auxiliary of the Civil Air Patrol and enjoyed the assignment to use colored flags to direct in-coming aircraft during an air show at the Provo Airport.
While attending the College of Eastern Utah in Price, Reed was involved in a serious automobile accident that eventually resulted in his losing his left foot. He didn’t let this injury get him down. He accepted a call to serve as a missionary in the Church’s England Coventry Mission. Concerning the British dialects he encountered, he quipped that those who insist that England is not a foreign mission don’t know what they are talking about.
Upon returning home, Reed married Pam Elkins of Provo. She had been a missionary in New Zealand while he was serving in England. They were married in the Provo LDS Temple on February 10, 1989, and became the parents of three children — Becki, Amber, and Zachary.
Reed loved his family and enjoyed attending school, church, and other events in which his children participated. In recent years, “game nights” in which family members noisily yet joyously crowded around a table game became favorite events. Many associates enjoyed and appreciated his fun-loving personality yet caring friendship.
Reed continued to have many interests. He was a loyal Cougar fan and attended many football games. He enjoyed seeing vintage airplanes, especially from World War II. He helped organize the local Lego Users Club and enjoyed creating vehicles, figures, and other objects from the tiny bricks.
He continued to be active in the Church, typically serving as a teacher in priesthood quorums and Sunday School, often with his wife Pam.
During most of the 32 years of their married life, Reed and Pam made their home in West Provo. Only recently, however, they moved to West Jordan where they could be closer to their children.
In addition to losing his foot, Reed battled a number of health challenges including diabetes and limited kidney function, which required him to receive dialysis. During this past summer, he appeared to be losing strength and slowing down. On Tuesday evening last week, his strength had slipped to the point that he could hardly stand, so he was taken to the hospital where he died.
Reed Cowan is survived by his wife Pam of West Jordan; by his children Becki (Mrs. Zach Rogers) of West Jordan, Amber (Mrs. Thomas Olsen) of Alpine, and Zachary also of Alpine; by his parents, Richard and Dawn Cowan of Provo; and by his siblings, Sandra (Mrs. Angelo Rodriguez) of Lehi, Linda (Mrs. Aaron Gerber) of Raleigh, North Carolina, Lee Cowan and his wife Marnie of Provo, Tricia Cowan of Orem, and Donna (Mrs. Nolan Coleman) of Springville. These family members and many friends mourn his passing and believe his mortal life ended way too soon.
A memorial service will be held at Willow Grove LDS Church Building.
Saturday October 16th Viewing 9:30am – Service 11:00am 1945 W 9000 S West Jordan, UT 84088
Interment will occur at West Jordan City cemetery 7925 S 1300 W, West Jordan, UT 84088