Quentin G. Bowman passed away Aug. 16, 2013. He was born June 21, 1919, at North Powder, Ore., to Albert and Helen Bowman. His parents were from pioneer families.
Quentin’s early education was received in a two-room school. He graduated from North Powder High School, where he served as student body president and editor of the school paper. After high school he attended Lewiston Normal in Idaho and Eastern Oregon College where he met his wife, Phyllis.
Quentin served five years in the army (three years in the South Pacific during World War II). He worked in General McArthur’s headquarters in Brisbane, Australia, where the general gave pep talks each morning.
Quentin earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree at Oregon State University, where he was elected to the OSU all-school and National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi. Upon graduation he taught vocational agriculture for five years at Wy’east High School in the Hood River valley. He is still fondly known as “Pops” to his students.
Quentin worked the next 20 years with the Oregon State Water Resources Board in “area development,” consulting with county water committees statewide. He later sold real estate until retirement.
Quentin is the author of seven books, with four resource books published by the state.
He was active in the community serving on the Salem Library Advisory board, as chairman of the Chemeketa Community College Senior Advisory Board, as resident and area governor of a Toastmaster club, president of the East Salem Kiwanis Club, as chairman of the Lansing Neighborhood Association, as treasurer of the Oregon Wildlife Federation, as a 4-H leader, chairman and treasurer of the Marion Water Management Council, and director and treasurer of the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District.
He was four times the recipient of a Salem distinguished service award and received the Oregon State University Diamond Registry for contributions to OSU and Oregon agriculture.
He enjoyed gardening, fishing, golfing, reading and writing, and was a lifetime learner, taking 110 classes at Chemeketa Community College after retiring.
Quentin is survived by his wife of 67 years, Phyllis; sons Gregory (Becky) of Eugene, and Roger (Lori) of Salem; grandsons Brian (Tara Jackson) and Ross (Kristen); great-grandson Quentin Lewis Bowman; and brother Howard.
Brothers Eugene and Forrest and sisters Evelyn Dickinson and La Rose Phillips preceded him in death.
Private interment will be at the Willamette National Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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No one can heal.
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