I.A. "Bud" Lowell

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Former Juneau resident Irving Arthur "Bud" Lowell died June 23, 2010 in Denver, Colo. He was 87 years old.

Bud was born in Juneau on February 2, 1923 and grew up in Juneau. His family lived at 411 W. 12th Street and he graduated from Juneau High School. He spent his youth working with his father in the salmon and halibut fishing and fish-buying business, primarily around Elfin Cove. As a college student at University of Washington, he joined ROTC, and served as the commanding officer of a mine sweeper in the Pacific theater after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After the war, he went to the University of Colorado to obtain a master's degree in chemistry and, more importantly, to meet the love of his life, Jane Quinby. After graduating from CU, he took a job with the telephone company, rising through the ranks to become Vice President of Rates and Tariffs by the time of his retirement in 1984.

Over the 62 years that Bud and Jane were married, they raised three daughters and two sons, and they traveled extensively in their retirement years. Bud loved to fish, bird hunt and travel, but was happiest when he was with his family or with the myriad of friends that he made over his lifetime.

He is survived by his wife Jane; children, Kate Sandberg (Mark), Meg Sommers (Jim), John Lowell (Jennifer), Peter Lowell (Pam), and Sarah Holtzclaw (Mike); brothers, John (Naomi) and Art (Sue); grandchildren, Peter Sandberg, Eric Sandberg, Kathleen Lowell, Hillary Lowell, Tyler Lowell, Craig Holtzclaw, Alice Holtzclaw, Jill Holtzclaw, and great-grandson Elias Sandberg.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church on the corner of Simms and 20th Avenue in Lakewood, Colo.

Memorial donations may be sent to Shepherd of the Hills Church at 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood, CO 80215, or to the Jeffco Action Center at 8755 W. 14th Ave., Lakewood, CO 80215.

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