Gary Joseph Stowell, age 68 of Mountain Home, Idaho, passed away at his home, on January 31, 2017, in the arms of his family. Funeral services were held on Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and burial with military honors will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, in Mtn Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel, in Mtn Home.
Gary was born April 4, 1948, in Ogden, Utah, to Verland and Grace Stowell. He grew up on the family ranch in Rowland, Nevada. He attended elementary school in a one room schoolhouse on the Bruneau River. He loved the cows and horses and each one had a name. Gary worked hand in hand with his dad and brothers in every aspect of running a cattle ranch. All the hay was put up with a team of horses and hand stacked. His first love was his saddle horses and the many draft horses he trained to ride and pull.
Gary attended high school in Elko and the family traveled back and forth on weekends to help at the ranch. After graduation he went to BYU for a semester but decided ranch life was where his heart was. He joined the National Guard to serve his country but also to be able to help his father run the ranch.
In the fall of 1974, he met the love of his life, Marsha McMahan. They were married in the Oakland LDS Temple on August 30, 1975. They spent the first winter together in Southern California where he broke saddle horses for Rancho Grande. Several years later he moved back to the family ranch in Rowland. He raised seven children and for many boys who worked the ranch, Gary, was like a father to them. He taught his children to work hard, love the stock and the land.
For 20 years he was a Nevada brand inspector and was the mail carrier between Rowland, Nevada and Grasmere, Idaho. Gary was a very gentle man. Five years ago he was forced to leave his beloved ranch. He pulled up roots and joined his wife in Mountain Home. His new passion was buying homes on auction. Gary’s dream was to flip these homes and purchase another ranch. He was called to be the librarian at church and he loved this new calling.
August of 2016 he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Gary fought a tough battle but lost it to a lung infection. He was dearly loved by his family and friends.
Gary is survived by his loving wife Marsha, 5 sons; Ryan Stowell, Robby Stowell, Marc Stowell, Travis (Charlotte) Stowell, Brandon (Alyssa) Stowell, 2 daughters; Sherry Stowell-Heath and Anna (Matt) Severe, his grandchildren; Eric, Tyler, Kayalee, Kenneth, JJ, Kimber, Adin, Reata, Skeeter, Jaycee, Quincy, Bobby, Addalynn, Ivy, Abria, with 2 more on the way, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and his devoted cow dog Jackie. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers.
Donations in Gary’s memory can be sent to the Mountain Home Education Association Scholarship, C/O Rhonda Urquidi, 300 South, 11th East, Mtn Home, ID 83647.
The family would like to thank Treasure Valley Hospice, as well as, Bobby and Brenda, for their loving care.