Don Gower, 83, of Trout Lake, Wash., died Sunday, April 14, 2013.
He was born Jan. 10, 1930, in Quincy, Ill., to Mildred and Edward Gower.
In 1967, he moved his family to Salem, Ore., to work for the Ball Corporation, raising azaleas for wholesale. In 1971, he began attending evening classes at Portland State University, where he earned his CPA.
He worked in the accounting field for the rest of his career, including work as interim finance director at the City of The Dalles and director of finance for the City of Redmond, until his retirement in 2000.
He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to fish and hunt with his boys. He also enjoyed gardening, raising flowers and woodworking.
He was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic parish in White Salmon, Wash., and the Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Alice (Henry) Gower and his second wife Mary (Velky) Gower.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Gower, brothers Robert Gower (Marian) and Edward Gower (Elaina); sister Cynthia Lalond (Mike); children Sharon Blakely, Mary Desmarteau (David), Michael Gower (Tracy), David Gower; step-children Julie Smyth (Jeb), Mark Velky, Mable Gustafson (Gus), Juliette LaFranchi (Joe), Sharon Eichner (Rod), and Kevin Barth (Toni); 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Reading of the Rosary will be Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in White Salmon. His funeral service will be celebrated at noon Saturday, April 20, at St. Joseph.
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