Bruce Lee Lowrey

Bruce Lee Lowrey, 88 years old, passed away October 1, 2020 at his home in Hurricane, Utah after a combination of illnesses that included kidney disease and liver cancer. Bruce was born in Malta, Montana on February 19, 1932 to Al Lowrey and Ivah Liscum.

Bruce married Naree in Compton, California on March 24, 1956.

Bruce is survived by his son, Scott, his wife, Naree, his younger sister Judy and his son, Scott. His parents, stepfather and his daughter, Dana, proceeded him in death.

Bruce moved with his mother from Malta, Montana to Lynwood, California with his mother at the end of the depression. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Joe Johnston. After graduating from high school, he entered the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was assigned as a radio intercept operator in West Germany. Education was always a priority with Bruce. When he returned home, he went to college and became a teacher, coach and councilor. He was a reserve Mono County Deputy while both going back to school and working as a school administrator in the eastern Sierra town of Bridgeport, California.

Bruce and his family moved to northern California where he worked for the California State Department of Education in Sacramento designing career guidance programs and finished his career working in facilities planning, taking school and student safety as a personal mission. Bruce retired with a Doctorate in Education. He and Naree moved to Hurricane, Utah to be close to their son.

Bruce loved the outdoors and the independent spirit found in southern Utah.

Bruce Lowrey was outwardly gregarious and ready to laugh. He was always an educator, protector and councilor. He was an attentive listener but always had an opinion to share. Yet he was personally humble and was always striving to extend his knowledge. His wish was to pass with a minimum of ceremony and no service. But his family does want those friends and family who are nearby or far away to know of his passing and the wit and true light that is now missing from the world.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guestbook at



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5 Responses

  1. Dr. Bruce Lowrey is a man I always, literally looked up to and as his little cousin I respected him even when we were kids. He was smart and protective. He was a giver, student, teacher, Counselor, Defender of law and order at one time, outdoorsman and family man. As I remember, He always made decisions that moved him forward as he did in his decision to let nature take its course at this critical time. Physically he is no longer with us, but know this; His legacy lives on. May peace be with his wonderful family as it surely is with him. Blessings and condolences and my deepest sympathy go out to his family.

  2. I too was a little cousin but did not have the opportunity to see much of Bruce. I do recall my respect for his intellect and a career in which he helped so many others. When we did get together he was a very interesting conversationalist. My dad always told me that I should try very hard to grow up to be a good man. Bruce was certainly this.

  3. Although cousin Bruce and I did not have close contact in our adult lives, I have many great memories of our couple of years together as teenagers in Lynwood, Ca. In the mid-forties. We were nearly inseparable, had similar interests and. great times together. Bev and I send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to Naree, Scott and Judy and cousins Terry, Glen and Wally Graves. May God support and comfort you in our mutual loss.

  4. I first remember him as being in the Air Force. It seemed like he was in the Air Force all through my childhood. Then he came home and I still didn’t seem to see him. Like Ross, he was one of those people you know is in the family, but since you don’t see them for decades at a time, you think they might just be a rumor and not be real at all. Yet he always sent us a card at Christmas. Even up to last year. That was special. And once when we were on our way to LA, Mary and I stopped and visited Naree and Bruce, and we had a great time. He was retired and I asked him what he did with all the free time he had then, and he said they kept very busy. I couldn’t picture that, but when I retired, I found it to be true. I sure could have used knowing him better. He was a fine man. It would have been nice to visit him one more time.

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