Joseph H. Bowcutt III

Joseph H. Bowcutt III passed away on August 31, 2019 at the age of 76. Joe was born September 8, 1942 in Logan, Utah to Joseph H. Bowcutt Jr. and Beth Macfarlane. He graduated from South Cache High School and later married the loved of his life and better half of 53 years, “Rowdy” Marlene Francis Bowcutt. They were first wed September 3, 1966 and later solemnized their marriage in the St. George Temple on May 7, 1994. Joe and Rowdy moved to St. George in 1975 and began to plant their roots in the place that quickly became Joe’s heaven on earth.

Joe is survived by Rowdy and their 5 children; Bryan (Becky) Smethurst, Cory Smethurst, Marci (Rick) Law, Taya Bowcutt, and Joseph H. Bowcutt IV. He also left behind 17 groovy grandkids and 7 groovy great grandkids whom he loved and spoiled. He is also survived by his sisters, Barbara (Garth) Vest, Kristie Bowcutt, and sister-in-law, Linda Bowcutt.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother James Bowcutt, and an infant brother.

Joe left behind a legacy of service and was a pillar in his community. Throughout his life he had served as an active member and President of the St. George Lions Club, President-Elect of the Dixie Sunrise Rotary Club, a member of the Elks Club, a member of the Board of Realtors, and served on the St. George City Council and Planning Commission since 2013. Joe was also a wonderful example and active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, still known by many as Bishop Bowcutt. A highlight of his life was serving with his sweetheart as missionaries in the Philippines Angeles mission.

Joe was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a friend to everyone. Joe didn’t know a stranger; everywhere he went he knew someone or found someone to talk to. He loved serving his family and community and was a pinnacle example of charity and unconditional love. His family extends far beyond his offspring, with many adopted members that claim Joe as their own. Joe made the world a better place and brought joy to others’  lives with his quick wit, wisdom, and fun-loving sense of humor. Most people that knew Joe can give an example of one of their favorite quotes or sayings of his. Joe had one of the biggest hearts and happiest smiles, and everyone who knew him could feel his warmth and love. The Bowcutt family takes solace in knowing that his spirit is still with us and that he continues his love and service in the afterlife.

The Bowcutt family would like to thank the people Joe worked with at Guild Mortgage. Thank you to the medical and emergency staff and first responders who attended to him in his final moments. Thank you to Joe’s regular primary care and specialist doctors. Thank you to the City of St. George for their kindness and support. Also, a final thank you to all of our friends and family for the outpouring of love and comfort through this difficult time.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Morningside Stake Center, 881 S. River Rd., St. George. There will be a viewing Friday evening September 6 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday prior to services from 9:00-10:30 a.m., both held at the Stake Center. Interment will take place in the Tonaquint Cemetery.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Joe’s online guestbook at



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Morningside Stake Center
881 S. River Rd
St. George, UT 84770


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Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S. Dixie Dr.
St. George, UT

Guest Book

44 Responses

  1. To the Bowcutt family and especially Rowdy. I’m so sorry for your loss. Joe was a good friend to me and will be missed by many Go with God my good friend.

  2. Joe you will be missed so much. You were a great man and my dear friend. Always willing to help everyone who knew you. My prayers are with you my friend. Until we meet again.

  3. Sending my love to Rowdy and Bowcutt family during this tender time. I’m so glad to have known Joe. He was a rock of our community and worked tirelessly to serve others. What a fantastic, kind and delightful guy! No one can take his place. I’m glad he was my friend.

  4. Rowdy and family: I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Carol Lakin

  5. I have never met anyone more kind and willing to give than Joe. What an honor it’s been to know him and call him my friend. He has left an amazing impact on everyone he has crossed paths with and he will surely never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to Rowdy and his family.

  6. You were an amazing man Joe and we were honored to call you our friend. You will be missed.
    Much love ❤️ to Rowdy and family ❤️
    Barry & Linda Jacobsen

  7. Joe has always had the ability to make people comfortable and usually laughing when he was near. I was his last hire at Moore Business Forms and every time I’ve run into him since, he has remembered me and stopped to catch up. What a super person he is and I’ll never forget him! May all your good memories lift you up and comfort you during this difficult time.
    Lori & Ted Taylor

  8. Joe Bowcutt was a high school friend and co-conspirator in a myriad of pranks and adventures on main street Logan. His mother’s for was a favored vehicle to drag main with. Joe was a leader of leaders, a person with an uncanny ability to see humor in everything and everyone, yet never was he cruel or unkind. His generosity was genuine, and his ability to remember names and events was legendary. His tradition of service began early, with his election as a senior class officer, and his memory is one of my precious jewels. Blessings to his family and to his Rowdy, a woman Joe had deep love and respect for.

  9. Our sympathy and prayers are with you, Rowdy, and the rest of your family. While we are unable to attend, we want you to know we are thinking of you at this time.

    Joe and Irene Empey

  10. Rowdy and Family,
    We wanted you to know how much we loved Joe and how much we love you. Joe was a special person and all your family, that I have met, take after him. We know this will be an awful time for you, but I am glad you have so many happy memories of Joe.

    Miriam and Manuel Palma

  11. A good and loyal friend to one and all. We send our condolences to the family… he will be missed!

  12. We met Joe when he first ran for City Council. We would see him at the meetings which we attended on a pretty regular basis. He would always stop and visit with us inquiring as to how we were. When we missed a meeting he would send an email asking if we were ok. In learning more about his and Rowdy’s life and the service they gave, we were amazed. Joe’s commitment to people is much more than one can fathom. We treasure the memories we have of our interactions with him. Our condolences to his family. Please know that Joe Bowcutt was one of the finest men we have known.

  13. Dearest Joe Bowcutt family,

    Even though I didn’t know Joe very well or for very long he was always a bright spot along the way. His smile was contagious
    and his love and compassion everlasting. He would always comment on what a great story I put out and encouraged me to keep up the good work! He will be greatly missed by this community for sure. May our paths cross again. Thanks Joe! You were a true inspiration.

    Melissa Anderson


  15. I met Joe at a previous Mortgage Company a few years ago. He was a person that instantly caught my interest. He was such a generous man with a pleasant personality. I would see Joe at the grocery store and other places and he would always remember my name with a smile. I will never forget Joe for the rest of life.

  16. We pray you have comfort and peace at this sacred time. Loving memories coming to you all from River Heights and from our hearts. Ted has many wonderful memories growing up with Jim and Joe on the side hill, the open fields, watermelon patches, dry canyon and the beautiful mountains of cache valley. We had so much fun growing up in River Heights. Love to you all.

  17. We LOVE our Joe! He will be extremely missed. His sweet “thank you notes”, will be missed, as well. He was always so thoughtful and made sure you always felt loved and appreciated. There is definitely a large hole left in our hearts. Prayers to Rowdy and the family. We know that he will stay close and always watch over them. Much love to you! RIP
    Kenney and Lana Prior

  18. Joe was a witty and kind soul who always spoke from his heart, and was a true example of kindness. Just like his Savior. He will be missed.

  19. Joe you will be missed. Your words of advice will not be forgotten; nor will your example of charity. It was a pleasure working and brushing shoulders with you the past year. What a great example you were!

  20. Joe is a very good man, I only dealt with him a little, in his service on City Council, but he left a lasting impression on me. He was always positive, kind, encouraging and optimistic. I think he is a rare man, good to the core. He was such a good example. I miss him, I can only imagine how much his family and those close to him miss him. My condolences to Joe’s wife and the Bowcutt family.

    May God bless his family and friends!

  21. Dear Rowdy, We loved serving with you and Joe in the Philippines Angeles Mission. We especially remember Joe telling the missionaries,”Now go on out there and give them HEAVEN!” Now he is up there doing what he advised them to do. We love you both. Jesse and Carolyn Prisbrey

  22. our Hearts go out to Rowdy and family. We have loved you for many years and will miss Joe so much. That back row is going to be so empty with the vacant seat. We love you Rowdy.
    Pete and Sharlene Memmott.

  23. DJ and Spring Johnson. Joe, you will be missed, and never replaced. Our industry will never be the same. Rest in Peace my friend.

  24. Diane and I share in your sadness at loss but also gladness that we got to share some time with Joe & Rowdy. We had many small but meaningful conversations that we will treasure. Our hearts are with you, especially now and going forward.
    Diane and Dave Nutter

  25. Joe was so loved by all who knew him. I will miss you Joe. I can’t wait until we see each other again!
    Pam Thornton

  26. Our condolences to the family and those close to Joe, he is and will be remembered as a good neighbor, friend, leader and as a great man, I am glad to have met and known him in this life. He will be missed. Your family is in our prayers.

  27. Many years ago at Moore Business Forms, in Logan Utah, I had the privilege to work with Joe in the preliminary department, he was hired as the camera operator. Sure had some good times with him and putting up with his antics. Rowdy our love to you and the family.
    Arlan & Gayla Hovey

  28. We are so sorry for your loss, Joe left way too soon. We’ll miss his friendly smile and wave when we passed your way occasionally. Lyle and Juanita Boyer.

  29. The entire community has lost a great man. May your family be comforted and blessed during this difficult time.

  30. So sorry for your loss. Joe was/is Avery good man. Always willing to lend a hand and it always came from his heart. Even when we moved out of the neighborhood Jo remembered us. He always made us feel loved and welcome. We will remember him fondly. Our love and prayers are with you at this time and always.

  31. I first met Joe when he helped hire a handfull of us to open Moore Business Forms here in St George. He was a great man fun to work with and for he contributed so much to this commmunity that he grew to know and love. He will truly be missed. Love to Rowdy and family

  32. Joe was one of the first people that welcomed me to St. George when I arrived in 1994. As I left St. George for the last time when I moved away, he came up and grabbed my arm to say hi. I have spent the last week thinking of Joe and could honestly not think of a better man. I know he will continue his great mission on the other side. My condolences to his family.

  33. Joe, we only meant 2 times but your warmth and friendliness at Guild Mortgage will always be a rewarding memory.
    Prayers to your family!

    Linda & Gerald Hardman

  34. I worked with Joe for many years at Moore Business Forms in St. George. He was always willing to help and a great guy to be around. Your in a better place Joe.
    Carson Bridges

  35. To the Bowcutt Family
    My sisters and I were sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful husband. It sounds like you two were so busy since moving to St. George and made a great impact on the lives of many people. Would love to have you call.
    Your cousin
    Jo an Butterworth Larsson

  36. To the Bowcutt Family
    My sisters and I were very sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, Joe. I know you two loved St. George and it is very obvious that you two made a great impact on the people you met and worked with. I have had trouble getting to talk to you so would love you to call.
    Your cousin
    Jo an Butterworth Larsson

  37. Marlene and family,
    So sorry to hear about your husband Joe. He sounds like a wonderful husband father grandfather and friend. Would love to talk to you and catch up on all our lives.
    May you be blessed with strength to help you through these rough times. I’m sure your children will be a great support to you. You are in our hearts and prayers.
    Love you Barbara and Kathie

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