Son of William Henry and Vera Marie Iversen Fowler and brother to Thelma, William, Lane, Jay, Jack, James, Mary Lou and Michael, Lewis spent his childhood at 459 E. 13th South, Salt Lake City. After graduating from South High in 1949 at the age of 16, Lewis worked at Collett Tank Lines and was later drafted into the army on Nov. 12, 1952. Lewis married Mary Ione Poulsen on April 14, 1953 while home on leave, and shortly after was deployed to Korea. Lewis served with the 27th Infantry Regiment APO 25 (“Wolfhounds”). Lewis was honorably discharged Sept. 16, 1954 as a Sargent 1st Class having been awarded the Korean Service Medal W/1 Bronze Service Star, Combat Infantry Badge, United Nations and National Defense Service Medals.
After arriving home, Lewis and Mary were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on Sept. 1, 1955. Lewis worked at Fruehauf Trailer, Anchor (Marine) Equipment Company and later founded Anchor Trailer in North Salt Lake with the help of his oldest son. Except from 1974-1977 in Farmington, Lewis and Mary lived in Bountiful from 1964 to 1998, where they raised their seven children: Frank (Debra) Fowler, Mary Lou (Clay) Robinson, Mindy Twibey, Holly (Michael) Lloyd, Chris Fowler, James (Danielle) Fowler, William (Starr) Fowler. In 1990 Lewis and Mary divorced, but he departed this life just 12 days after Mary following his valiant fight with cancer.
On April 15, 1998 Lewis married Shirley Rose Roberts Jones and with that union added three children: Steven (Maurine) Jones, Sharla (Westley) Hill, Michelle (Jon) Brinkerhoff. They settled in Midvale where he enjoyed volunteering in his community, which included being a crossing-guard for many years. Together they have 33 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Lewis had a strong work ethic and fiercely believed in serving and helping others. Lewis had numerous callings in the LDS church, including the Boy Scouts, Bishopric, Stake High Council, Ward Mission Leader and High Priest Group Leadership. While he never served a formal LDS mission, not a day went by that he wasn’t testifying of his faith in the gospel. Lewis was fun to be around and loved to joke, be sarcastic, or cheer for the opposite team just to rile people. He was an avid gardener and “encouraged” this same love in his children at a young age through frequent weed pulling. Lewis was famous for his delicious green popcorn balls and caramels at Christmas time. We will miss him dearly.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the LDS Missionary Fund.
A viewing will be held at Goff Mortuary (8090 S. State St, Midvale) on Thurs., April 3, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. (Midvale 5th Ward, 8171 S. Jackson St., Midvale). Burial services will follow at 2 p.m. at Bountiful City Cemetery (2224 S. 200 W., Bountiful). www.goffmortuary.com.