Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, David Lyle Cowdin, returned home to Our Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 23, 2022, after a hard-fought battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Dave was born on October 15, 1952, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Dolores Marie Toy and Douglas Kermit Cain. At the age of 2, his parents divorced and he, his mother and siblings moved in with his Grandma and Grandpa Toy. He has many cherished memories of time spent with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in Omaha. When Dave was 9, his mother remarried and moved with her children to Uintah, Utah. Neil Frank Cowdin became Dave’s new father. He was a kind, gentle man who loved and cared for Dave from that time on.
Dave quickly made friends and spent many hours playing baseball, tubing down the Weber River and participating in many other wild and crazy activities.
Dave attended Bonneville High School where he played football, basketball, and baseball. His love of participating in sports continued throughout his life. He was introduced to Pickleball over 10 years ago and he quickly became an ambassador and fanatic of the game. He loved the sport but more importantly he loved the people he got to meet and play with. He made some great friends.
When Dave returned home from serving a mission, he discovered a new girl had moved into the ward, Debbie Wight. They became friends, eventually started dating, and it wasn’t long until they knew they were meant for each other! They were married in March of 1975 in the Logan LDS Temple – the beginning to their wonderful eternal family.
Dave worked for Utah Power/Rocky Mountain Power for 40 years. He held many positions throughout the years, beginning as a meter reader and ending as manager of the Facility Inspection Program in Northern Utah, Idaho, and Western Wyoming. He worked with many wonderful people through the years and enjoyed their friendship and association.
Dave had a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He loved Our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. He loved studying the scriptures, learning from them, and trying to apply those principles to his daily life. Dave served in many Church callings – Sunday School and Primary teacher, Scoutmaster, High Priest Group Leader, Counselor in Bishoprics, Stake High Councilman, and Bishop.
Dave served a mission as a young man in the New Zealand South Mission. He always considered that a real honor to be in such a beautiful country with such humble, beautiful people. In 2015, he served with his wife, Debbie, at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial in Vermont and upon their return they served a service mission at the Layton Bishops Storehouse. Each of these missions brought him great joy. Dave had a great personality and wonderful sense of humor which made it easy for him to connect with people. They felt comfortable around him and could feel of his genuine interest and love for them. He loved all those he taught and served alongside with.
Dave is survived by his wife, Debora, and his children, David Cowdin Jr. (Katie), Libby (Nathan) Fawcett, Mandy (Brandon) Buckway, Sarah (Andrew) Hoggan, Mary (Chad) Gibson, and twenty (soon to be twenty-one) beautiful grandchildren. Also surviving is his brother, Douglas Cowdin, and sisters Marilyn (Ivan) Madsen and Darcel Bindrup.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Frank and Fern Wight, and his sister Denise Ballingham.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the Cedar Branch Ward Chapel, 1814 East 775 South, South Weber, Utah. Friends may visit with family Friday July 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah, and Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the church prior to the service.
Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed at www.lindquistmortuary.com by scrolling to the bottom of David’s obituary page.
The family would like to thank Dr. Tricia Ferrin for the wonderful medical care given to Dave throughout the past years. Also to Dr. Boyu Hu, Dr. Sagar S Patel, and their teams, and to Canyon Hospice for their kindness and care.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Aid or to Huntsman Cancer Foundation.