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1957 Brian 2023

Brian Boyd Owens

July 5, 1957 — July 15, 2023

St. George

Brian Boyd Owens was a man of many admirable qualities. He was born in Panguitch, Utah, on July 5, 1957, and he joined his parents and sisters in heaven on July 15, 2023 after losing his battle with cancer.  His life was a testament to compassion, empathy, humility, and a unique sense of humor that endeared him to everyone he met. Brian was the kind of person who made a room brighter simply by being in it. As the Irish proverb says, "A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything," and Brian was an expert at providing the former.

Brian's journey led him from his birthplace in Panguitch to places such as Cheyenne and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, before finally settling in St. George, Utah. Regardless of where he resided, Brian's heart remained firmly rooted in the love of his family. He was a treasured son, brother, uncle, and cousin, whose presence was a comforting constant in the lives of his loved ones. His dedication to family was rivaled only by his passion for the great outdoors. He found solace in the simple pleasures of camping and fishing, and he had a particular fondness for reading that allowed him to explore worlds beyond his own.

Before his retirement, Brian had dedicated many years of his life to Walmart, where he worked as a maintenance laborer. His work ethic was a reflection of his humble and down-to-earth nature, always putting in the effort to ensure tasks were completed to the best of his ability. Brian put aside his working life to come live in Panguitch to take care of his parents when they had age related health issues.  He was so good to them until their deaths.  As Helen Keller once said, "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." Brian was a living embodiment of this sentiment, demonstrating resilience and tenacity in all aspects of his life.  

Brian is survived by his loving siblings, Karen Hoppes (Kenny), Tonya Johnson (Rex), and Steve King (Lela), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Boyd and Renee Owens, and his sisters, Patty Morgan, Maralyn Law, and Suzanne Schow. His spirit lives on in the hearts of those who loved him, and his memory will continue to inspire those who knew him. 

We encourage you to share your fond memories or photos of Brian on his memorial page, as a celebration of a life well lived. His legacy of love, laughter, and humility will continue to light our path as we remember his extraordinary life.

We will have a graveside service at the Panguitch Cemetery on Sept 2nd at 12:00 noon.  In lieu of flowers please donate to the American Cancer Society.

To send flowers to the family in memory of Brian Boyd Owens, please visit our flower store.


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