Gerald (Jarie) Lowell Fowles, 86, passed away peacefully from causes related to age on June 13, 2018, in Yuba City, California, after living a full and active life. Jarie was born in Salt Lake City on September 30, 1931, to Lowell David Fowles and Eva Viola Astle. He was the second of three sons. The firstborn son, Junior Astle, died soon after birth, making Jarie the big brother to younger brother Jay. They had a wonderful childhood growing up in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City.… Read More » Jarie graduated with honors from South High, an achievement he repeated at every level of education. He was the student director of the a cappella choir, a member of the basketball and track teams, and a cheerleader. He earned his Eagle Scout award which began a life-long love for scouting. Following high school Jarie served for three and a half years in U.S. Air Force, serving aboard a C-47 as a “door gunner” during the Korean War. Returning from Korea, he met Beverly (Bev) Jean Nielson and they were married several months later in the Salt Lake Temple on January 29, 1953. Jarie started his college education at the University of Utah where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Their first son, Steven, was born during that time. The family moved to California, where Jarie attended graduate school at Stanford University. Jarie began his thirty four year high school and junior college career teaching history in Newport Beach, California, where two more sons, David and Matthew joined the family. Jarie and Bev, growing weary of the big city life, moved to the beautiful Fall River Valley at the other end of the state in 1964. During his 30 years teaching at Fall River High School, he taught every student who ever entered its doors, numbering in the thousands. Many students considered him their favorite teacher. Jarie coached basketball teams, kept score and announced during sporting events, and was proud to have read almost every book in the school library so that he could recommend books to his students. His love for learning never ended, and he spent parts of 15 summers studying history, geography, political science, and economics at colleges and universities from Oregon to Michigan to Israel. During a summer attending school in Utah, their fourth son, Aaron, was born. Jarie served as a scoutmaster for over 10 years, receiving the Silver Beaver award. He was especially proud that all four of his sons were Eagle Scouts. He denied stories told by scouts that his 5 mile hikes always seemed to be twice that distance. Jarie and Bev loved the Fall River Valley, loved the people who lived there, and always considered it home. Upon retiring, Jarie and Bev moved to McMinnville, Oregon, where they enjoyed attending concerts and sporting events at local high schools and colleges. Keeping busy, Jarie volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and shelving books at McMinnville Public Library. Jarie and Bev loved traveling the world together. Jarie was an active and dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). He loved to share the Gospel, and together with Bev, serve a combined four years as LDS missionaries in Tennessee, New Mexico, and Wyoming. They served for 18 years in the LDS Portland Temple and taught English in Qingdao, China, for nearly two years. Gerald was preceded in death by Beverly, his wife of 59 years, his brother, Jay, a daughter-in-law, Michelle, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild. Gerald is survived by his four sons, Steven (Jeanne), David (Cami), Matthew (Heather), and Aaron (Lisa), 15 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. A viewing will take place on Friday, June 29, from 9-10 AM at the Amity Ward building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 18565 South Hwy 99W, Amity, Oregon, followed by Gerald’s funeral service at 10:30 AM. He will be buried next to his wife in the South Yamhill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Gerald Jarie Lowell Fowles 2018. Macy & Son Funeral Directors
Death notice for the town of: McMinnville, state: Oregon