Obituary: Dr. Roland Deloy (RD) Mower
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Dr. Roland Deloy (RD) Mower on July 8, 2019, at the age of 90, after living a very full and rewarding life. RD leaves behind his wife of 70 years, Nona Iva Lee Hall Mower; daughters: Carol L. Clawson, South Jordan, UT and Christi L. Edwards (Brad), Chino Valley, AZ; sons: Roland C. Mower (Charlotte), Medina, TX and Richard H. Mower (Tina), Bismarck, ND, Minh Dang (Anh) Garden Grove, CA; sisters: Lynne Jensen, Fairview, UT and Emily Lillie, South Jordan, UT; brother-in-law: William Hall and sister-in-law: Waunell Hall, Mershon, GA; 19 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. RD is preceded in death by his parents, Roland Grant and Viola Hansen Mower, Fairview, UT; daughter: Connie Mower, Fairview, UT; sister: Sheryl Muir, Seneca, SC; brothers-in-law: Merrill D. Jensen, Fairview, UT, Ralph Lillie, South Jordan, UT and Dale Muir, Seneca, SC. Born on Christmas Day in 1928 in Mount Pleasant, UT, RD lived in Fairview, UT where he attended school through the 9th grade when he dropped out to join the Navy at age 16. RD served in the Navy during the final stages of World War II stationed in the Pacific until 1948
Following his time in the Navy, RD met and married Nona Iva Lee Hall in Folkston, GA. Desiring additional education, RD enrolled at the University of Utah and earned both a Bachelors of Science in Geography and a commission in the United States Air Force
Early in his Air Force career, RD became a pilot and eventually became an instructor pilot. During this time, RD earned a Masters of Science degree at Oklahoma State University.
From 1967-1968, RD spent a year in Vietnam, as required, before he could begin work on his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. Upon completion of his degree, RD returned to full time active duty until his retirement in 1974, totaling 23 years of active duty service in the military. During his time in the service he earned many honors.
In 1974, RD started a second career in higher education as a professor of geography at the University of North Dakota. During his 14-year career RD spent several years as the chairman of the Geography Department.
RD left North Dakota in 1988 after accepting a job as a dean at Embry-Riddle University in Prescott, AZ. He served in this capacity until 1994 when he retired to his home state of Utah. At this time RD and Nona moved to Mt. Pleasant, UT and raised emus, llamas, peacocks and potbellied pigs.
RD has remained active in the church. He served in many capacities including branch president in North Dakota, high counselor, elders quorum president, and served in the branch presidency in Vietnam. RD and Nona served in the Manti Temple for 10 years. He served in the VFW and enjoyed riding in the parades and participating in memorials for his fallen comrades.
He enjoyed reading and writing. He was always learning and wrote multiple books about his life and the life of those in the Fairview area. He spent many years researching and documenting his and Nona’s genealogy. He looked forward to hunting and fishing and often returned to Utah to hunt and fish with family. One of his favorite past times and greatest talents was telling stories.
A celebration of RD’s life and offering our final goodbye will take place on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 11 at the Latter-day Saints meetinghouse, 295 South State Street, Mt. Pleasant, UT, with a viewing preceding the service from 9:30 am - 10:30 am. A viewing will also be held Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 6 pm - 8 pm at the Rasmussen Mortuary, 96 North 100 West, Mt. Pleasant, UT. Interment will be at the Fairview City Cemetery. Online condolences can be offered at rasmussenmortuary.com.
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