Obituary: Thomas Brent Bowen 1944-2021 and Vicki Jean Bowen 1946-2021
On Oct. 8, 2021, Brent and Vicki Bowen unexpectedly passed away from a tragic car accident.
Brent was born in Driggs, Idaho, and lived in Bates, Idaho, until the age of 7. He grew up farming in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana (mainly Stevensville). Brent served with honor for two years in Vietnam as a member of the 101st Airborne. Brent was a tremendous athlete who played on championship caliber teams in football and basketball. At the age of 16, he built his first car from the ground up. This was the start of his lifelong love for hot rods and classic cars. Brent worked as a mechanic for Geneva Steel and as an automotive technology instructor at Yavapai College.
A positive man, Brent progressed toward the Lord his entire life. Brent was a devoted husband and father who took great care of his wife and children. Brent treated Vicki with tenderness and love. He lived life to the fullest taking every opportunity to talk to people he met, and was loved by all. He was a hard worker and enjoyed working in his shop. He took great pride in his family and devoted his life to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Vicki was born in Borger, Texas, and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. When she was a young girl she went to music camp with her sister where she learned to play the piano and became an accomplished pianist. This sparked a lifelong passion for music and she wrote multiple songs and would often accompany soloists. Our home was always filled with music and she taught piano, theory, and rhythm lessons. Vicki also became a medical transcriptionist and quickly became the manager at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, where she was loved by her employees and hospital staff.
Along with being a talented musician, Vicki was a quiet servant and was compassionate to everyone. She gave wise counsel to her sisters and her posterity. Despite her challenges with Parkinson’s in her later years, she didn’t let that hold her back. She always had a positive attitude and served with the pure love of Christ.
Brent and Vicki were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on Aug. 17, 1968. In 53 years of marriage, they raised six children and had many great experiences. Often walking hand in hand enjoying each other’s company and traveling. They served an 18-month LDS mission together in Toronto, Canada, where they were assigned as employment specialists. They experienced many challenges but overcame them through their willingness and love to serve others.
Brent and Vicki were preceded in death by Brent’s parents, Max and Vonnie Bowen; his brothers, Val and Dean Bowen; Vicki’s mother, Jean Matheny; and sister, Susan James. Brent and Vicki are survived by their children, Kristi (Brian) Caldwell, Kerri (Aarron) Elliott, Chad (Tawna) Bowen, Julie Bowen, Brian (Eloise) Bowen, Clayton (Colette) Bowen; 22 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Although their lives ended abruptly, we find comfort knowing that they are together. Brent said it best, “Climb aboard my special one and we will continue our journey” (written Nov. 19, 2020). They will live in our hearts as they continue their journey together on the other side.
Memorial Service to be held Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at 10 a.m., at the Prescott LDS Stake Center, 1101 Sandretto Drive, Prescott, Arizona. Burial location to be determined. In lieu of a viewing we will have time for family to greet loved ones immediately following the service until noon.
Information was provided by the family.