David Ferrel Owens Jr. passed away on Sunday, May 21st, 2023, after a long, hard fought battle.
Dave was born in Las Vegas, NV on March 12th, 1964 to the late David Ferrel Owens Sr. and Sharon Luce Owens. He grew up in Ferron, UT, where he enjoyed working on the farm with his Granddad, playing football, and got an early start in technical theatre.
After graduating from Emery High School, Dave attended Snow College, where he met his sweetheart, Stacy Ann Terry. At Snow, Dave was instrumental in establishing the singing group Ascension, with which he was able to provide tech and perform. He also participated in technical theatre with various shows at Snow, including Lil Abner, and The Diary of Anne Frank.
Dave and Stacy were married on January 24th, 1987, and spent their first 4 years married working in Bullfrog, UT–Dave as a security guard, and Stacy in the gift shop. They moved to Kanab, UT in 1990, shortly before they welcomed their first son, David Ferrel Owens III in February of 1991. They welcomed two more children in the following years, Kylie Esther Owens in 1992, and Tegan Robert Owens in 1994.
Dave served Kane County as the I.T. Director for 28 years. During that time, he served the community as the community theatre technical director; served as an EMT, EMT course coordinator, and was on the state test team for 15 years; and was the director of Kane County Emergency management for 10 years. After his retirement from the county in 2020, Dave continued serving the community as the chairman of the Kane County Arts Board, and as the chairman of the Symphony Board. He was an outspoken member of the community, an advocate for the arts, and a friend to many. There was never a time when he wasn’t willing to help a community member in need.
Dave is beloved by his family–he was a supportive husband and father, and a loving grandfather. Anyone who was able to chat with Dave in recent years had the pleasure of hearing him rave about his two adored granddaughters.
Dave is preceded in death by his father, David Ferrell Owens Sr., his brother Charles Edward Owens, and all of his grandparents.
He is survived by his wife Stacy; his sons David (Krystal), and Tegan; and his daughter Kylie (Jordan) Shepherd, and their two daughters, Sasha and Sofia; brothers: Steven, William (Brooke), and Daniel (Ashlie); sisters: Nancy (Todd) Koerner, and Kate (Eric) Howes; and many various cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A public service will be held on Saturday, May 27th, at 4 pm, with a viewing to be held from 2 pm to 3:30 pm, at the Kanab High School Auditorium. As with everything Dave did, all are welcome. Burial will be in the Kanab Cemetery. Arrangements were made with Mosdell Mortuary.
A livestream will be available at the following link shortly before the start of services at 4:00 pm.