Utah State Senator Dennis Stowell passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday morning due to complications from his battle with cancer. Senator Stowell represented District 28, which includes Garfield, Kane, Iron, Beaver, Millard, and part of Washington County.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 22 at the Parowan Third and Fourth Ward Chapel. A viewing will be held the evening of Thursday, April 21. Exact details will be available in the next few days.

Dennis Stowell’s elected public service spanned nearly 25 years.  Prior to his 2006 election as state senator, he served as Mayor of Parowan and as an Iron County Commissioner.  He held an advanced degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University and his professional work included engineering, inventing, ranching and farming.

President of the Utah Senate Michael Waddoups described Stowell as well-liked, highly respected and one who served many important leadership roles during his time in the legislature.

“Dennis Stowell was remarkably intelligent and personable,” said Waddoups.  “He was absolutely dedicated to water rights, the rural economy and lifestyle, and preserving the agricultural roots of our state. As vice chair of the appropriations committee, he worked tirelessly to balance the budget and would not stop until the task was complete. We will miss Dennis. We will miss his good cheer, his analytical capabilities and his strong convictions. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marilee and the family.”

Stowell was born on June 18, 1944 in Ogden, Utah to Grace and Verland Stowell. Stowell has been married to wife Marilee for 44 years. They have seven children: Kip, Kyle, Camie, Caralee, Coy, Kelly and Karin. Kelly Stowell has been instrumental in assisting his ailing father during Legislative sessions in recent years. He is currently the Director of the Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA), and lives in Kanab.

Gov. Herbert released a statement Monday, “Senator Dennis Stowell was a great friend with whom I worked for nearly two decades. We met when we were both county commissioners. Dennis was a man of singular intellect who had a deep understanding of many issues of great importance to his native Iron County and to the whole state of Utah.

He was a great asset to his constituents and his community through his work on public lands, mineral and water rights management, agriculture, and other concerns. His background in local government made him particularly effective and insightful as a State Senator, and his common-sense approach to finding workable solutions will be sorely missed.

Dennis leaves a long and remarkable legacy of public service, much of which I had the honor to observe first-hand. This was exemplified by his selfless service during this last legislative session. Despite his illness, he chose to serve to the very end.”