Randy Esplin Bowler passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family after enduring eight months of heart problems on Aug 31, 2014, at the age of 66. He was born on September 28, 1947, in St. George, Utah to Conrad Sorenson Bowler and Corinne Esplin. He married his high school sweetheart Gai Reber on October 15, 1966, which was later solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple December, 16, 1983.
He resided in St. George his entire life, graduating from Dixie High School in 1965. He was a farrier for 45 years and shod thousands of horses. His love was horses and he became the Utah State High School Calf Roping Champion in 1965. He added team roping to his events later and studied the art of roping intensely. The National Finals Rodeo was his favorite time of year. He spent happy days with his Grandpa Esplin and Bowler riding for cattle and deer hunting. He became an avid fan of drag racing when his boys changed horses to horsepower.
Fishing and baseball became a favorite his last few years. He was known as the best grandpa on the baseball field.
He had a quiet testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He always said the gospel makes you a better person and wanted his family to always make correct choices because that was where true happiness was. He was serving in the Sunday School at the time of his passing and loved the people he served with.
He is survived by his wife, Gai Reber Bowler; children: Lex R Bowler, Ryon C and Bonnie Bowler, Lainee and Gavin Frei; 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; father, Conrad (Conny) Bowler, brothers; John Bowler and Troy and Kerrie Bowler. He was preceded in death by his mother.
- Funeral services will be Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 1 p.m. in the Winchester Hills Chapel, 5338 North Winchester Drive, St. George, Utah.
- Visitations will be held Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah and Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to the services from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the chapel.
- Interment will be in the Santa Clara City Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to our good friends of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Randy’s guestbook.