Garland Lee Owens
Soldotna resident Garland Lee Owens died Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 82.
A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Friday, July 13, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel at 5839 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai.
Mr. Owens was born Dec. 8, 1924 to R.C. and Minnie Owens in Garland, Texas. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served until he was honorably discharged. He was a certified gemologist and was a jeweler and goldsmith most of his life. He became an Alaskan resident in 1979. He lived in Soldotna for the summers and living in Hitchcock, Texas, during the winter. He was a member of El Mina Shiners Of Galveston, Texas, a Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Masonic Lodge No. 6 of Galves.
"He went to the Lord while at his favorite place on the Kenai River. He left behind lots of memories for his family to reminisce about. He loved rocks, gems, minerals and fishing," his family said.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Beverly Hall.
He is survived by his wife, Julia Owens of Hitchcock; daughters, Sandi Pitman of Tulsa, Okla. and Deborah Owens of Hitchcock; sons, Temple McLain of Soldotna and Phillip L. McLain of Dickinson, Texas; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to a charity organization of the donor's choice.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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