G. Devon Owens, Panguitch, Utah
In loving memory of Gren Devon Owens, born on September 19, 1938, in Panguitch, Utah, and peacefully passed away on January 23, 2024. At a young age, Devon herded sheep in the Panguitch mountains for the Tebbs and Hatch families, cultivating a love of the outdoors, and a strong work ethic that guided him throughout life.
Upon graduating in 1956, he joined the Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. While in the military, he married his sweetheart Victoria “Vici” Sargent on August 15, 1957. Settling in Panguitch after the military, he started his family and embarked on a diverse career including truck driver and the Operations Manager for Kaibab Industries at the Panguitch sawmill. Following the closure of the sawmill he went back to driving truck, and because of his kindness and endearing personality, made friends wherever he went. Some say he had a friend at every truck stop, lumber yard, and pawnshop in the West.
Despite a demanding career, family always remained his top priority. An avid outdoorsman, he shared his love for hunting, shooting, fishing, and camping with his family, making sure they were well-equipped with rifles and ammunition. Despite his time on the road, he always supported his children and grandchildren. If it was important to them, it was important to him. He made every effort to attend their activities, whether it was sports, rodeo, dance, or a livestock show.
Devon’s commitment extended to his faith as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he held various callings, including being in the first branch presidency of the Garfield Memorial Hospital. He also enjoyed being on the High Council as it allowed him to get to know and speak to people throughout the area. Devon had a strong testimony of the Savior and a unique gift of prayer.
Later in life one could find him shooting at the range, reloading in his basement and faithfully supporting his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Devon had a fun sense of humor and teased his kids and grandchildren for having a “twinkle of mischief in their eyes”. He had unconditional love for his family and always offered a kind word and support. Towards the end of his life, Devon truly believed that the only thing he had of value was his family. He and Vici are most proud of each of their kids, grandkids, and great-grandchildren.
Devon’s family thanks Dr. Birch and all other healthcare providers at Garfield Memorial Hospital for their support and compassion.
Devon is survived by his loving wife Vici and their three children: Gary (Karla), Doug (Linda) and Lesa (Greg) Pollock. Devon is also survived by his brother Brent and is preceded in death by his parents, Grendene and June Owens; and sisters: Shirley Barton, Evelyn Dettamanti, and Karen Henrie.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 26, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. in the Panguitch 2nd Ward Chapel, where friends may call on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Panguitch Cemetery with military honors by the Panguitch American Legion Post #25. Funeral Directors: magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Live streaming and online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com below Devon’s obituary.