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Owen  Downard

Owen Downard

Tuesday, October 5th, 1937 - Sunday, January 3rd, 2021
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Obituary

Owen Ray Downard was a man who held many distinguished titles during his life and was loved and respected by many. A husband, father, friend, entrepreneur, creator and lover of building and modifying anything that needed just a little more refinement, Owen was passionate about his family and enjoying the great things that Idaho has to offer. Snowmobiling, motorcycling and getting out with the grandkids were all things he loved. He had great faith in the LDS church and was someone who built a reputation as someone you could rely on. Owen passed away at the age of 83, at home with family on Jan. 3, 2021.

Born in Spring City, Utah, Owen was number six of eight children to Alma and Anna Downard. He lived in Spring City until age 4 when his father found a job as the electrician foreman at the Triumph Mine. Owen graduated from Hailey High School in 1955. Four years earlier he had his first kiss with the woman who would become the love of his life. That kiss was with Carol Ann Walker and they would later marry, create a family and spend their lives together. Owen and Carol married in 1956 and moved to Santa Clara, Calif., where he stumbled into a career though a friend at a local model airplane club. It was a lucky break and a great opportunity when he found a job as a die engineer or “mold maker.” Owen was incredibly talented at building things with his hands and had a great artistic sense, which would greatly benefit him in this career path.

In 1959, Owen and Carol would have their first child, JoAnn, shortly followed by Kim and Evan. They would spend the next 27 years living in San Jose, Calif., raising their family. As mentioned, Owen was gifted in his trade and would climb quickly in the die engineering field, allowing him to retire in his mid-40s. While California had been a great place to build a career, Owen always wanted to be in Idaho, and he and Carol moved back to Hailey in 1983. Retirement quickly got old and Owen made sure to find ways to occupy his time. He started Tooling Express, a plastic injection molding company with his son, Evan, in Bellevue. They manufactured and built a variety of products utilized globally. He was also a very involved with the Mormon church and advocated for causes he believed in like backcountry snowmobile access and was a strong voice for the Sawtooth Snowmobile Club.

Owen is fondly remembered by many friends, three children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 1:00pm
    Location
    Hailey Cemetery
    Address
    541 E. Fox Acres Road
    HAILEY, ID 83333
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    Notes
    Services will be private due to gathering restrictions during this time.
  • Interment

    Location
    Hailey Cemetery
    Address
    541 E. Fox Acres Road
    HAILEY, ID 83333
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Jenni Shirts

Posted at 07:22pm
Owen Downard
My very much loved, dear to my heart brother. Owen Downard passed away January 3, 2021 after having lost his wife, sweet, smiling Carol, almost 3 years ago now.
Owen and Carol were a very happy, fun loving couple, and their children, JoAnn, Kim and Evan, followed in their footsteps and this made one very happy, bubbly family.
To be sure, every life has it’s share of painful and distressing incidents, and the family and loved ones of Owen and Carol have recently experienced this. Thankfully, these painful days in our lives get better with time.
Owen had many important qualities and abilities and his life was happier because of them. However, he has lived a very bleak, lonely life since losing the sunshine of his life, Carol, and missed having the love of his life by his side. But now there is sparkle in his life again and he is “whole” again and smiling again!
Grieving is a process, and it’s ok to grieve. It’s teaching our hearts what our heads already know. And it’s ok to cry together, especially when you face of a well loved family member that touches you so deeply. We need each others support. And what lies behind us and what lies before us is not as important today as what lies within us.
Do stay close JoAnn, Kim and Evan and your children and extended family also, because we just can’t express our love to much!
Although we will all miss Owen, knowing that he will have no more pain and no more sorrow and loneliness, and that he and Carol are together again, will leave us with peaceful, happy feelings also. Take care of each other.
Love you all very much,
Aunt Myrna
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The Joyce Family

Posted at 06:53pm
We know how much Owen loved nature and we thought a tree planted would be a living celebration of his life. Our thoughts go out to your family .
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Cathy Schiers

Posted at 03:37pm
We are sorry to hear of Owen’s passing. We always enjoyed the long discussions and points of view that he and Carol offered. My favorite memory is getting to know them soon after building their home in Deerfield. The scouts were having a go-cart race and Owen offered the use of their hill. He was so fun to watch as he encouraged the boys on. I’ve missed visiting with him. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Larry & Cathy Schiers
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