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Utah Sen. Dennis Stowell dies

By Molly Farmer | Posted - Apr. 17, 2011 at 8:08 p.m.



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PAROWAN — State Sen. Dennis Stowell, R-Parowan, died Tuesday from complications related to cancer, according to the Utah Senate. He was 66.

Sen. Dennis Stowell, R-Parowan
Sen. Dennis Stowell, R-Parowan

Stowell was elected in 2006 and represented District 28, which includes Garfield, Kane, Iron, Beaver and Millard counties as well as part of Washington County.

Prior to serving in the senate, Stowell was the Mayor of Parowan and iron County Commissioner.

Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, described Stowell as highly respected among his peers and committed to agriculture.

"Dennis Stowell was remarkably intelligent and personable," Waddoups said in a statement. "He was absolutely dedicated to water rights, the rural economy and lifestyle, and preserving the agricultural roots of our state."


Dennis Stowell was remarkably intelligent and personable. He was absolutely dedicated to water rights, the rural economy and lifestyle, and preserving the agricultural roots of our state.

–Michael Waddoups


Stowell and his wife, Marilee, have seven children and 15 grandchildren according to the late senator's website. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 22, at the Parowan 3rd and 4th Ward Chapel (90 South Main Street). More details will be posted when they come available.

"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," Waddoups said.

The Utah Senate Republican Party is expected to hold a meeting of state delegates from Stowell's area to select a new state senator in the near future.

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Molly Farmer

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