John David Meade Bowman
1936 - 2020
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September 4, 1936 ˜ December 4, 2019

John David Meade Bowman was born in Leesburg, Virginia, where his parents lived during David’s earliest childhood. David’s father Jack became an airline pilot, so frequent moves provided a wide variety of childhood memories. Among many other adventures, David went squirrel hunting with his maternal grandfather, caught lizards with buddies in New Mexico, and had sled dogs in what was then the Alaskan Territory. His father Jack became a captain for Pacific Northern Airlines and was headquartered in Anchorage while the family lived in Spenard. After a transfer to Seattle just before David’s senior year, David graduated from Highland High School in 1954.
He attended the University of Washington aeronautical engineering program for two years, living on a Lake Union houseboat and taking a memorable trip to pre-Revolutionary Cuba with a roommate originally from there.
David had a lifelong love of airplanes and flying. He worked at Boeing as a draftsman for six months until he “got tired of drawing little x’s on a wing they kept revising.” He joined the United States Marine Corps for four years, where on his own time he first learned to fly.
After honorable discharge, he returned to UW for one quarter, then went to work for the U.S. Conservation Service in May of 1962. Transferred to the Vancouver, Washington office, he was a surveyor in east Clark County, and then joined the Clark County Engineers Office in March of 1964, where he worked as a draftsman. He later worked out of the Cozy Camp office for the Washington Highway Department, sold real estate for a short time in 1971, then went to work for the Portland Water Bureau in November of 1972 as a draftsman/engineer. He was the last official draftsman for the City of Portland when he retired in 1998.
As a pilot, he frequently flew out of Evergreen Airfield in the 1970’s, expanding his skills to include instrument and instructor ratings, and finished his flying career as a part-time instructor at Wally Olson’s Evergreen Airport in the 1980’s.
David was preceded in death by his parents and youngest son, Marcus Bowman.
He is survived by family, almost entirely in Vancouver: older sons, Rory Bowman and Darin Bowman; their mother, Glenna R. Bowman; granddaughters, Sienna Bowman, Victoria Bowman, Delaina Bowman Delgado and her husband, Julian; great-grandsons, Julian D. and Leonardo Delgado. He is also survived by his brother, Lance Bowman, and nephews in the Seattle area.Internment at Vancouver Barracks National Cemetery is tentatively scheduled for 4 September 2020, which would have been David’s 84th birthday.
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Published in The Columbian on Jun. 21, 2020.
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June 22, 2020
I posted this on my facebook page five years ago for Fathers Day. It seems appropriate for this Fathers Day:
A Happy Father's Day wish to my husband, David. Though the later years were not the best, he was a fabulous father to our sons while they were little. He always had time for them. It never bothered him to act silly with them or listen to their sometimes fantastically unbelievable stories. He was there every night at bedtime to tuck them in for the night.
Best of all, he was content with a very simple lifestyle, allowing me to stay home and not work so I could be home with my babies. His being a good father helped me to be a good mother - for that, I have always been grateful.
Part of being a good father is being there for his family, providing their physical needs. Regardless of how much he might have disliked his current job, he went to it every day regardless of how he felt - because he had us - and rarely complained in those years.
When our oldest son was three and our middle son was a month away from arriving, we had a terrible snow storm, three feet of snow that mostly stayed for over a week. He found scrap lumber and built a sled for our son and spent many hours out in the cold pulling our son on that sled. Only a true dad does things like that. (Several years ago, I gave that sled to Rory who does remember it from "back then.")
Glenna Rose
June 22, 2020
I posted this on my facebook page on Father's Day five years ago. This seems an appropriate thing for today.
Glenna Rose
June 22, 2020
Rory Bowman
June 21, 2020
Darin, Sorry to hear of your fathers passing. My condolences to you and your family.
LaRee Brosseau
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