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Clarence Allen Rowley

08/31/1940 - 02/26/2023
Service Date: 03/11/2023
Service Time: 10:30 am
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2618 N. Lindsay Rd., Mesa, AZ
Visitation Date: 03/11/2023
Visitation Time: 9-10:30 am
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2618 N. Lindsay Rd., Mesa, AZ
Interment: City Of Mesa Cemetery

Livestreaming of Services: https://youtube.com/live/zE9jNJ4L4rg?feature=share


Clarence Allen Rowley (Allen) passed away peacefully on February 26, 2023, at the age of 82, after enduring Parkinson’s disease for more than 27 years.  He was born August 31, 1940, in Prescott, Arizona to Clarence Marion Rowley and Adella Portis Rowley. Allen was their 6th of 7 children. After his mother’s death, his dad remarried Madeline Smith and added 2 more siblings for a total of 9 children.

In his younger years, Allen lived in Skull Valley, AZ; Milton-Freewater, OR; Roosevelt, UT and Tempe, AZ. He also lived in Germany, serving in the Army for 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days during the Berlin Wall Crisis, as a radio technician. He was on the same base as Elvis Presley. After his Army service, he immediately returned to Germany for two and a half more years to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

He married Paula McKee on December 15, 1967, in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple. They lived in Mesa for 55 years where they raised their 9 children. He is known for his energy, hard work, ingenuity, dedication to his family, and devout belief in Christ. Family, friends, acquaintances, and stranded travelers benefited from his good Samaritan spirit. He was a “jack of all trades” mechanic, Army, LDS missionary, electronic technician, beekeeper, finish carpenter, RV innovator and manufacturer, entrepreneur, beekeeping equipment manufacturer, and an air-conditioning contractor.

His service to others included 20 years as a Scout Leader, where he mentored boy scouts. This included 50-mile hikes in the Mazatzal Wilderness and coaching boys for their Eagle Scout rank.  Some of his greatest honors were receiving the Silver Beaver Award and Scout Master of the Year. The family also had the honor of Scouting Family of the Year. Other roles that he held with Scouting were organizing Camporees and working at a district and council level.

His later year passions included wood-crafting, gardening, his own special style of poetry writing, WW II history, classical music, and watching the news.

Survived by his wife, Paula Rowley, and his children Lynnette Balentine (George), Larry (Melissa), Ginger Rowley (Don Platt), Kent (Briggite), Jesse, Brendan, Catherine Johnson (Benjamin), Jason (Romi), Loretta Brimhall (Benjamin), his grandchildren Andrew, Madisen, Wesley, Catherine, Brooks, Claire, Greyson, Adella, Everly, Callen, Taft, and Cosette and his siblings SuZan Brown (Forrest), and Steven (Melody).

Preceded in death by his parents and siblings Rebekah Heaney, Edward, Thomas, Catherine Taylor, Phyllis Christiansen, Ned, Daughter-in-Law Nicolle Rowley (Jesse), and grandson Mason (Jesse).

Services will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at the LDS Chapel 2618 N. Lindsay Rd., Mesa Az, 85213. Viewing from 9:00 am to 10:15 am, Family Prayer at 10:15 am, and Funeral Services at 10:30 am.  Burial will be at the Mesa Cemetery.


Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Connie Kitchen Goss

    So sorry to hear of Allen’s passing. My prayers are with you, Paula and your family. Let’s connect again after you have some time and space. Love, Connie

  • Dilworth Brinton Jr

    As the former scribe of the Boy Scout Mesa District, on behalf of the many adult and youth in the program, i extend our condolence. Allen and Paula served many years in the scouting program. They helped at roundtables, training and many other district projects.
    Allen was awarded:
    1977 Boy Scout Leader Hall of Fame
    1978 District Award of Merit
    1983 Silber Beaver
    1990 Mesa District Scouting Family of the Year
    Paula was awarded:
    1983 District Award of Merit
    1986 Silver Beaver
    They are one of the few married couples that have both received the District Award of Merit AND the Silver Beaver.
    Good Friends, Leader of Youth, Faithful servants of Christ

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