Antone R. Bowler

Social Science & Humanities

Antone R. Bowler

was born in nearby Gunlock, Utah, and was a 1933 graduate of Dixie College. While at Dixie, he was on the boxing team, and Captain of the Debating Team, winning the Cox Outstanding Debator Medal three times. With an admitted penchant for living on the edge, and in the depths of the Great Depression, he took his bride on a bus to start their new life together in Washington, D.C., arriving with $90 in his pocket. He found work with the Federal Housing Administration, newly created by the U.S. Government to radically change home ownership and create a new mortgage banking industry. Antone was instrumental in formulating loan approval and housing standards for the nation, eventually becoming Senior Underwriting Supervisor.

Bowler served on the War Productions Board, where he and other national leaders determined where scarce resources were to be allocated during World War II. After moving his family to Denver, Colo., in 1944, he co-created a mortgage banking company, which he ultimately owned and presided over. This marked the beginning of a stellar career in the private mortgage lending industry, where he labored until his retirement some 30 years later. Antone served as President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Denver, and was recognized in 1975 as the Mortgage Banker of the Year. He was truly one of the local and national pioneers in that industry. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer, and was the constant companion and husband to his dear wife, Cola, for 62 years. He and Cola were the parents of one daughter and two sons.