Truman Bowler (1922-1995)
was born in St. George, Utah, and raised in Gunlock, Utah. He graduated from Dixie College in 1942, and attended Brigham Young University. During World War II, he enlisted in the Air Force and served in the finance department. After three years, he and his wife, the former Laura Lytle, returned to Gunlock where he became involved in the livestock business and was active as a cattleman until his death. He also announced amateur rodeos for 45 years.
In 1957, the Bowlers moved to St. George and bought a business with Truman’s brother Marion. In 1959, Truman became Washington County Commissioner, spending 16 years as a commissioner (12 years as the chairman). He was active in the Utah Association of Counties and in 1972, was named their Outstanding Career Official. He was a board member of the Washington Water Conservancy District for many years and was instrumental in the water development and infrastructure, which helped facilitate the growth that is enjoyed today. He helped organize and establish Dixie State Bank in 1970, and served on the Board of Directors. In January 1977, Truman became Chairman of the Board of Dixie State Bank until the bank was acquired by First Security.
He received many honors through the years and was among those honored by the Utah Chamber of Commerce as a total citizen of the year in 1984. He was honored as male citizen of the year by the St. George Chamber of Commerce in 1984. He served on the Dixie College Institutional Council under four consecutive college presidents. He was presented the Distinguished Citizen Award by Dixie College in 1992, and awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Dixie College in 1994.
He spent his entire adult life serving his family, community, church and country. Truman was active in the LDS Church, where he served in many positions including stake president and regional representative. He and his late wife, Laura, have two sons and three daughters.