Joseph Henry Dowd Jr., 82, was born in Sego Canyon, Utah on July 21, 1926 to Joseph H. Dowd Sr. and Lena Mae Turner.
At the age of 1 his parents moved to Latuda, near Helper, Utah. He attended public schools and graduated at Carbon County High School. Immediately after, he joined the Navy during World War II.
Joe returned to Price, Utah, where he met and married Gloria Jean Zanelli. They had two children, a daughter and a son. Joe and Gloria were together for 35 years.
He worked in the coal mining industry in Carbon County. In 1954, the family moved to Moab and he managed the Sunset Motel. Four years later, during the uranium boom, he opened Plateau Supply. He became purchasing agent for Rio Algom Mining until his retirement in 1988.
On Aug. 28, 1990 he married Marjorie (Margie) Orr. They traveled and he enjoyed seeing country he’d not seen before. However, never did Joe forget Utah; it was his home. When returning from each trip, all the way back, he would hum and whistle.
We all, especially his Grands, enjoyed the delightful stories of his youth – those of his old buddies, “The Gang,” his love of playing baseball, playing golf, hunting and fishing. Throughout the years he was known as Jay, Daddy, Dad, Plateau Joe, Grandpa Joe and My Cup of Joe. Being one-half Irish, he did wear green.
In his own special way, he touched all who knew and loved him. The hugs and the beautiful hand-picked cards he gave; we will miss and remember him forever.
Joe was preceded in death by wife, Gloria, his mother and father, Joe and Lena, his stepfather, Dick Stocks, a sister, Jeri Pilling, and his brother-in-law, Dan Pilling.
He is survived by his wife Margie, Petal, Miss. He is also survived by is children, Linda (Dave) Warner, Moab, and Joseph Ray (Debbie) Dowd, Moab; stepsons, Roy Evans, Houston, Tex., Mike (Linda) Evans, Petal, Miss., Kenny (Penny) Orr, Independence, Mo.; and a stepdaughter, Vicki (Jeff) Atkinson, Grand Junction, Colo. He is survived by his brothers, Ted (Jan) Dowd, Smithfield, Utah, Mike (Martha) Dowd, Peoria, Ariz., and his sisters, Lorraine (Arnold) Grundvig, Salt Lake City, Helen (Bob) Mitten, Moab. His 11 grandchildren, Sarah, Tessa, Joe, Jeff, Sadie, Rynn, Tyler, Lindsay, Kelly, Ashley and Cadee, and seven great-grandchildren also survive him. There are numerous nieces and nephews that loved him also.
Graveside services will be at a later date, with all family and friends invited.
Please make memorial donations to: The Alzheimer’s Association, 2232 North Seventh St., Suite B1, Grand Junction, CO, 81501.