Dowhie, Karl "Coach"
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Karl, 63, gifted artist and 40 year resident of Tempe, died August 30, 2009 from liver cancer. He was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather (GPA), Coach, Educator, and friend to all. He was born in Harrisburg, PA. and resided most of his younger life in Metuchen, NJ, where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn (Lynne). He served in the USAF, and relocated from Dover to the Valley as a Vietnam Vet, with his wife in 1969. After earning his MFA/Education from ASU, he taught at ASU, Phoenix College, Chandler High School and participated in many 'visiting artist' programs. His large Southwest landscapes, waterscapes, and botanical paintings and prints are in many public and private collections. His Grand Canyon masterpiece from the Recession Artist River Expedition, "Matkatimiba", is in the permanent collection of the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. His creative signage marked the redesign of the Desert Botanical Garden, and his 2007 one-man show of 'grand botanicals' celebrated the reopening of the Casa Grande Museum. His works can be viewed at www.karldowhiestudios.com. He supported many organizations and charities close to his heart including Hospice of the Valley, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Mesa Southwest Museum, Special Olympics, ARC, Tempe Sister Cities, CASA, and the Irish Cultural Center. His contributions to Tempe and Arizona include helping to found the Tempe Center for the Arts, serving as its first Director in 1981; President of Arizona and USA Junior Olympic Freestyle Wrestling and Coach of their 1990 Championship Team; President of the Chandler Education Association; and organizer and Head Coach of Tempe Pop Warner. Above all else he valued his family and friends. He is survived by Lynne Dowhie, his wife of 43 years; son, Michael and daughter-in-law Melissa; daughter Suzi; grandchildren Samantha and Sabrina; and brothers Lenny, Allen, and David. Karl will always be remembered for his sense of humor, warm heart, and generous spirit. He lived life to its fullest every day and in every relationship, and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. An Irish Wake to celebrate his life will be held from 11AM to 4PM, Sunday, October 18th at the Tempe Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E.Southern Avenue. Military Honors and an "Irish Send-off" will be celebrated at Noon, and an open mike will be available for those who would like to share stories of how Karl enriched their lives. Donations in memory of Karl Dowhie may be made to Hospice of the Valley @ www.HOV.org.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 14, 2009