Hubert Clayton Owen Jr., MD

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me. -The 23rd Psalm. Hubert Clayton Owen Jr. M.D., 85, a resident of Zachary, LA, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Lane Regional Medical Center. Visitation will be at Charlet Funeral Home, Inc. in Zachary, LA on Friday, June 6, 2014 from 5pm until 8pm. On Saturday, June 7, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Zachary there will be a visitation from 9am until funeral Mass at 11am, conducted by Rev. M. Jeffery Bayhi. A private family burial will take place on Monday at the Louisiana National Cemetery in Zachary. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth "Liz" Colmer Owen; one daughter, Karan Elizabeth Owen of Allen, TX; two sons, Hubert "Hubie" Clayton Owen, III of Zachary; Paul Rhea Owen and his wife Deborah, of Zachary and their two daughters, Elizabeth Rhea Owen and Catherine Ann Owen. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael Colmer Owen; his parents Hubert Clayton Owen, Sr. and Elizabeth Rhorer Owen; sister and brother-in-law Betty and Carlton McConnell; and in-laws Marvin and Pauline Colmer. Pallbearers will be Marvin "Buddy" Colmer, Randall Colmer, Dr. Darrell Tate, Dr. Howard Martin, Dr. Salvador Lusco, Kim Tate, Mark Tate, and Ralph Tate. Honorary pallbearers will be Laney Mack, Gene Bruner, Leonard Aguillard, John McKee, Russell Bankston, Don Gustafson, Jesse Spears and Bill Noreus. He was a faithful member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. In his youth, he was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He graduated from Block High School in Jonesville, LA in 1946, where he was the valedictorian. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge from 1946-1950, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He attended Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans from 1950-1954, where he served as President of the Medical School Student Body. He had an internship at Confederate Memorial Medical Center in Shreveport from 1954-1955 as well as a Residency in Surgery from 1955-1956. He proudly served in the United States Army as a Captain in Nuremburg, Germany from 1956-1958. In 1958, he began his medical practice in Jennings with his longtime best friend, Dr. Darrell Tate. In 1969, he completed a residence in Radiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. He then served as a radiologist at Lane Memorial Hospital from 1969 until his retirement in 1991. He served as Chief of Medical Staff in 1973 and 1976 and on numerous medical committees. During this time, he also served at Field Memorial Hospital in Centreville, MS; West Feliciana Hospital in St. Francisville, and Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge. He was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Radiology in September 1988. He was appointed to serve on the Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners for the State of Louisiana, Department of Health and Hospitals in 1989. He was a member of the Louisiana State Nuclear Medicine Society and served as Vice President. He was a member of the Louisiana State Radiology Society and served as Vice President. He was a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He was also Certified by the American Board of Radiology. He was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of Lane Regional Medical Center by the Metropolitan Council of the City of Baton Rouge, where he served from 1993-2002. He served as Board Chairman from 1996-2002. He was a founding member and served on the Board of Directors of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company in Zachary. A lifelong Republican, he served as a representative to the 1964 Electoral College. He served on the first Home Rule Charter Commission for the City of Zachary from 1975-1976. He enjoyed his retirement years, playing golf at Fennwood Hills Country Club and taking golfing trips with his buddies. He was an avid fan of the LSU Tigers. The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Stephen Speeg, Dr. Michael Castine, and Dr. Boyd Helm and the ICU nursing staff of Lane Regional Medical Center. Memorial donations may be made to the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Capital Campaign, the Lane Regional Medical Center Foundation, and the Zachary Food Pantry. Share sympathies, memories, and condolences at www.CharletFuneralHome.com.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from June 5 to June 7, 2014
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