Leslie Myrl Brower (Les), age 85, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Cedar City, Utah, from the affects of several strokes. He was ready, and mentioned looking forward to greeting his mother again.
He was born April 20, 1927, in San Diego, California to Ethel Rye Brower and Samuel H. Brower.
Les graduated early from Colton High School in 1945 to enlist in the Navy. He was quite popular, lettering in baseball and captain of the football team. As Seaman First Class, he was assigned to USS Gear, a Dive Class Rescue and Marine Salvage Ship designated RMS-34 and served in the Bering Strait and Aleutian Islands. While at sea, he was so dedicated to his assignment, he was back on deck hours after having his appendix removed. He earned the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, American Area Medal and World War II
Victory medal. After serving 18 months, he returned home and immediately married June Marie May. Together they have five children: Leslie (Lee) M. Brower, Jr. (Lori), Samuel E. Brower (Rita), Bradford J. Brower (Tammy), Jon C. Brower (Sherri) and Dawna L. Brower Woslum (Trent).
Later divorced, he married Elizabeth (Liz) Strickland on August 29, 1974, and welcomed her children, Deborah Davis, Bud Brower and Darlene Good. Les and Liz were sealed for time and all eternity in the St. George Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on August 30, 2009.
He was well respected as a businessman and as a no-nonsense, hard working leader. He led by example and his word was as good as gold. In the mid 1950's, he started with one truck and a lot of hours and hard work to found and build Inland Produce- which later became known as the L. M. Brower Company. The company eventually grew to in excess of 100 vehicles with warehouses throughout Southern California and Arizona. In 1958, he moved to Banning where he lived until the early 1970's where his career later turned towards the real estate industry in Riverside, California, earning him a "Top 10" ranking with the Board of Realtors on several occasions. He served on the Board of Ethics and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
In 2005, they made Cedar City, Utah their home and have resided there since.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth and brother Floyd Brower (Estelle). Preceded in death: brothers Mel Brower and Wilford Brower and sister Sylvia Brower Long.
In addition to their eight children, they are survived by 32 grandchildren and 50 great- grandchildren.
Les loved all his children and loved to be near them especially later in life. He often expressed deep gratitude for Liz, his family, and for those who cared for him during his recent health trials. He had the "Brower" wit and sense of humor which lives on through his children. His patriarchal instincts and leadership were especially evident and appreciated during the last years of his life.
There will be a viewing held at the 16th Ward LDS church located at 1925 E. 320 S. on Monday, April 22nd from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral services, which will begin at 11:00 a.m. Services are under the care of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com