Clarence Joseph Fowkes

Jul 18, 2012 Staff

Clarence Joseph Fowkes, 91, of Dubois, died June 27, 2012, at his home.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Sun Room of the Dubois Headwaters Community Arts and Conference Center.

Clarence was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Almy to Charles and Edith (Bell) Fowkes. He was raised on the family ranch, which was homestead by his parents near Evanston. He graduated from Evanston High School in 1938. He then received his bachelor of science degree in soils from Utah State University in 1944, and then went to Cornell University where he earned his masters in soils taxonomy in 1967.

He was of the Christian faith and considered his home church Hiland Park Community Church in Casper.

He worked at the Wendover Air Base as the office manager because he was unable to join the military to fight in WWII because of medical reasons.

Clarence, also known as "CJ" or "Digger," worked throughout Wyoming with the Soil Conservation Service from which he retired. He conducted soil surveys for the Riverton Valley Homestead Act and did the complete soil analysis of Teton National Park, which he mapped out. The map was on display at the Moose Visitor Center. He was also in charge of the soils taxonomy classifications for the State of Wyoming. Besides the work with soils, he was also the president of Riverton Concrete Products.

His family said he was always involved in the community as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and as a basketball coach. He was a member of the Toast Masters, Young Businessmen Association and the Utah State Alumni.

His interest were varied, first and foremost his family said he was a "true cowboy," and he loved all of Wyoming, landscapes, Cowboys and wildlife. He also hunted, fished, hiked, met friends at the Rustic Pine, and enjoyed his family and friends.

He is survived by sons Kirk and wife Nancy Fowkes, Jon Fowkes, Tom and wife Joyce Wystra and Andy and Krista Wystra; daughters Celeste and husband Ed Allen, Karen and husband James Bayert, Jo Deanne and husband Wayne Fontenot and Patty and husband Bob Thompson; a sister Vida White. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; siblings Charles, Mary, Ethel, Lillian, Arnold and Emily; his first wife, Delilah Ann Fowkes and his second wife, Nancy; and a daughter-in-law, Jean Fowkes.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Fowkes Ranch Memorial in care of the Davis Funeral Home.

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