Carl Lyle Bowen: Feb. 23, 1934 – Aug. 9, 2018



Carl Lyle Bowen, aka “Rusty,” passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, Thursday Aug. 9, 2018. He was born Feb. 23, 1934 in Los Angeles, Calif. to Denzel and Margaret Bowen. “Rusty” became a true Pacific North Westerner when his family moved to the Seattle area.

He was an athletic young man, participating in a range of activities from tap dancing, roller skating and swimming in his youth, to competitive diving, swimming and gymnastics in college. His adventurous spirit led him to become a skilled hunter, fisherman, avid camper and backpacker of beaches, lakes and mountains alike. He was also an enthusiastic and masterful gardener.

”Rusty” earned his teaching credentials while completing an Army ROTC program, graduating with a B.A. in physical education from Eastern Washington University in 1956. Following graduation he joined the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps, serving as a hospital administrator in Germany. After his tour of duty and honorable discharge, “Rusty’ transitioned to education and became a respected PE teacher and cross country track and swimming coach at Chief Sealth High School in Seattle.

“Rusty” also enjoyed his own boat and commercial fishing for salmon and halibut. Retiring after 30 years teaching in 1999, he moved with his wife and soul mate, Leah Ann Bowen, to Whidbey Island where he spent 19 more years enjoying his passion for the out of doors. He will be remembered as a strong, protective, devoted husband. A tough guy with a Teddy Bear heart.

“Rusty” was preceded in death by his parents Denzel and Margaret, son Russel and stepson Michael Brandt. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Leah Ann Bowen; his daughters Cathy Hes (Dolf) of Rohnert Park, Calif. and Carolyn Lovett of Tustin, Calif.

He is also survived by Lean Ann’s daughters Michelle Clark and Rebecca Goodwin of Idaho; grandchildren Justin and Casey Hes of Rohnert Park, Calif., Devyn and Tianna Lovett of Tustin, Calif.; Jacob and Garrett Harrison of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho; and many other loving family and friends.

There is an online memorial available. Its direct link is

Family suggests remembrances may be made to The Oak Harbor Education Foundation: P.O. Box 1801, Oak Harbor, WA 98277; or The American Heart Association online, or by phone at 1-800-AHA-USA1 (141-8711).

Arrangements are entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, WA.

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