Thursday, August 10, 2006

John Carl Owings, 75, died July 31, 2006, at his home in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Graveside services were held Aug. 2 in the Garden of Acacia at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens with Pastor Billy Hamblin officating.

He was born Nov. 10, 1930, in Exeter, to Vance and Edith Owings.

As captain of his football and basketball teams, he was offered a full scholarship to Oklahoma State univerity, but chose instead to marry Jo Ann Gibson on Feb. 5, 1949, while they were seniors in high school.

Early in their marriage, he worked at Crater Lake National Park for three summers and was a member of the search party that located two murdered General Motors executives at Crater Lake in 1952.

After permanently moving to Kalmath Falls, he drove a log truck. In 1961, he went to work for a lumber company and retired after 34 years. He was president of the Southern Oregon Racing Associaton in the 1960s and raced a Hudson Hornet stock car, No. 26, which was his high school football and basketball number.

Survivors include: his wife of 57 years; daughters and sons-in-law, Carla and Rick Chavez and Leigh and Floyd Frisk; son and daughter-in-law Travis and Carrie Owings; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren; sisters, Annabelle McDaniel, of Colorado, and Clarabelle Elliott, of Oklahoma; brother George Owings, of Texas and sister-in-law Juanita Owings, of Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his brother Charles Owings, sister Emella Roller and sister-in-law Peggy Ash.