Sep 022011

Walter V. “Walt” Lowe, 85, of Mesa passed away on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in Mesa. Funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock this morning (Sept. 2) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Thunder Mountain Ward building, 7752 E. McDowell Road in Mesa. Additional funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Holbrook Stake Center. Interment will take place at the Holbrook City Cemetery following services.

Walt was born on March 10, 1926, in Logan, Utah, to Gilbert and Leone Lowe.

He graduated from Santa Ana High School in 1944, and enlisted in the Army. He served in the Army Air Corps from September 1944 until November of 1945.

Walt served in the Northern States Mission for the LDS church from October 1946 to October 1948.

He managed and owned KDJI Radio in Holbrook from July 1961 to 1978. He resided in Holbrook for 44 years. He served as president of the Arizona Broadcasters’ Association for the 1974-75 year.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Patricia Lowe of Mesa; two daughters, Verlanne (Johnny) Johnson of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Christine (Steven) Ramsey of Mesa; two sons, Walter V. (Patty) Lowe Jr. of McKinney, Texas, and Laurence M. (Jennilyn) Lowe of Springville, Utah; 19 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Allen Lowe, in 1973.

Falconer Funeral Home of Gilbert was in charge of the arrangements.