Vernon Conrad “Con” Rowley, Jr.

Rowley, Conrad(March 1, 1932 – January 2, 2014)

Vernon Conrad “Con” Rowley, Jr, of St. George, Utah passed away on January 2, 2014.  He was 81 years old.  He was born on March 1, 1932 in Bunkerville, Nevada.  He attended Blanding Elementary and San Juan High School in Blanding, Utah before receiving a basketball scholarship to attend Dixie College.  A military veteran, he rose to the level of sergeant in the U.S. Army before continuing his education and completing his doctorate in education at Brigham Young University.  In 1960 he married Geraldine Wadsworth and together they had seven children Vynette (Kirk) Arnell, Derek (Genine), Trevor (Kristen), Karis (Jocelyn), Quinten (Jill), Rachelle (James) Miller, and Camille (Matt) Campbell.

He spent his career involved in education as a teacher, principal, and administrator, and later as Utah State Budget Analyst for Public Education and Education Deputy for Governor Mike Leavitt.

Upon retirement, he tended to Geraldine through a lengthy illness.  After Geraldine’s passing in 2006, he was remarried to Rexine Waldron.  With Rexine, he was able to achieve his goal of serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, New Hampshire-Manchester Mission.

A kind, loving man, of humor and generosity of spirit, he enjoyed sports and time spent with loved ones.  He will be greatly missed.  He is survived by his wife Rexine, his seven children, 28 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren and was predeceased by his wife Geraldine Rowley. He was loved and is additionally survived by Rexine’s family including 5 children and 13 grandchildren,

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Funeral Services

  • Viewing will be held at Spilsbury Mortuary on Sunday, January 5, 2014 from 5–7 p.m. and Monday, January 6, from 8:30-9:45 a.m. at the St. George LDS Chapel located at 1762 South River Road, St. George, UT prior to the funeral services at 10 a.m.
  • Interment will take place at 3 p.m. (UT time) in the Panaca City Cemetery, Panaca, NV.

Arrangements are made under direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends may sign his guestbook at

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