By RODNEY D. BOAM
If there is a happier person in Franklin County than Dorothy Owen, they may be hard to find.
It seems every adventure in her life, even the difficult ones, she describes as fun. Collecting histories, long trips on motorcycles with her husband and rearing 10 of her 11 children has all been fun.
The Glendale resident was honored in April by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP). Owen has served for over two decades on its Board of Directors.
“I was on the board for 22 years and you’re only supposed to be there for four. But I stayed on longer,” she said. She was recognized for her longevity and service at a gathering of DUP members. “I got a free diner and a corsage. It was a lot of fun.”
Owen has had fun making four scrapbooks for the organization. She is currently working on her fifth and final one. It’s a centennial scrapbook and contains information on 100 years of Franklin County history.
The Glendale historian began her love of finding and keeping historical information early on in life. Even before she was a teenager she began collecting personal relics like high school student cards and event programs. She would get family histories at reunions and other gatherings. Today she has shelves and shelves of books, family histories and other items of historical significance.
“She has been finding items for a long time, as long as I can remember,” said her son, Mark. “She has done all of our family histories. We don’t have to worry about doing anything.”
In 2000 she got her introduction to the modern computer age. Her husband, Lester, bought her first computer. She wore out the first one and is on her second and has burned over 300 CDs of family histories for her family and others.
“It’s been fun,” she said. She scans and prints out information for family members as requested.
Dorothy started making scrapbooks for the DUP in 1981. The books include newspaper articles, photographs, program covers and other memorabilia.
Dorothy remembers her family moving from Arbon Valley, west of Pocatello, to Clifton when she was 11 years old. A few years later she started seeing Lester, who would become her husband. They became good friends when she was 14. He was 15. She married at 19 and the fun continued.
“Everybody said we wouldn’t make it,” the 83-year-old said. “We would have been married 56 years. It was fun,” she said. “He passed away nine years ago on July 5.”
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