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Finding grandfather | Preston Citizen

Finding grandfather

July 27, 2012
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For 48 years the remains sat on a shelf waiting for someone to claim them 

By RODNEY D. BOAM 

Citizen editor

For almost a half of a century the remains of a man sat on a shelf, wrapped in brown paper, at the mortuary waiting to be found.

How would it be to not be able to go to the cemetery and leave flowers on your grandfather’s grave because it didn’t exist or you didn’t know where it was located?

Donald Johns McDowell, 54, of Preston, has been searching for the remains of his grandfather, William Gladstone Johns, off and on for 30 years. McDowell knew he died in a motel in Coalville, Utah, back in 1964 but there was no record of his burial.

Donald McDowell holds the cremains of his grandfather after they were found at a Utah mortuary. McDowell displays them with his California law enforcement badge he has held on to for years.

He decided to go to the motel and ask some questions. McDowell said he was fond of his grandfather and remembered he wanted to be buried where he died.

This story is sponsored by  That Famous Preston Night Rodeo.

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