A TRIBUTE TO A LOVING HUSBAND AND FATHER!!
When one has the opportunity to prepare a history such as this one for publication it becomes their privilege to include things that should be said but perhaps have not been. At this time, representing David William Rowley’s children and wife, I would like to add this tribute to him.
President N. Eldon Tanner has said, “I can think of nothing sweeter in all the world than a home where the father is holding and magnifying his priesthood and doing his duty, living the teachings of the gospel, realizing that his greatest responsibility is in his family…” Daddy, we your children pay tribute to you because we feel that we have grown up in a home where the father did live the teachings of the gospel and he taught them to his children. I remember many specific times when we were taught lessons in honesty, integrity, and truthfulness by your example.
From your sweet wife, Estella…”I was told by the spirit that you are a Christ-like man. I think you are almost the most perfect man I have ever known next to Jesus Christ, I love you more than anybody on earth.”
From Bishop Keith Johnson, of Mountain Home…”Brother Dave Rowley is the perfect example of what a true Latter-Day Saints should be.”
From Bishop Joseph Cutler, Bountiful…”Brother Rowley, you remind me of Mormon and his son Moroni in the Book of Mormon. You have the faith of Mormon and the integrity and tenacity of Moroni.”
From ALL of your children…
Children do not realize
How deep a father’s love, how wise —
They do not fully understand
The strength that’s in his guiding hand.
And yet he’s always held above
The childhood things that children love.
And as they grow the long years through,
That love for him keeps growing, too…
Until they learn the full extent
Of what a father’s love has meant,
The worries he’s concealed within,
How really wonderful he’s been
And, now, here’s to one beyond compare,
The Dearest Father anywhere!