Published in Idaho Press Tribune on July 14, 2019
Michael John Gowen
December 1, 1946 - April 24, 2019
Michael J. Gowen died at his home in Wilder on April 24, 2019.
He is survived by his siblings Justine Gowen Hopper of
Caldwell, Paul J. Gowen of Birmingham AL, Christine Gowen
Boone of Georgetown TX, and numerous nieces, nephews,
grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Michael was descended from one of the early pioneering families of Caldwell. His
grandfather Justin "Jess" Gowen served as Postmaster and Mayor of the city in the early
1900's. Michael was the nephew of Paul R. Gowen, a Caldwell native and Army pilot in
whose honor Gowen Field in Boise is named.
Michael was born in Butte MT on December 1, 1946, to Justin B. and Mary Gowen.
Although he lived his earliest years in Butte and Seattle, a significant part of his youth was
spent in the Washington DC area, where he graduated from Gonzaga High School in
Michael earned his bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Sociology from the University
of Virginia in 1968. He went on to earn his master's degree in Folklore and Mythology from
UCLA in 1973. While in Los Angeles, he met and married his wife Beverly Haughey in
1980. They subsequently moved to Caldwell and were divorced in 1984.
Michael was a skilled Computer Programmer and worked for Idaho Power. His career
there spanned several decades, and he retired in 2005.
Michael had a passion for traditional Southern Blues and American Folk Music. He was a
talented guitarist and was a pupil of Master Guitarist John Fahey. He was also a gifted
artist, working through the mediums of music, drawings and stained glass. Michael's book
"415 Original Designs for Stained Glass" was published by Dover Press in 1989.
Michael found the world a wondrous place and saw beauty in everything. He had a deeply
felt reverence for all living things. These qualities came shining through to all of us who
were fortunate to know him. Michael touched our lives in a unique and special way. He will
An informal celebration of Michael's life will be held at Hat Ranch, 15343 Plum Road,
Caldwell, on July 27, 2019, from 5 to 9 pm.
All friends and family are welcome.
Condolences can be given at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com