June 17, 1959 - June 30, 2021
Burl J. Bowman Obituary Burl Jeffrey Bowman left this earth to be with his Lord and Savior of his soul on June 30th, 2021. Burl grew up in the small desert community of Morongo Valley, California attending the local schools and graduating from Yucca Valley High School. Much of his youth was spent exploring the desert floor and eventually working at the wildlife preserve in Morongo Canyon giving private tours sharing his knowledge of the local flora and fauna. After graduating high school Burl spent time in San Diego attending community college and starting his own lawn and garden service. Eventually, Burl moved back to his hometown and under the tutelage of his brother (John Snowden) he began developing the skill set of small engine repair. During this time, Burl worked for Walter Annenberg at the Annenberg Estate in Rancho Mirage then managed a small engine shop for Floyd Burcham (Floyd's True Value) in Bakersfield, CA and here in Visalia for Jensen & Pilegard. In the years to follow, Burl became a representative for Briggs & Stratton throughout the Central Valley and coastal region instructing mechanics and sales teams on small engine equipment. Burl used his mechanical skills to benefit future employers in steam and hot water boiler applications, as well as oil and racing fuel distribution. Before retiring due to illness, Burl would finish a 16-year career as a locomotive engineer for San Joaquin Valley Railroad operating out of Exeter, CA. If there was a skill to learn in a fascinating industry, Burl ensured that he mastered it. He took great satisfaction in doing all tasks with precision. Burl felt if you cannot do quality work, you were revealing a character and ethical flaw and you did not deserve the job. Burl attended Visalia United Methodist Church periodically throughout his residency in Visalia. He was involved with his children in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Royal Rangers over the years and volunteered at his wife's schools in events that enriched student learning and experiences. Burl is survived by his wife of 34 years Kim D. Bowman and their children: Joe & Rachel (Bowman) Weaver; Brycent & Kelli Kamehaiku; Aaron & Michelle Bowman; George & Samantha (Bowman) Southwick and preceded in death by daughter Krista Bowman. Burl also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, all whom he loved dearly. The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life at their Visalia residence. If you wish to attend and share memories with the family, please contact Samantha Southwick at (559) 967-0652 for specific details. Any monetary gifts Burl would have asked to be given to a local school site of your choice, Tulare County Office of Education Migrant Services, or Divisadero Middle School in Visalia to benefit student activities and academic programs.
Burl J. Bowman Obituary Burl Jeffrey Bowman left this earth to be with his Lord and Savior of his soul on June 30th, 2021. Burl grew up in the small desert community of Morongo Valley, California attending the local schools and graduating... View Obituary & Service Information
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