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John Frank "Jay" Lowell

Born: Fri., Jun. 4, 1976
Died: Sat., Mar. 31, 2018


Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sun., Apr. 15, 2018
Location: American Legion Post #94


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Stevensville – Jay entered greener pastures on Saturday, March 31, 2018. He was born on June 4, 1976 in Denver, CO to Jim & Nancy Lowell. He was named after both his grandpas – John Lowell and Frank Potter but has always been called Jay. In 3rd grade his family moved from Castle Rock, CO back to Stevensville where he began his schooling. He was a football player, wrestler, 4H and FFA member. His main love was hunting and fishing. He graduated from Stevensville High School and took a year off to head to Colorado to run the ranch for his grandparents. He then returned and began his college career at Western Montana College in Dillon, where he graduated with a business degree. We teased him that his mind was hunting! He enjoyed his time there and made many lifelong friends. After graduation he purchased Fort Owen Trading Post where he faithfully worked until his death. His other work credentials included working at Ruffatto Land and Cattle, Ellison Cattle Company and for anyone who needed a helping hand. He was a friend to all and had a giving personality. He said that, “Sometimes you just need to do that!” He purchased a rundown farm and worked and worked to improve it. He and his dad built a beautiful rock wall and always enjoyed their hunting expeditions from the time that Jay could go. In the last year, he and his foreman (mom) took on an adventure raising cows and calves! It was a great joy to us seeing our little white-faced calves, such a great memory. He loved his sister and nephew greatly and unconditionally! He was preceded in death by his grandparents John and Bea Lowell; along with Frank and Pic Potter. He also was preceded by aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his dad Jim Lowell; mom Nancy Lowell; sister Jamie Lowell and his beloved nephew Aksel “AJ” Sorenson. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and many many great friends. Also, he leaves behind Jenna his faithful Aussie dog! A “gathering of friends” memorial to celebrate his life will be held on April 15, 2018 at the American Legion Hall in Stevensville from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. If you would care to bring a salad or dessert please feel free to! Meat and drinks will be provided. RIP Jay!

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Mary and Ron Terwilliger
   Posted Fri April 06, 2018
It is so hard to tell you how sorry we are for Jay's passing. Such a great nephew and we had so many good times together especially at the Red Ives Cabin in Idaho. I always looked forward to our visits in Stevensville to look over all the goodies in the Pawn Shop and visit with Jay. He is probably in Heaven teaching everyone there to fly fish as Jay had given up on teaching his old "auntie" how. Rest in Peace precious Jay.

Shane Linse
   Posted Sat April 07, 2018
I was shocked to hear about Jays passing. I always made a point to stop by the trading post on my travels home. Always wanted to know how things were in Alaska. He said he wanted to come up and live off the grid as a mountain man. Part of me thinks he was watching to many of those Alaska reality tv shows, but then again that was Jay. Loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was such a great guy and will be missed. My condolences to Jim, Nancy and Jamie.

Charlotte Hoffman
   Posted Sat April 07, 2018
I am so saddened by the loss of my friend and neighbor, Jay. He was kind, strong, talented and giving. The community so benefited from his being. Jay helped me on my place and I would tease him by asking if he could just make my place look like his. He'd laugh and say "Sure. Where do you want to start." God speed, Jay. You are greatly missed.

Steve, Kay, and Phyllis Clevidence
   Posted Sun April 08, 2018
Our deepest and most sincere sympathy to the family for your pain and loss.

Art Graham
   Posted Sun April 08, 2018
I send my heartfelt condolences and wishes for a transition which is full of great memories, nice stories and smiles for one another. Jay brought a lot of joy to others along with enjoyable conversation and pleasant greetings. Let's keep those pleasant feelings alive as we all pass through the pain of this loss. My best to Mom Nancy and sister Jamie. Godspeed to all.

Pat Pfau
   Posted Sun April 08, 2018
Our hearts were broken when we heard of Jay’s passing. Jay was a kind and thoughtful young man. A friend to everyone he met. Jay would be the first to offer help to all of us. Our thoughts and many prayers are with you Jim, Nancy, Jamie, and AJ.

Shauna Brewer
   Posted Sun April 08, 2018
I am very sorry to hear of Jay's passing. He was a true friend and a great person. I went to college with him and he was my landlord when I lived in Stevensville. I also rented his pasture and many an evening we spent talking about life when I'd go out to ride or feed my horses. He always had a smile and the kindest, giving soul. And he sure loved his dog Jenna! I am so very sorry for your loss.

Dan Standish
   Posted Sun April 08, 2018
Such a shock to Nadine and I to hear of your passing. Always stopped in to Fort Owen shop to catch up and see how things were. Sure gonna miss our conversations and that smile !! Rest in Peace old friend. Our heartfelt condolences to your family and Jenna

Tim and Elaine Lowell
   Posted Mon April 09, 2018
Tim and I join everyone in expressing our sorrow for your indescribable loss. Hugs and prayers from all of us to all of you....

Jean & Brian Peacock
   Posted Mon April 09, 2018
We're keeping the whole family in our thoughts and prayers.

Kerry Sandoval
   Posted Tue April 10, 2018

MOUNTAIN MEADOW PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Jose and Kerry Sandoval.

Jay, Jose and I would like to thank you. Thank you for every piece of advice you’ve given us, and for every joke you made to lighten the mood. Thank you for always being sincere with your actions, and generous with your friendship. Thank you for your encouragement to strive for big things, and for being so welcoming and understanding. You have a special place in our hearts and we will miss you very much. We are grateful to have known you and will treasure all of our memories together. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Jose and Kerry Sandoval


Pete & Cindy McKinley
   Posted Wed April 11, 2018
Jim, Nancy, and Jamie,
There are no words to say how sorry we are for your loss!. Our love, thoughts, and prayers to you and your family.

Jack and Linda Pfau
   Posted Thu April 12, 2018
It is hard to express how very sorry we are for your loss. We always enjoyed talking to Jay, he was so sweet and kind. He will be greatly missed by all.

Robin Herman
   Posted Fri April 13, 2018
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of Jay’s loved ones at this difficult time. He will always be remembered for that special person he was.

Gary and Glenda Edgeworth
   Posted Sat April 14, 2018
Our deepest sympathy goes to the Lowell family. Jay will be missed. RIP Jay.

Russ and Bonnie McCormick
   Posted Sun April 15, 2018
Our sincere thoughts and prayers for the entire family. We have fond memories of Jay during our 4H days. May your family and friends continue to embrace you all in their loving arms. God bless.

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