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David B. Lowry

David B. Lowry

David Britten Lowry passed away at home on August 18, 2010, after a brief illness.

David was born in Medford, Ore., on July 24, 1914, to Bert and Neva Lowry. He was part of a large family, and their father was the orchard manager for Bear Creek Corporation (Harry & David). Growing up, David worked in the orchards, carrying water on horseback to the pickers. Those early expericences led to a life-long career in the pear business. He bought land, grew pears and ran Associated Fruit Company since the late 1940s. He grew the company to its current size over these many years, retiring at the age of 94. He was an innovator in the industry, creating new pear varieties, introducing red pears and Asian pears into the marketplace. David formed a lasting appreciation for Mexicans and their culture in his early travels and had a deep respect and caring for those Hispanics who worked for him at Associated Fruit Company.

David was a wanderer, and loved discovering new places. As a young man he traveled extensively in Mexico, Europe and the Middle East before he started his business. He met Mary Louise Sander, an Ashland native, and they were married in October 1941. They were active members of the community together until her death in 1983. Having formed a strong bond during Mary's illness, David married Caroline Williams, his first wife's sister, on July 23, 1984. They have traveled the world together and been the best of friends.

David graduated from the University of Oregon and was a life-long Duck fan. He was a member of the Elks and Rotary for many years. David was named an Oregon Pioneer by Oregon State University for his contributions to agriculture in the state of Oregon. He was a generous member of the community, supporting the local 4-H at every opportunity. His hobby was gardening, and he has left a masterpiece at his home in Talent. David loved rhododendrons and leaves hundreds of specimen plants to the next generation. He was also very proud of his extensive Sambucus collection, his roses and iris gardens.

David was a romantic, an adventurer, and an entrepreneur with the determination of a bull, a survivor through a cornucopia of challenges and a survivor beyond the lives of his contemporaries. His philosophy was, There are no wrong turns, just alternate scenic routes. His was a life well and fully lived.

He is survived by his wife, Caroline Lowry; brother, Wally; children, Rhea Arthur and David Lowry and wife Loni; grandchildren, Rebecca Lowry and Douglas Lowry, and his stepchildren Diane Williams Englehardt, John Williams, Greg Williams and Anita Williams Grimaldi and their spouses and children. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Louise Lowry, and his daughter, Mary lee Lowry.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Perl Funeral Home in Medford. There will be a rosary at Perl Funeral Home on Monday, August 23, 2010 at 5:00 p.m., followed by a viewing at 5:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday, August 24, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of The Mountain Church, 987 Hillview Drive, Ashland. There will be a reception at the Rogue Valley Country Club at 4:00 p.m., following the burial at Perl Funeral home.

David B. Lowry