Floyd Eugene Gowan, Jr. AKA Gene, peacefully passed on Monday, November 24th, 2008 at the age of 77. He spent his last days at his Edmonds home and final hours at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland. Gene was admitted to Stevens Hospital emergency on Sunday, November 15th and was given 2 units of blood. The next day they found a bleeding ulcer and repaired it. An ultrasound and MRI later found that Gene had untreatable liver cancer. He went home on Friday November 21st with a full time care giver and Hospice at his side. While resting in his home he was visited by family members and many, many friends who dearly loved him.
Gene was born in Seattle, WA on June 25, 1931. He joined the army in May 1949 and was honorably discharged from Camp Hanford, WA October 27, 1951. He devoted his working years to the printing industry and specialized in pre-press services. His company, Quality Trade Service provided color separation services to the Seattle Opera, Alaska Magazine and many other high profile Seattle companies. In 1989 he co-partnered in the construction of a home in Edmonds. In 1991 a 13 thousand gallon pond was completed and Koi fish added to the pond. Gene became a well known and respected Koi enthusiast and won the top two awards for his prize fish at the Washington Koi and Garden Society for 2008.
In the early 90’s he redirected his working career to successfully selling proprietary software. Even at the age of 77 he was still putting together ‘software deals’ all over the country and his enthusiasm for his career and life in general was with him until the end. His signature laugh and positive attitude will be missed by many people who knew and loved him. Gene is survived by his sons David W. Gowan, Steven E. Gowan and Timothy D. Gowan and three Grandchildren Angie Peek, Justin Peek and Morgan R. Moliter.
A ‘Celebration of Gene’ will be held on Saturday, December 20th,at 10724 Robbers Roost Road, Edmonds, WA 98020 beginning at 2PM. Food and beverages will be served. Memorial donations may be made in Gene Gowan’s name to either of the following charities he often sent money to: The American Cancer Society or The Everett Gospel Mission http://www.egmission.org/Home.aspx (donations can be made online at the websites).