Laguna Beach has lost an ardent supporter of The Nature Conservancy, The Pacific Marine Mammal Center, The Zinc Cafe, Madison Square and The Penguin with the death of Donald Marquis Lowry on Friday, May 18, at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.
Lowry, still an avid biker at age 80, had an accident while riding on the Irvine Bike Trail on the previous Tuesday.
Lowry was born in Long Beach, where he graduated from Long Beach Poly High School in 1949; he received his bachelor of arts degree from University of Redlands in 1953 and completed his masters at USC. Except for a short stint with the FBI, Lowry was an educator and a coach in the Newport Mesa School District. At Estancia High he was an assistant principal and an instructor of history, international relations and political science. He was an enthusiastic coach of aquatic sports both before and after his retirement.
Lowry was a true citizen of the world, widely traveled, a master of world geography, interested in and knowledgeable about countries large and small situated beyond our borders, greatly concerned about the environment and an accomplished gardener, As a husband, grandfather, great grandfather, a clever and winning poker player in a long standing poker group and a generous and good friend, he will be missed.
Lowry is survived by his wife, Lynn Lowry; his daughter Jennifer Faulkner of Grants Pass, Ore.,; step daughter Shauna Bogert of San Clemente; stepson Kyle Tredway of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Lowry’s son Marquis predeceased him.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that a contribution be made to Lowry’s favorite non-profit: Pacific Marine Mammal Center at 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach 96651 www.pacificmmc.org