español English

Obituary for Bruce Willard Mower

Bruce Willard Mower thumbnail

Bruce Willard Mower

May 13, 1949 - August 7, 2012

Washington Terrace-Bruce Willard Mower, 63, left this mortal life on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. He died of natural causes. Bruce was born on Friday, May 13, 1949, in Cascade Valley, Idaho, the only son to Orson Willard and Arvilla Olson Mower. He graduated from Bonneville High School. He studied Theatre Arts at Weber College and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He spent 10 years in New York City working as an actor. His parents were overjoyed when he became homesick and returned to South Ogden. He lived in his parent’s basement for about 10 years and then moved into his own home in Washington Terrace. Bruce worked for UTA as a bus driver for about 23 years and was looking forward to being able to retire so he could become a writer. He loved meeting people. His hobbies were reading, watching movies of all kinds and studying the scriptures. Bruce was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission in Hong Kong for 2 ½ years. While living in New York he held several positions in the Chinese Speaking Branch; one of which was teaching the Gospel to the members in Cantonese. After returning to Utah he held many positions being Sunday School President in his ward at the time of his death. He enjoyed singing and was a member of the ward choir. Bruce is survived by his four sisters: Marilyn (George) Froerer, Kathleen (Richard) Stephens, Janet (David) Jorgensen and Phyllis (Leon) Greenwell. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services for Bruce will be held on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Washington Terrace 7th Ward, 125 East 5350 South. Family will greet friends from 12:00 ~ 1:45 p.m. prior to the services. Interment will be held at West Weber Cemetery. Please send the family your condolences and a memory at


Leave a Condolence

Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, August 13, 2012

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Washington Terrace 7th Ward


125 E 5350 S, , Washington Terrace, UT,

| Map

Service Information

Date: Monday, August 13, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm -

Washington Terrace 7th Ward


125 E 5350 S, , Washington Terrace, UT,

| Map

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, August 20, 2012

West Weber/Taylor Cemetery


1036 South 2800 West, , West Weber , UT, 84404

| Map


Timeline for Bruce Willard Mower

Born: May 13, 1949
Died: August 7, 2012

Condolences for Bruce Willard Mower

Randy Weaver posted on 8/15/12

I'm happy that I was able to know Bruce. He was always upbeat and happy and I regret that I did not know him even better. At Bonneville he was such a fun person to associate with. My condolences to the family.Randy Weaver


Kent Jorgenson posted on 8/13/12

Bruce was a wonderful, kind man! I loved taking with him after a long day at work. He never complained, always had a great attitude. I already miss him. Such a loss! All the best to his family and friends.


Todd Fronberg posted on 8/13/12

I am sad to hear about Bruce, he was a wonderful and caring man. When I came to Utah to visit my father, Hal Fronberg, we would walk down the road to Bruce's home and chat for a while. Bruce always showed kindness and love. My father respected and loved him. He touched the hearts of many, including my Father and me.


Ted Mower posted on 8/12/12

Dear Bruce - How I shall miss you. Your kind face, your warm hugs, the joy I felt whenever I was in your presence. I looked up to you all my life as more than a cousin, a friend, a Christlike example of who I should strive to be like. Your memory will sustain me until we meet again. Ted


Lee Koldewyn posted on 8/11/12

Please edit my memory submitted on Aug 10. Please delete the internet link (it is not valid) for You Tube and replace it with the following: Search :lkoldewyn and The Toad ManThank you,Lee Koldewyn


Roma Frost Walker posted on 8/11/12

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your brother, Bruce. We remember him to be a fine young man with a talent for singing. He was a good person and I enjoyed knowing him.Roma Frost Walker and Family


Paula Mullis posted on 8/10/12

The thing around remember most about Uncle Bruce is Christmas mornings. He would come out with my Grandparents to watch us open our gifts and then we would have a big breakfast. One Christmas in particular I remember is when my little sister MIchelle got a tap player with a microphone. I also got a Barbie called Barbie and the Sensations. She was in a musical group and she came with a tape of some of their songs. I remember Uncle Bruce put the tape in Michelle's tape player and sang along to "Bop, Bop, Bopping Away" as if he had heard the song several times and was dancing around. It was very funny and we all had a good laugh. He had a great smile and gave great hugs. He also took pictures at my wedding and gave them to me as a gift. We will miss you Uncle Bruce.


Amy Judd posted on 8/10/12

I love this picture of Uncle Bruce. He looks so happy. I remember once when he was visiting from New York and he came over for dinner. We were watching Solid Gold and my mom started to explain the show to him as if he came from another country not another state. He just smiled and said they had Solid Gold in New York. When he moved home he would come to our house Christmas morning with Grandma and Grandpa. He would play with our toys with us and put together anything that required assembly. He always had a camera in his hands and took lots of snapshots from my wedding and gave them to me as a gift. You will be missed. I know you are in a better place. Love ya


Annette F Burrell posted on 8/10/12

So sorry to hear about your brother. I use to live down the street from the Mower's in South Ogden I lived with my familty the Farmers, 4326 Porter Ave. I didn't realized he had sisters I thought he was an only child. I learned a lot today reading about his life. I won't be able to attend the funeral but you have my prayers with all of the family. take care Annette Burrell


Lee Koldewyn posted on 8/10/12

I was so saddened to hear of Bruce's passing this morning. Bruce and I are the same age. We were close neighbors and best buddies in Jr High and High School. I have so much admiration and respect for Bruce, who was such a fine gentleman and Pleasant man to be with. We have been in contact through all these years and I have enjoyed hearing of his adventures throughout his career in the theater. Actually, I take some credit to sparking Bruce's interest in the theater as I cast Bruce in his very first staring role as The Toad Man, in one of my childhood home movie productions at age 11 (1960). With Silly Putty on his face, dressed in old ragged clothing , with a nylon stocking over his head, and wearing swimmers fins on his feet , Bruce made quite the formidable monster! Bruce's favorite pet, his Black and white dog also appeared in the movie. You can view the movie The Toad Man on You Tube... you Bruce,Lee


Drew posted on 8/10/12

I have had the opportunity to serve in the sunday school presidency for the last 6 months with bruce. He was a very knowledgable person, and was able to show me a great example. I have been honored to work with Bruce and to see his true love for the gospel and the ward family. May your family feel comfort at this time Bruce, and Thank You for the example you were to me!


Gerry Ekker posted on 8/9/12

I have known Bruce for 12 years. He was a good friend. I think the thing I will miss the most is his laugh. He had a wonderful laugh that would fill the room. Good-by, Bruce, we will all miss you.


Mark and Linda DeBoe posted on 8/9/12

My husband and I both worked at UTA with Bruce. Our condolences to the Family. He will be greatly missed.


Daniel & Jackie Graber posted on 8/8/12

We are very saddened by the passing of Bruce. He was very caring, helpful, and thoughtful. He visited our home every month and always was concerned with our welfare. His love of theater and film made for many wonderful conversations. We will miss Bruce very much. Our thoughts are with the family at this time