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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 5:24 pm

David Scott Rowley, 89, beloved husband, dad, uncle, and Grandpa Boat, passed away peacefully after battling cancer for four years on Dec. 18, 2018. Dave ended his journey at home in Ocean Hills, California surrounded by family.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut to Alice Scott and William Thurston Rowley on June 23, 1929. He attended Princeton University receiving both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering. David served in the U.S. Navy as a Gunnery Officer aboard the U.S.S. Thomas F. Nickel from 1952 – 54, which started a life-long love of boating and being on the water. He met and married his first sweetheart, Isabel Brearley, in 1953. Together they had five children: Duncan, Kathy, Howard, and twins Laura and Karen.

After working as a research engineer for the Carter Oil Co. and Jersey Production Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma, David took a job with Christensen Diamond Products (CDP) in Salt Lake City, eventually heading up their research and development division. He worked for CDP for 23 years then worked as a consulting engineer for TerraTek. Over the years, David was instrumental in the design and development of several innovative oil well drilling tools and diamond drill bits that CDP took to the market. He was always working on new ways to solve problems and, as a result, had 23 separate patents. He instilled this same sense of curiosity in his kids and gave them the confidence and motivation to analyze and solve everyday problems.

Because of his love of boating the family, and closest friends the Duplers, enjoyed many vacations fishing, water skiing, and exploring the lakes of Utah. Gerry and her three kids Barry, Roslyn and Marcella became an extension of the family and vacations were always loud, crowded and lots of fun. David was very active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and spent many weekends teaching boater safety, conducting boat inspections, going on patrols, and again, enjoying just being on the water.

David and Isabel retired in Coronado in 1987 and spent several years exploring the harbors, learning about ocean fishing, and spent a long summer cruising the Intracoastal Waterway – going from Florida all the way into the Great Lakes. Isabel passed away in 2000 from cancer.

Three years later, Dave met his second sweetheart, Sharron Heller. They were married in 2003 and in 2005 they moved to Ocean Hills. Dave and Sharron continued to be active – they travelled, made new friends, and were active on the Home Owners’ Association Board. They loved being with family and Dave always had good stories and a few inappropriate jokes to share. Laughter and joy were steady requirements.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. He was an inspiration, and an intelligent, caring man. He leaves behind his wife Sharron, five children, ten grandkids, nieces and nephews, and his Molly dog.

A memorial service will be held by the family at the Ocean Hills Country Club, 4600 Leisure Village Way, Oceanside, CA 92056, on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at 10 a.m., with subsequent interment with military honors at Fort Rosecrans in San Diego.