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JIM BOB ROWLAND


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JIM BOB ROWLAND Obituary
JIM BOB ROWLAND Jim Bob Rowland, 73, passed away April 2, 2017. Jim Bob was born June 29, 1943, in Las Vegas, but his parents, Helen and Chuck Rowland, along with sister, Kaye Ann, moved the family to Boulder City in 1949 "Because Vegas was getting too big!" He graduated from Boulder City High School (1962), spent a short time at Dixie College and served as a sub-mariner in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He survived the sinking of his submarine, the Simon Bolivar, and realized in his life, he would have many near death experiences such as surviving an airplane crash while a flight instructor, car crashes, diving accidents, and other adrenaline-rushing close calls, like an in-cage fight with an orangutan while his parents managed the Little Rock Zoo. Jim Bob spent almost all of his life around water, either treasure hunting, or establishing new businesses as his knowledge of Lake Mead and the Colorado was vast. Working at Lake Mead Marina at an early age on the water taxis, taking groups down the river to the Grand Canyon on rafts (Rowland River Runners), building a tour boat in the back yard to take visitors from London Bridge to an island on Lake Havasu, founding Black Canyon Raft Trips for day floats on the lower Colorado River, and becoming part owner and operator of Overton Beach Marina, Jim Bob was doing what he loved. After the Marina, Jim Bob roasted and marketed Sweeney's Gourmet Coffee, then finished his working career as a successful realtor. He was the epitome of an entrepreneur in small, successful businesses. He played football, basketball and ran track at Boulder City High School, then tennis, bowling and golf as an adult. He loved golf and he loved the people he played golf with. Jim Bob never met a stranger, although he may have called you Bubba if he couldn't remember your name, he genuinely loved his friends like family and he had a heart of gold. Jim Bob was especially proud of his family, daughter Jill Rowland-Lagan, son-in-law Barry, son Tracy (TJ) and his wife Christy, daughter Toby Navarro and husband Michael, and later Brandon McFarlane, and his wife Kellie. Along with kids, he had wonderful grandchildren, Alexi and Abbi Lagan, Reilly, Brody, and Blake Rowland, Henry, Gabriel, and Dave Navarro, and Ian McFarlane. He loved being around them as they grew older and was their best example of a great sense of humor; he teased them about anything and everything. Jim Bob was married to Judy Ramsay for 23 years, then to Jane Moore Parr for 20 years. We all loved him unconditionally. At his request, there will be no services and instead of flowers, he preferred a donation to See Spot Run Dog Park., "cause those puppies needed some grass to run on." One of his favorite sayings was, "Who has more fun than us?" We never did find anyone who had more fun than ushis friends and family. We will all miss you JB. Jim Bob left this world on April 2, at Desert Springs Hospital from complications of pneumonia. A Celebration of Jim Bob's life is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 from 2pm to 5pm at Denny and Vicki Mayes' home. Friends are welcome to stop by to share a memory.
Published in Boulder City Review on Apr. 27, 2017
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