Owen Derrell Skousen
Published in The Arizona
Republic from March 3 to March 4, 2010
Owen Derrell Skousen,
77, of Mesa, AZ passed away on February 26, 2010. Owen was born August
10, 1932 in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico to Owen Mathias and Vivian
Skousen. He moved to Mesa in 1946.
Owen graduated from Mesa High School in 1950 after lettering in three
different sports- football, basketball, and baseball. In 2009 he was inducted
into the Mesa City Sports Hall of Fame.
Owen played football and baseball on a full-ride scholarship at Brigham
Young University. He graduated from BYU in 1957 with a bachelors of science,
after serving in the Korean War. In 1956, Owen was drafted by the Boston
Red Sox as a pitcher. Later, he moved back to Mesa where he taught and
coached football and baseball at Mesa Junior High for four years. When
finished coaching, Owen started a career in sales and marketing.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he served
in many callings including a bishop and high council member. Family was
most important to Owen, evident by the fantastic camping and hunting trips
he took with his sons and grand-children.
Owen is preceded in death by his son, Randall Durrell Skousen. He is survived
by his loving wife of 52 years, Nancy Anderson Skousen, his children:
Tracy Owen Skousen and his wife Diane Biggs, Carrie-Jean Skousen Johnson
and her husband Torre, and Leilani Clifford Skousen; 11 grandchildren,
and one great-grandchild with another due in July. He is also survived
by his brothers Lavar and Jeannine, Lamont and Cuquie, and Sherman and
The viewing will be held Thursday, March 4, from 6p.m. to 8p.m. at Meldrum
Mortuary. Services will be held at the Skyline Stake Center, 10305 E.
Southern Ave in Mesa, on Friday, March 5, at 11a.m. A short viewing will
be held at 10a.m. prior to the funeral.