Marty Juno McGowen (The Gentle Giant) of Kamiah, husband of Marian Darleane McGowen, passed away on Oct. 9, 2018 and went home to be with his Heavenly Father, while surrounded by family.
Marty, a loving man with an infectious smile and a soft-spoken demeanor, was born 64 years ago in Los Angeles, Calif. where he also attended high school. It was during the 1980’s that Marty worked for Los Angeles Unified School District as a bus driver, where he met and fell in love with the love of his life, Marian Darleane Cummings. On Oct. 17, 1987 Marty married Marian Darleane Cummings and instantly became a father and grandfather of his new extended family. During the early years of their marriage this happy, outgoing couple shared many hobbies together such as archery, hunting, boating, fishing, and glamping with family and friends. Marty’s personal hobbies included riding his “Goldwing,” photography, computers, weightlifting, and he was also an amateur gun enthusiast.
In the spring of 1988 Marty and Darleane moved from Los Angeles to Kamiah where he began working in the lumber industry as a mill worker until the local mills began closing down. He then began working at the Pit Stop station where many in the community would find him just “hanging out.” Over the years Marty became friends with the people of Kamiah and surrounding communities.
Marty confessed his faith in Jesus Christ many years ago. He lived his life as a “Gentle Giant,” a big man with a bigger heart. His personal relationship with Christ was evident in his kind and generous nature, and was strengthened in the past few years of his life as his relationship with the Lord grew ever stronger.
Marty leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Marian Darleane (Cummings) McGowen, two sisters Eva Briggs and Tammie Parker, one brother Germiles Briggs, his extended family Blanch LuWanna (Noel) Bomar, Marian Darlette (Fred) Wyllie, and Perry Green, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held Oct. 20 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, 620 7th Street, Kamiah.