J.D. McGowan was born January 26, 1938, in Hulbert, Oklahoma to the parents of Jewel Vascoe and Lillie Mae (Jones) McGowan. He went home to be with the Lord on February 4, 2022, in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 84.
He is preceded in death by his father Jewel Vascoe McGowan, mother Lillie Mae (Jones) McGowan, and great granddaughter Blakely Jo McClure of Hulbert. He is survived by his wife Joletta (Teague) McGowan of 63 years in Hulbert, his daughter Debra (McGowan) Lile and husband Floyd Lile of Aurora, Texas, and son Mickey McGowan and wife Andrea (Hubbard) McGowan of Hulbert, grandchildren Megan (McGowan) McClure and husband Joseph McClure of Hulbert, Patrick Lile of Aurora, Texas, Taylor Lile of El Paso, TX, Bryson McGowan and Jonathan McGowan of Hulbert, and great grandchildren Connor and Brooklyn McClure of Hulbert, and extended family and numerous friends.
J.D. grew up in Hulbert, Oklahoma. He attended Hulbert public schools, where he met the love of his life, Joletta. He graduated from Hulbert High School in 1956. Then attended Northeastern State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Education, and married Joletta on October 3, 1958. He went to Oklahoma State University and Tulsa University, where he completed his Doctorate of Administration. J.D. was a teacher and administrator for 34 years and began his career at Hulbert High School as a mathematics and industrial arts teacher. Later, he was a teacher and administrator at Wagoner Public Schools. Then he finished his career at Hulbert Public Schools as a superintendent for six years.
When he was not teaching or being an administrator, J.D. raised cattle and built fences with his son Mickey. He enjoyed taking his kids to the lake after the work was done. J.D.'s favorite activities were hunting trips, prairie dog and elk hunting, skiing on the lake, and staying at his cabin in Colorado. He was a loving father and grandfather supporting them at their activities and events. He was a hard worker, active and supporter of the community, served on the board of Lake Region and enjoyed drinking coffee daily with his friends to hear the latest. Anyone that knew him, knew he never met a stranger.
There will be a Celebration of Life graveside service at IOOF Cemetery in Hulbert Oklahoma on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at 2:00 P.M..
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at:
Wounded Warrior Projects