Bill Farroll McGowan, 83, of Gilbert, AZ passed away on May 10, 2017. Today we celebrate his wonderful life, and how grateful we are to have been part of it. He left us May 10, 2017 and is at peace after a lengthy illness.
Bill was in the Army during the Korean War and proudly served in the Honor Guard. After the Army, he went back to school and graduated with a degree in Music at West Texas State University. Several years he moved the Tulsa, OK. He and his first wife Joy had two beautiful children, Suzanne Hale and Scott McGowan.
He met his wife Bennie McGowan when acting in the play Carousal at Tulsa Little Theatre, playing the part of Jigger to her Mrs. Mullin’s. In the show his line to her was “Put on a new coat of paint. You’re startin’ to peel, old pleasure-boat” as he blew smoke in her face, it was the beginning of their wonderful life together. He called her his “old pleasure-boat” for the next 40 years where they song and acted in shows across the states & England. They appeared in numerous shows and revues in Oklahoma with Discoveryland, Gaslight Theatre and Tulsa Little Theatre.
They left Tulsa and moved Dallas for a brief period before moving to California and then to Boise in 1992. They were able to be near their Grandchildren and got to be a large part of their lives as they were growing up. They appeared regularly in theatre there, including many productions with Knock Em Dead Dinner Theatre and Boise Little Theatre.
They moved to Phoenix in 2002, once again to be near family. Bill did his last show at the Scottsdale Desert Stages in 2007 when he appeared in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”.
He was a great stepfather to Katy and her husband, Brad Crown. They were a large part of their lives in Boise and Phoenix, with Tuesday night dinners and never missing a show. He was a devoted Grandpa to Tiffany Crown Johnson and Cameron Crown, and adored his Great Granddaughter, Megan Johnson.
He is survived by his children, Suzanne Hale currently living in Oklahoma and Scott McGowan living in Colorado. He is also survived by 2 stepchildren in California, George Gilbreath and Bryan Gilbreath. He and by his Brother Tony McGowan in Texas.
Join us as we celebrate his memories with love and Theatre on Wed May 17 at 6:30 PM at Legacy Funeral Home 1374 N Arizona Ave, Chandler AZ He is being cremated and his ashes will be taken to the National Memorial Cemetery of AZ in Phoenix AZ on June 2. We will all meet at the Legacy Funeral for the procession at 9am.