Dennis McGowan<br>July 5, 1946 - January 19, 2007<br>Dennis fought a courageous battle against a brain tumor, and passed away peacefully at home. He will be remembered for his compassionate character, and for his commitment to the people he loved, and the things he believed in. <br>Dennis and his wife Nancy were married in Eugene Oregon 36 years ago. Together they had five children: Isaac (Genevieve) McGowan, Ivy (Kyle) Morrow, Jesse McGowan, Louis McGowan, and Tobias McGowan. Dennis is also survived by his brother, Tim McGowan, and 2 grandchildren, Julia and Ruby Morrow. He was preceded in death by his parents Allan and Naomi McGowan. <br>Dennis had a deep passion for athletics, both as an athlete and a coach. He won a swimming scholarship to the University of Oregon, where he competed for four years. Dennis continued to swim competitively later in life, and to run long distance races, including several marathons. Dennis' lifelong love for coaching kids began after college, when he took the job of head coach for the LeGrande swim team in Eastern Oregon. Dennis coached teams for his own children in baseball and soccer for more than 18 years. <br>Dennis was the co-owner of Bullseye Sign Studio, which he operated in the South Bay for more than 15 years.<br>The Graveside Service will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes on Saturday January 27, 2007 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Los Angeles Mission at

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  1. Dear McGowan Family, We are very saddened by the news of Dennis’s death. We have fond memories of his kind and gentle manner. We remember the hummingbird and floral etched glass window he made for us, when we were living on Draille Drive. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Tim, Marian, David, and Lucas

  2. We are thinking of you, and we sincerely hope that the memories you have, give you comfort and peace. Sue, Mike, Ann, Marcia, and Paul

  3. Dear Nancy & family, We have many fond memories of Dennis through all the years at TABB and South High Baseball. Dennis will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. We are thinking all of you at this difficult time. Jim & Nancy Wolfinger

  4. JJ and the McGowan’s- My thoughts and prayers are with you. Dennis was a great coach and even better man. My deepest condolences. Tony Wolfinger

  5. Dennis was the patriarch of one of the nicest families we ever had the pleasure to know. Tobias is the same age as my son and over the many years of school events, sports, summer vacations, snowboarding trips, proms..( you get the picture)..I had great fun in getting to know Dennis and Nancy. Dennis was always easy going, quick to laugh, incredibly talented as an artist, loved music, and could talk passionately on the subject of politics and of course his beloved family.. And what a wonderful, close loving family he has! A beautiful tribute to the man and father that Dennis was. To Nancy and their children we hope that in the days ahead you will find comfort in those memories of Dennis that are yours to cherish always…Our deepest sympathy.. Marianne, Kent, Clark and Roxy Coble

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