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William "Owen" Dugmore

Feb 23, 1931 - Jan 17, 2018
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   William “Owen” Dugmore was born in a small town in southern Utah on February 23, 1931, to Abraham Owen Dugmore and Marion Killpack Dugmore.  

  Owen attended Millard High School in Fillmore, Utah and graduated in 1949 and then served a mission for the LDS church in Austria for 2-1/2 years.  When he returned, he entered the pre-med program at the University of Utah and graduated with honors.  Owen’s mother wanted him to be a doctor, but he wanted to follow in her footsteps and be a teacher.  After obtaining his undergraduate degree, he taught high school for a few years and then went back to school and obtained his Ph.D. in educational psychology with a concentration in counseling.
Owen chose to teach at Central Washington University because he liked the small town feel of Ellensburg.  He said that “after experiencing Central for five or six years, I began to realize that I probably wouldn’t find another place where I would like the town or the students any better” and so he stayed and taught at CWU for forty-five years.  At Central, Owen taught courses in relationships, personal development and counseling through the psychology department.  Owen was a firm believer in not just teaching his students, but learning from them.  He once said “Before I go to class, I don’t go with the idea of imparting information, I go with the idea of spending an hour of life with my students.”  
Owen also provided personal counseling services to students at the Student Medical and Counseling Clinic on campus.  He once said “In my opinion, the best counseling sessions are those where the client, without even being aware of it, has also counseled me.”  
Owen loved music.  He especially enjoyed opera and for years had season tickets to the Seattle Opera.  He was a committed fan of Central’s music department and attended many of their musical performances throughout the years.  
Owen was a beloved teacher, counselor, uncle and friend.  He will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at the LDS Ward Chapel 808 S. Magnolia St., Ellensburg, and WA on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11:00.  A potluck luncheon will follow.
Owen is survived by his two nephews; Antony Dugmore, Utah and William Dugmore, Texas, and many close friends and colleagues he considered to be his family. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Alton Patrick Dugmore.
Memorial donations can be made in Owens memory to Ellensburg Animal Shelter in care of Brookside Funeral Home, 101 E 2nd Ave, Ellensburg, WA 98926.

Funeral Information

Funeral service

Jan 27, 2018:11:00 a.m.

LDS Church

808 S. Magnolia St Ellensburg