Don Bowen K5LHO – SK

Don Bowen K5LHO

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Don Bowen K5LHO on August 13, 2021, after a short illness.

Don was one of the earliest members of the RWK, held many leadership positions in the club, including treasurer for many years. Don was voted “Director Emeritus” in 2019 in honor of his long-time RWK service.

Don led the Volunteer Examiner team for the ARRL West Gulf division for many years and was the original liaison with the City of Richardson for RWK support of public service events such as the annual Christmas Parade. After that he was the long-time coordinator for the City of Richardson Warning Siren monthly testing program.

“He was such a great partner to us all and will be missed.” – City of Richardson OEM

He graduated from SMU many decades ago, was a proud veteran of the Korean War, worked for Collins, Johnson Controls, eSystems, and the US DoD, and after he “retired”, he was a lab assistant and mentor at UTD for 20 years and could often be seen biking between his house and the UTD campus.

Don was a lover of 6M and had been known to hold court on 50.203 most evenings. Don was licensed in 1957 and K5LHO was Don’s original and only callsign.

Don and his wife Gwen K5JRT are long-time residents of Canyon Creek in Richardson.

A video of the Memorial Service for Don is available at: (Eulogy by his daughter starts at 30:20)

Don Bowen K5LHO with his RWK Director Emeritus award (presented at the 2020 President’s Dinner)
Don Bowen K5LHO and his Wife Gwen K5JRT in his “patio” ham shack (2017)