Felix James McGowan

January 20, 1947November 18, 2020

Mr. Felix James McGowan passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on Wednesday, November the 18th in Salt Lake City, UT. at the home he shared with his lifelong and loving companion of 41 years, Kaye Haymond.

Felix was born January 20th 1947 in Elm Mott Texas to Joe C. McGowan and Katherine Snell McGowan. He was one of 7 children. Felix resided in Texas where he attended Houston Tillotson University, and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity where he made many friends. There he studied Sociology and attained a degree in Business Management. While there, he met and married Linda J. Lewis, (later divorced). To that union one child was born, Scott T. McGowan whom Felix loved with all his heart.

Felix then moved to Utah to work on his MBA at the University of Utah. And he never left. He began working in State government shortly after arriving and eventually became the Human Resource Director for the State of Utah under Governor Norm Bangerter. He made his final career move to Salt Lake County Government to become the Director of Personnel in which he later retired. Through his career he made many friends that remained throughout his life. There wasn’t a place he would go that he was not known.

He enjoyed fishing, card games, taking RV trips with friends and family, his time spent in St. George, UT and trips to Mesquite, NV where on the way he could buy his lotto tickets (because he was always sure he would win). Felix loved watching his Utah Jazz and Utah UTES. Because of their many road trips together, his favorite saying was “he was just driving Miss Katie”. He enjoyed traveling back to Texas to visit family and friends when he could, and long phone calls when he couldn’t. He was a BBQ master and made the best ribs around.

Felix, was also known by many nicknames, Phil, Bulldog, Paul-Paul, Fee, and Papa Fee. He was an incredible man with a contagious smile and laugh that one could never forget. As we asked people for words that described him, we received protector, giver, angel, southern gentleman, friend, knowledgeable, dependable, kind, sweet, devoted, loyal, funny, and loving. All of these words give a description of what he lived up to in every way, every day of his life. He set an example to all of us on how people should be treated. Everything he did was with integrity and love. He stood up, and showed up for all. His presence will be missed, and we will forever leave him a seat at the table.

Felix is survived by: his son Scott McGowan Austin TX, Companion Kaye Haymond Salt Lake City, UT sisters Ruby McGowan Hackworth and Kathleen Johnson (Sweet Pea) San Antonio TX, Valorie McGowan Perkins Waco TX, a host of nieces and nephews and his Utah family Shellie (Debbie) Haymond Holladay UT, Doug Haymond Midvale UT, Peter Bigelow Holladay UT, Grandsons Noah and Joshua, Great Grandsons Rayden and Carter.

He is preceded in death by: parents Joe C. McGowan, Katherine Snell McGowan, sister Lelia Johnson, and brothers Edgar Lee McGowan, Joe Earl McGowan.

As per Felix’s wishes, he was cremated and his ashes will be taken back to Texas and be privately scattered. Taking a que from his generous heart, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to one of the following charities: United Negro College Fund, American Heart Association, St. Jude’s, Breast Cancer Awareness or a charity of your choice.


Felix James McGowan

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Thomas Cantrell

February 4, 2021

Felix was (is) a kind soul who not only could and would forgive, he also knew how to ask forgiveness as in his classic humorous way.

I love the man. For some reason he came to mind just now, and I discovered that he had passed.

Felix, you are the man, my dear brother. You are moving on to greater things, and leaving behind many who love you.

Jim West

December 13, 2020

Felix was a good friend and work companion for many years. Kaye, so sorry for your loss, and wishing you peace and comfort.

S Milich

December 2, 2020

Scott- I’m so sorry for your loss.

Audrey Mendez

December 1, 2020

I remember Felix - he was my mom's upstairs neighbor at the condo she lived at. He was always helpful to my mom and will always appreciate what he did for her.

Diane Shipp

December 1, 2020

I first met Fee in the early eighties when Shellie, Pete, Burke, Dave and Brad were all friends in high school.

Spent lots of fun times at their house, barbeques, Christmases and just whenever a party was needed.

You were always so kind to me. I will cherish knowing you and the wonderful man you are. Thanks for being my friend. Rest in Peace friend.

And to you Katie, please accept my most sincere, heart felt condolences. I can't imagine what you're going through at this time. I'm so terribly sorry for your loss.

Norma Middleton

November 30, 2020

Kaye, my heart goes out to you and all of Felix's family and friends.

William and/or Payne

November 29, 2020

My condolences to you Kaye and your families. Felix was a good friend and gentleman. I will always remember his quiet humor and smile. Please add non-judgemental to his list of remembered qualities. I miss him too.


November 29, 2020

This kind and generous man was one of my best mentors and one of my staunchest supporters.

I'll always be grateful that he fully facilated that very difficult balancing act that every working mom faces.

He was the epitome of what it means to be a civil servant.

His role was difficult, as pleasing elected officials, while sticking up for what is right and not losing your soul in the process, is not easy.

And, in the small world category, we soon discovered that his loving partner was the mom of one of my best childhood friends.

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

May he rest in peace.

Norma Middleton

November 28, 2020

Felix was a good man with a good heart. He will be missed.

Jeff Jensen

November 28, 2020

Kind, competent and ever a gentleman. Those are my memories of dealing with Felix during his professional career. Like many, I was most fortunate to have known him. Peace and comfort to his family and loved ones.