Malin A. Lowe Memorial Saturday in Igo

A memorial celebration will be held in Igo, CA. on Sat. Feb. 11, 2012 for Malin A. Lowe.

He passed away February 2, 2012 at his home in Igo, CA. He was 83 years old.

He was born in Los Angeles on May 30, 1928, to Malin Sr. and Thelma Lowe. He attended George Washington High School. After graduation he recognized a higher education was important to him and the goals he had for his future so he joined the Army in 1945. He served overseas during World War II. He was honored to serve and respected the financial opportunities it would afford him to achieve his goals of higher learning.

Upon leaving the Army he went on to graduate from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, and received his teaching credential. Malin had a wonderful life with his wife of nearly 59 years, Shirley E. Lowe. Together they loved to spend time together with family and friends. They spent many summers recreating on Whiskeytown Lake. Some of their fondest memories were created while waterskiing and sailing. They were fascinated with the great outdoors and all the exhilarating adventures it had to offer while out exploring it with one another.

Some of those adventurous memories were created while camping, hiking, snow shoeing, skiing and exploring. They traveled to such places as Hawaii, Europe, Michigan, Canada and Florida. While in Florida they were fortunate enough to get to learn about and swim with the dolphins.

Some of the hobbies and activities Malin enjoyed were wood-carving, reading, sailing, working on the ranch and teaching.

He was a member of the local Redding chapters of the Gideons and Masons. He taught for over 35 years, working at Enterprise High School, Shasta High School, Nova High School and Shasta College. Over the years he taught math, science, physics, first aid, astronomy, and about energy. He could also be found working with PG&E Latiez Camp, Carter House Science Museum, Schreder Planetarium, Ono Igo Community Church, and students of Igo Ono School, teaching them various academic and life skills.

In 1976 the family moved “over the hill” into their Igo home, which they had owned since 1970, after a 12-year battle with the Federal government. That losing battle resulted in the loss of their right to live in their home that was located on land now part of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

He loved to teach people of all ages in creative, unique and non-conventional ways. He did so in subjects that ranged from astronomy to simple knot-tying skills. After retirement in 1992, he spent a great deal of time at his home, The Rustic Redwood Ranch, with his wife Shirley, children, family, and numerous friends. He and his wife also enjoyed their orchard and the abundance of fruit it produced from year to year. His giving nature was extended through such activities like sharing the fruits of their labors and the beauty of their home and land with many folks over the years. All who knew him understood he had a passion for living, a desire to keep learning, and an irreplaceable knack for teaching to all he came in contact with.

He is survived by his wife Shirley Lowe, son Kent Lowe (Linda) of Bambridge Island, WA, daughters Jeanne Lowe of Fairfield, CA and Rita Miller (Janice Henley) of Igo,CA, grandchildren Levi Lowe, Jordan Lowe, Kinsey Lowe, Kyle Henley, and a host of extended family members and devoted friends.

He was preceded in death by his 5-year old son Brent Lowe, parents Malin Sr. and Thelma Lowe, and his sister Lorita Lowe-Chapman.

The memorial service to celebrate his amazing life will be held Sat. Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Igo Ono Elementary School.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to either the Ono Igo Community Church Children’s Outreach Ministry, 6287 Placer Road Igo, CA 96047, or to the Malin A. and Shirley E. Lowe Inquisitive Minds Scholarship, in care of North Valley Bank, 3315 Placer Street Redding, CA 96001 in his honor. All condolences may be extended to the family at P.O. Box 18, Igo, CA 96047.


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  1. Avatar Ed N. says:

    I had Malin at Nova for Physical Sciences, and when he learned of my love for amateur astronomy, he fostered that love with all the magazines he got on astronomy. Even the last time I saw him at the Schreder Planetarium, he remembered me and gave me some he had there! Of my time at Nova, the time I spent in his class I remember with the most fondness.