Pat G. Vowell
1941 — 2022
Pat G. Vowell, who died in Bozeman on October 7, 2022, was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1941, to Carlile and Esther Vowell. An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, Pat fell in love with the Rocky Mountains while attending gunsmithing school in Denver. He moved to Bozeman with his wife, Janie, and daughters, Amy and Sarah, in 1981. For 26 years, he was employed by Montana State University as the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology's experimental machinist. He taught lab classes in machine shop, welding and metallurgy, helped students build their senior design projects, constructed research equipment for students and faculty in various departments, worked on the supersonic...