Roy W. Fowler Jr.

Roy W. Fowler Jr. died of a heart attack at Folsom, CA, on 29 April 2017, He was 82 years old.


Shortly after accepting his appointment to the Naval Academy with the Class of 1956, he was notified that he had been accepted to Stanford University. With great consideration and thought, he decided to leave Annapolis and pursue a civil engineering degree at Stanford. His heart and soul was always with the Academy and he was active with the USNA Alumni Association until his death.


Upon graduation from Stanford, earning both a BS and MS in civil engineering, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force, graduating as a distinguished military cadet in the AFROTC program. He was assigned to the 6143rd Air Base Group, 5th Air Force, Itazuki Air Base in Japan as the base civil engineer. Upon release from active duty, Roy joined the Air Force Reserves and was honorably discharged in June 1971 at the rank of captain,


He worked as project engineer for a Southern California construction company until 1961. He then joined Granite Construction Company in Watsonville, CA, and subsequently was promoted to office engineer manager and became a Registered Civil Engineer in California. He later formed his own engineering and surveying company in Red Bluff, CA, until 1967. Later, he joined Wilsey and Ham Engineering Corporation as their vice president and was involved in developing the North Star Ski resort in Tahoe, CA, and the Great America Theme Park in Santa Clara, CA.


Subsequently, under the G.!. Bill, Roy began the studying of law and passed the California State Bar in February 1978. He was active in the Sacramento County community, serving as both commissioner and chairman of the board of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency until 2012, Roy was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity (Stanford, CA) and BPOE (Elks Club) in Sacramento.


Roy is survived his wife of 23 years, Marianne P. Fowler; son, Eric R. Fowler; daughter, Robin Lee Marsden; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.