He was raised in the Uintah basin where he graduated from Roosevelt High School 1944. He joined the navy and served in bringing the troops home from the Pacific. He graduated from Brigham Young University in accounting. He earned his CPA and went into private practice He moved to Orem where his eight children were born. Lawerence Howard, Karen (Galen Chatterton), Coleen (Jay Tobler), Kenneth John (Joyce), Ronald James (Kellee), Stanley Joesph (Shirley), Michael Jay (Diana), Elizabeth (Kurt Wilson). He worked for Deseret Federal Savings and Loan as the comptroller. He transferred to Salt Lake City. In February of 1972, Howard and his siblings purchased Bumbleberry Inn, and he moved his family to Springdale.
He served his community as Springdale mayor where he was instrumental in bringing the O.C. Tanner amphitheater, the Springdale medical clinic, the pressurized irrigation system, fire hydrants and the sewer system to Springdale. He also served as a county commissioner. He served on the Washington County library board and the Dixie Regional Hospital governing board.
He was an active member of the LDS church serving in a bishopric, Sunday school president, stake auditor, temple worker and gospel doctrine teacher. He and Wilda served a mission together to Spain.
He is preceded in death by his wife Wilda, his son Larry, his daughter Elizabeth, grandson Jamin and and grand daughter Deonne, his brothers Rowe and Carl and sisters Barbara and Deon. He has 32 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and one surviving sister Alma (Smith) Young.
Funeral services will be Monday August 19 at 11 am at the Springdale Ward chapel. A viewing will be held Sunday August 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and prior to the funeral beginning at 9:30 am. Both viewings in Springdale.
The family expresses their appreciation to Dr. Steven Chase and hospice Annette Kleinman and Kris Delarra.