Durk Reuben Lowe was born April 18, 1953 in Preston, Id to Connel Durrant and Dessie Anona
Workman Lowe. He was the third of 5 boys, Robert “Bob”, Jay, Cody, and Randy. Durk grew up
as an independent young man. He joined the US Air Force in 1971 and was stationed at Grand
Forks North Dakota Air Force base. He married Carla Sue Hamp on November 13, 1971 in
Soda springs, Id. They have 3 children, Michael, Carlina, and William “Billy”. Durk and Carla
were sealed for all time and eternity in the Idaho Falls temple in 2005.
Durk went to work for Simplot in Soda Spring, Id in 1976 where his main duty was heavy
equipment operator. In 1981 he became an Emergency Medical technician (EMT) where he
served the community for 2 years. When Simplot built the Smoky Canyon mine he moved his
family to Afton Wyoming in 1983. During this time Durk still worked as an EMT for Lincoln
county and was a huge advocate for implementing the Simplot emergency Rescue Volunteers
(SERV) for the Smoky Canyon Mine. In 2002-2003 he received the distinguished “EMT of the
year” award. Durk was dedicated to serving and helping those around him and was a first
responding angel for many fellow workers and neighbors helping save countless lives.
In 2004 Durk, Jay, Cody, and Randy were reunited with their long lost brother, Robert Clisby.
Robert had been given up for adoption before any of them were born and they had spent time
looking for him, knowing he was out there somewhere. This reunion was a miracle and an
answer to many of the family's prayers.
In 2005 Durk retired as an EMT after 21 years of selfless service. In January 2011 Durk retired
from his mining career from Simplot after 38 years of hard work and dedication .
Durk loved the outdoors,and his favorite hobbies and pastimes include camping, hunting,
fishing, 4 wheeling, and being with family. All of his family's greatest memories are spending
time with him in the mountains doing all of his favorite things.
He is preceded in death by his parents Connel and Dessie Lowe; Brother Robert Clisby; son
William Ray Lowe; grandson Christopher Durk Lowe; and great grandson Christian Kristopher
He is survived by his wife Carla Lowe; children Michael and Trina Lowe; Carlina and Patrick
Corun; grandchildren Kayla Lowe, Kelsie Lowe, Dustin Corun, Erin Corun; great grandchildren
Braxton Bookout, Osiris Bookout; and brothers Jay Lowe, Cody Lowe, Randy Lowe and wife