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Lowell Eugene Andrews

November 26, 1934 ~ October 3, 2018 (age 83)

Father Lowell Eugene Andrews a Roman Catholic Priest under The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, journeyed to his home with God on October 3, 2018. He had retired as Pastor of Holy Nativity Church in March 2018 after 15 years of service. He continued to be a supply priest for both the Ordinariate and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson. Father Lowell was born in Creston, Iowa on 11-26-1934 and was raised in Pocatello, Idaho. He served 3 ½ -4 years in the Air Force which assigned him to Luke Air Force base. After honorable discharged, Fr. Lowell remained in Arizona for the next 52 years with the last 16 years in Payson. In 1961, Father Lowell founded and administrated St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy a boarding and day school for young men with academic and behavioral challenges. After 42 years, he retired to Payson and began his studies for the Anglican Catholic priesthood and was ordained in 2005. In 2006 he became Pastor at Holy Nativity in Payson. In 2012, when Pope Benedict invited Anglican Catholics to reunite with Rome under the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Father Lowell again studied and prepared for his re-ordination in December 2012 as a Roman Catholic priest under the Ordinariate. He relished servicing as a priest, both for his parishioners and for various public and patriotic events in Payson. Father Lowell served as chaplain to St. Vincent DePaul in Payson and interim Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus. Prior to his ordination as a Roman Catholic priest, he served as Grand Chaplain to many Arizona Grand Masters. Father Lowell was predeceased by his parents Lowell W. and Gladys (Wallace) Andrews, his sister, Jacque and bother, Paul. He is survived by is wife of 31 ½ years, Marilyn, his sister LeeAnn (Nate) Palagi  and 17 nieces and nephews. Father Lowell considers many of the young men from St. Paul’s academy as sons whom he was blessed to have served. He was very proud of the great number who became successful men, leaders spouses and fathers. Funeral Mass on Saturday, November 3 at 11am at Holy Nativity Catholic Church, 1414 N. Easy St., Payson, AZ 85541. In lieu of flowers, please send donations by check to Holy Nativity Catholic Church or to Payson St. Vincent De Paul, PO Box 1317, Payson, AZ 85547.

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