Spencer Raef Rowley was born October 3, 1981 in Mesa, Arizona, attended Edgemont Elementary School in Provo, Utah, Farrer Middle School, Timpview High School and Utah Valley University.
He passed away suddenly in Lehi, Utah on 02/02/2022 from medical causes. He is survived by his parents Dr Steven and Claudia Hyatt Rowley, his siblings Steven Robert (Danyale) Rowley, Parker Rhett Rowley, Nicole Reesha (Matthew) Jenkins, four nieces and three nephews.
In middle school Raef sang in choir and played trombone in the band performing in the Provo Tabernacle and Abravanel Hall. He played football and excelled in science. In high school Raef won several local and state competitions for woodworking, building amazing furniture. He was a Phase counselor, acting as a mentor, helping others realize their self-worth, skills, and value. He was a crusader for helping the helpless and lifting up the downtrodden. He played lacrosse for Timpview and was a stalwart long stick defender. He loved scouting and reached its pinnacle by achieving his Eagle award. He especially loved camping with the scouts and with his family. He was skilled at jet skiing, four wheeling, horseback riding and swimming.
He was a hard worker and a valued employee from his first job making pizza to his present job working for Apple. He was employee of the month in every one of his different jobs and only missed 4 days of work in the last twenty years, until he got too sick from cancer to work and even then he put in a few hours at a time.
He was in the top 5% nationally on his SAT in both math and science and had an affinity for computers, building many of his own. He was a primary Beta tester for several computer programs and games.
All those who knew Raef were blessed by his pure heart, innocence, and total honesty. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his infectious laugh will be remembered by all that were lucky enough to hear it. He was without guile and loved others exactly like Christ teaches.
His memorial service will be scheduled in the future when health conditions permit.
In lieu of flowers please consider doing a kind deed or act of service while thinking of Raef, or donate to The Asperger/Autism Network. Please share a memory on Spencer’s Tribute wall.