Jan Dale Cowan died on July 3, 2019.
The funeral was held July 8 at the Baptist Church in Briggs. Burial was in Dillingham Cemetery. Sneed Funeral Chapel in Lampasas had charge of arrangements.
Jan and his twin sister, Mary Gail Cowan Leming, were born on July 5, 1936 in Lampasas County to George Dee and Pauline Vardiman Cowan. He grew up in and around the communities of Topsey, Evant, Killeen, Oakalla and Briggs.
On June 4, 1966 he married Linda Esther Hopkins. Four children were born to this union.
As a young man, Jan did farm and ranch work and construction. In 1976, he was hired by what would become the R&J Ranch in Briggs. He remained there even after the ranch was sold and became the G Bar M. Jan made many friends at the R&J and loved his work there.
For the past 20 years, Jan and his wife raised a large garden and sold at area farmers’ markets and at their stand, Cowans’ Market, on the loop in “downtown” Briggs.
Jan loved growing things, and he loved meeting people while selling at farmers’ markets and at their “veggie stand.” He enjoyed fishing whenever he could, and he collected rocks of various shapes. Jan was a skilled rock mason and completed his entire home with rock that he had collected.
Jan loved Jesus, and he loved people, his family and especially his grandchildren.
He had been a member of Briggs Baptist Church since March 1971. He was ordained as a deacon at Oakalla Baptist Church in February of 1964, and served as a deacon at Briggs Baptist Church from May 1971 until his death.
Jan was preceded in death by his brothers Tommy, Kendall, Gene, Noel and Paul Cowan.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda Cowan; four children, Clarissa “Lisa” Lynn Kepner and husband Ed of Briggs, Janna Kaye Styles and husband Dave of Hutto, Bradley Dale Cowan and wife Ann of Bertram, and Christopher Lindale Cowan of Briggs; his twin sister, Mary Gail Cowan Leming, and husband Sam of Buda; grandchildren Jordan Lopez, Joshua Teegardin, MaKayla Lopez, Matthew Kepner, Luke Kepner, Marah Lopez, Nash Cowan, Nate Cowan and Mylah Lopez; as well as a large extended family.
Donations may be made to the Briggs Baptist Church Benevolence Fund.