Aug. 31, 2013
Lowell Carroll Dayton (1946 – 2013) died peacefully at his home in Bow, Wash. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.
Born in Napa, Idaho, he graduated from DeSales High School in Walla Walla. He received his B.S. in business from Linfield College. He was a football linebacker at the Bremerton Community College and at Linfield College. After college he started his career with Travelers Insurance Company then went to work in warehouse management in the cold storage business with Terminal Ice and Cold Storage. His father, mother and brother David had long careers with Terminal Ice. In 1984 he started his own cold storage business, Terminal Freezers, Inc., with his brother David and Gale Bernik. Lowell served as the CEO and president. The company was sold in 2011 and Lowell served on the purchasing company’s board of directors.
He is a longtime member of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses. He was instrumental in the founding of Fresh Innovations, LLC a successful packaged apple slice business. For the past 25 years Lowell and Sandra divided their time between Bow, Wash., and Bermuda Dunes, Calif. He was a member of Bermuda Dunes Country Club, The Plantation Golf Club and Skagit Valley Golf and Country Club. Lowell, with Sandra, enjoyed many years and miles transporting their two young boys to basketball games and camps in Southern California. He was extremely proud of his youngest son’s basketball success as well as his oldest son’s management accomplishments in the family’s cold storage business.
The family traveled extensively together, most recently they spent a month in Ireland after attending a Notre Dame Navy football game in Dublin. Notre Dame along with the Washington State Cougars were his favorite schools. Whether you were a family member, a business colleague or a friend, you experienced Lowell’s initial shyness easing into a gentle, relaxed smile followed by a joke or story. Lowell’s many business accomplishments are overshadowed by his quiet, unassuming, gentle nature. He treated everyone equally and enjoyed his many friends. Lowell was a very caring and amazing husband. He will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra (Swanson); and his sons, Timothy, Spenser and Sean. Additionally, he is survived by mother-in-law, Earline Swanson; sisters-in-law, Carol (Dayton) Votendahl (Jerry), Shirline Swanson, Sharline Lundgren (Raymond), Susan Fredlund; numerous nieces and nephews, Jon Brashear (Megan), Justin Lundgren (Jodi), Michael Fredlund (Tara), Joshua Fredlund (Tracie) and Jessica Fredlund. Lowell was preceded in death by his daughter, Erin; mother, Alice; father, Arthur; brother, David; father-in-law, Philip Swanson; and brother-in law, Delbert Fredlund.
Lowell’s service will be held Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Burlington, Wash., followed by an Irish wake at 3:30 p.m. at the Dayton residence. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the following organizations: The Algers, WA Food Share Program, Operations Smile, or Bermuda Dunes Food Share Program. You may share your memories of Lowell and sign his online guest register at www.kernfuneralhome.com Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home.