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Clarence Rowse

January 1, 1945 — March 16, 2023

Dr. Clarence "Butch" Rowse, a loving father, devoted chiropractor, and spirited outdoors man, passed away peacefully in his home in Flora Vista, New Mexico on March 16, 2023, at the age of 78. Born on January 1, 1945, in Ralls, Texas, to Elmer and Lavern Rowse. Butch's adventurous spirit and zest for life left an indelible mark on everyone who knew him.


Raised in Prescot Arizona, and later Albuquerque New Mexico, Butch graduated from Highland High School in 1963. To save money for college, he worked at a sporting goods store while pursuing his passion for building and flying hang gliders off Sandia Crest. Butch attended New Mexico State University, where he joined the dive team and later continued his studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic. At Palmer, Butch excelled not only in academics but also as an All-American Rugby player. He graduated in 1969 with the determination to make a difference in people's lives.


Butch opened his first chiropractic practice in Albuquerque, where he worked from 1969 to 1977. He then sold his practice and went on the Bass Fishing Pro Circuit until 1983. He made history as the first New Mexican to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic. In 1977 he married Diane Oakley, and they welcomed twin sons Ryan and Jeremy in 1978. Seeking a nurturing environment for their family, they moved to Farmington, New Mexico.


In 1980, Dr. Rowse established the successful La Mesa Chiropractic clinic in Farmington. Dr. Rowse was deeply passionate about his career and devoted himself to helping countless patients throughout the years. As a dedicated father, he coached Little League and Connie Mack baseball, always present and supportive in his sons' lives. In 2010, Butch retired and proudly handed the reins of La Mesa Chiropractic to Ryan and Jeremy, who followed in their father's footsteps as chiropractors.


Butch was a role model and inspiration to many. A member of numerous civic and professional organizations, he was also an avid outdoors man who loved deer and elk hunting. For several decades, he guided hunters through the breathtaking wilderness of the Quinlan Ranch in Chama New Mexico. In his retirement, Butch could often be found exploring the mountains, fishing at Navajo Lake, or traveling to new destinations. His infectious laughter and larger-than-life personality lit up every room and brought joy to countless friends.


Dr. Clarence "Butch" Rowse is survived by his sons, Ryan and Jeremy; daughters-in-law, Lindsey and Jenilee Rowse; and his adored grandchildren, Gentry Rowse, Grayson Schnell, and Emmerson Schnell. Butch's vibrant spirit, warm heart, and unwavering dedication to his family, friends, and community will be forever cherished and deeply missed. A heartfelt memorial service to celebrate the life of Dr. Clarence "Butch" Rowse will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church on March 29th at 10:30 am.

Rest in peace, Butch. Your love, laughter, and boundless spirit will forever be etched in our hearts.

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