Melvin Truman Bowler was born March 13, 1922 in St. George, Utah to Francis J. and Annie P. Holt Bowler, the 11th of 12 children. Raised in Gunlock, he helped his father and brothers with cattle and farm work. He attended elementary schools in Gunlock, and then Dixie High School, Dixie College and Brigham Young University before serving three years in the Armed Services during World War II. He married Laura Lylie on June 18, 1945 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. They are the parents of Melvin T (Kip), Jr., Lucinda, Edward, Laurie, and Phoebe Lee.
He served in many leadership positions in the LDS Church. He was involved in the livestock business in the Gunlock area and on the Arizona Strip.
Bowler served on the Washington County Board of Commissioners, the Washington County Planning Board, the Five-County Organizations (now the Five County Assoc. of Governments). He served as president of the Utah Assoc. of Counties. He was a member of the Dixie College Institutional Council and served for many years as a member of the St. George Rotary Club. For 40 years he announced at the Gunlock, Enterprise and other Washington County rodeos. Bowler helped organize Dixie State Bank in 1970, and served as chairman of the Board of Directors from 1977 until the merger with First Security Bank in 1993, and remained affiliated with First Security until the time of his death in 1995.
Bowler and his wife Laura resided in Gunlock the last two years of his life.