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Benjamin Bingham Lowry

September 13, 1977 — October 24, 2022

Benjamin Bingham Lowry

September 13, 1977 — October 24, 2022

Ben, 45, passed away on Monday, October 24, 2022, surrounded by family and close friends. He is survived by Amber, their four children Jacob, Ella, Ivy, and Porter, and Ben's parents, Raymond and Marilyn Lowry.

He was a husband, father, son, brother, friend, police chief, ecclesiastical leader — and a hero to all who knew him.

Ben was born, along with his twin brother Sam, on September 13, 1977 in Los Angeles, California to Raymond and Marilyn. Raised in San Gabriel, California, Ben attended Wilson Elementary, Jefferson Jr. High and San Gabriel High School, graduating in 1995. An athlete, he lettered in football and swimming. Warm hearted and kind, Ben established childhood friendships that remain to this day.

Ben had an unwavering testimony of Jesus Christ. In 1996, Ben was called to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the England, Leeds Mission. While serving the people of northern England, Ben's incredible leadership abilities and love for The Savior grew. He was extremely successful at helping other missionaries achieve their full potential through his dedication and mentorship.

After working various jobs and attending college, Ben was inspired by his close friends Matt Ruzgerian and Aram Choe to begin a career in law enforcement. After starting as an officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (2000), Ben laterality transferred to the El Monte Police Department (2002). He remained in El Monte for the duration of his 22-year career. Ben served in a variety of assignments, including Field Services Division, where he served as a Training Officer, Agent, Traffic Safety Bureau, Sergeant, Community Relations Office, School Resource Officer Program, Detective Lieutenant, Gang and Narcotics Unit, SWAT, Parking Enforcement, Records Bureau, Volunteer Programs, Community Events, Captain, and Interim Chief. His final role was Chief of Police, to which he was appointed on June 23, 2022. Ben was honored to serve the community of El Monte and work with the team of devoted officers in the department. He recruited a large number of officers who are still officers for the El Monte Police Department.

While working full time, being a husband, father and serving in various volunteer leadership roles in his church, Ben obtained: two associates degrees from Rio Hondo College, a B.S. from Union Institute and University, and a M.S. from Woodbury University. Ben also graduated from the prestigious California P.O.S.T. Command College program, a 14-month program designed to prepare law enforcement leaders of today for the challenges of the future.

A determined man of honor, gentle yet strong, Ben was always caring of each individual. He was passionate in his pursuit of whatever is right for God, family, community, and nation. His goal in life was to be the best he could possibly be. He served many -- as Chief Lowry in the field, Brother Lowry in church and Dad at home. He changed hearts and minds and was always available to listen respectfully and consider the opinions of others. Many call Ben a friend because of his great counsel.

Ben had a great sense of humor. He loved to laugh and saw the lighthearted side of life in contrast to the weightier matters that confronted him each day in law enforcement.

During his lifetime Ben served continually in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in various volunteer positions. Most recently he was serving as a counselor in the Bishopric in the Glendora California 5th Ward. His testimony and commitment to Christ were his anchor in all of life's circumstances and carried him through his most recent health ailments. He would freely share his inspired thoughts and read voraciously from the scriptures and other sources of revealed truths.

The first love of Ben's life is his wife Amber, to whom he married for time and all eternity on November 26th, 2005 in the Latter-day Saint temple in San Diego. His love for Amber was only rivaled by the love he had for his four children: Jacob, Ella, Ivy, and Porter. He switched from officer to Dad when he got home from work and actively participated in their schooling, sports and extracurricular activities. Ben was grateful for an eternal marriage and his faith in Christ's plan that he will reunite with his family again.

Ben lost a valiant fight with cancer but kept his positive attitude to the end. He is survived by his wife Amber, children Jacob (19), Ella (14), Ivy (11), and Porter (7). Mother and Father Marilyn and Raymond Lowry, brothers Adam (Ali), Jacob (Wendy), Joe (Nikki), Noah (Katie), Sam (Christy), Father-in-Law and Mother-in-Law Dana and Darla Baltzer, Sister-In-Law Sage and Brother-In-Law Jer Jennings, as well as dozens of nieces and nephews, and other family and friends.

How grateful we are that this good man has moved into the loving arms of his Savior. His life was dedicated to being the Lord's servant. He leaves a legacy of a man who kept and honored his faith in our Lord and Savior, even through his most difficult times. He was a true leader to the very end of his life. May we follow his powerful, yet humble example.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to:

El Monte Police Officers Foundation
10643 Valley Blvd. C274
El Monte, CA 91731
TAX ID: 83-3794912

The family would also like to thank the many people who have already so generously donated in his name and honor.
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