Henry Lee Bowling Seegmiller passed away at home on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
Lee was born on March 30, 1932 in Salt Lake City, UT, to Francis Marion Seegmiller and Virginia Estelle Orr.
Lee grew up in Bountiful, UT, and enjoyed playing tennis, learning the violin, building his own bow and arrow sets, and fishing. After Lee’s first year attending the University of Utah, he had a blind date with Nancy Lea Taylor, and romance blossomed. Nancy and Lee wrote letters for three years before being married in the Presbyterian Church in Mountain View, CA, on December 27, 1953. Lee graduated from the University of Utah with a mechanical engineering degree in 1955. Lee was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force and was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base.
In 1957, Lee began work at the Ames Research Center for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (which later became NASA), and they settled in California to raise their two sons. Lee designed and performed wind tunnel tests for aircraft and spacecraft, authoring dozens of papers and filing four patents. The family was sealed for eternity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Oakland California Temple in 1968. Lee retired from NASA in 1995, and Nancy and Lee moved to Meridian, ID, in 1996 to be near their children and grandchildren.
Lee was a devoted son, husband, father, and grandfather. He possessed a steady, loyal, and generous spirit.
He is survived by a son, David (Dixie) of Meridian, ID; a daughter-in-law, Heidi, of Boise, ID; twelve grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; son, Richard; sister, Gweneth; and parents, Francis and Virginia.
A viewing will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m., Friday, February 9, 2018, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse at 1950 S. Locust Grove Rd., Meridian, and funeral services under the direction of Relyea Funeral Chapel will follow at 11 a.m. Graveside services will immediately follow at Meridian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Hospital or a favorite charity.