If you've ever seen a house built for Habitat For Humanity in Pinellas County, odds are that Dan Stowers helped build it.
Stowers has been lending a hand to the organization for the past 21 years, ever since retiring full time from his work as a civil engineer.
His reasons are quite simple. “It’s the joy of seeing someone receive a house or earn a house," he said. “Just to see the emotion and the pride that the people take in receiving a house.”
Anyone who knows Stowers shares pretty much the same opinion as Ron Spoor, Interim CEO of Habitat Pinellas.
“The attitude with which he approaches life, his humility, his dedication, sincerity, sense of humor, we just love Dan,” Spoor said.
Recently, Stowers was honored with the Clive Rainey Lifetime Achievement Award, Habitat’s most prestigious award.
“No I don’t feel like a hero," he said. "You know, I don’t really feel like I’m doing anything special. I’m just doing what I enjoy.”
Stowers, 74, says he is not against full-time retirement and adds he plans to do so when he turns 95.
A man of many accomplishments, Stowers says one of his biggest is his 52-year marriage to his bride, Carolyn.
“Well, the man should always have the last words and they should be ‘yes dear,’“ he said.
If you're handy and want to help Habitat for Humanity, they are always looking for volunteers.
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