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Governor O’Malley Honors Clarence Bowen for his Dedication to the State

Governor O'Malley presents Bowen with a Governor's Citation

Governor O’Malley presents Bowen with a Governor’s Citation

28-year Assateague State Park employee has not missed a day of work 

Governor Martin O’Malley honored Clarence Bowen for his 28 years of continuous service to Assateague State Park and the people of Maryland at a celebration at the park last month. Bowen is 70 years old and has never missed a day of work.

“On behalf of Maryland I want to thank Clarence for his unwavering dedication ─ even in trying times ─ to Assateague State Park and those who enjoy it,” Said Governor O’Malley. “He is a true inspiration.”

Bowen leads a crew of 10 workers who maintain the bathhouses at the park, keeping them clean, stocked and ready for guests. He works seasonally at the State Park, including weekends, from April through October. Two years ago, Bowen was diagnosed with prostate cancer and continued to work through the treatments.

“Clarence would arrive early to work and get started, leave for an hour for treatment and then return to finish his workday at the park,” said Allen Jones, the park’s maintenance chief.

At the ceremony, Governor O’Malley presented Bowen with a Governor’s Citation. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill, Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina, Assateague State Park staff, and Bowen’s friends and family took part in the celebration.

“His dedication to the park and its patrons is incredible ─ he’s incredible,” said Settina.