Advanced into the Dartmouth Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 737 on 21st November 1968.

Worshipful Master in 1973.

Appointed Provincial Grand Junior Warden in 1976, appointed Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary in 1979.

Appointed Past Grand Standard Bearer in 1982 and Provincial Grand Secretary in 1984.

In 1986 he was promoted to Past Grand Junior Overseer, Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 1993 and Deputy Provincial Grand Master in 1996.

On W Bro D I J Owen’s promotion to Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 1993, his successor to Provincial Grand Secretary was W Bro K Keast, he too was a member of Dartmouth Lodge of MMM’s. Advanced on 20th May 1976, he became Worshipful Master on 21st April 1983, appointed to Provincial Grand Inner Guard in 1986, Past Provincial Grand Registrar in 1987, Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary in 1990 and Provincial Grand Secretary in 1993, a position he was holding when the Province celebrated its 150th Anniversary, by which time he had become a V W Brother.

R W Brother D I J Owen became Provincial Grand Master in September 2000, he appointed W Bro J E P Eaton, Past Master of Perseverance Mark Lodge No. 822 as Deputy Provincial Grand Master and W Bro D R Lee, Past Master of Lewis Mark Lodge No. 1284, as Assistant Provincial Grand Master.

Sadly the Provincial Grand Master was taken ill during the latter years of his tenure and was thus unable to fulfil the duties of his high office in a manner that he would have wished. The duties were shared by the Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters.

On the 26th September 2000, three days after the Provincial Meeting, the North Devon Union Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 540, meeting in Ilfracombe, celebrated their Centenary in great style.

On 30th July 2006, Devon Lodge No. 215, completed one hundred and twenty five years of continuous working.

On 19th November 2006, Amity Lodge No. 849, completed seventy five years of continuous working.

At the Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting, the Provincial Wardens of 2001-2006, presented the Province with a framed Tracing Board, the Provincial Grand Master thanked W Bro S E Ward and W Bro G R Gooding most sincerely; he also expressed his heartfelt thanks to W Bro P Martin, one of the retiring Senior Deacons, for getting made and inscribed an axe for use at Provincial Meetings.