A celebration of his life will be held August 2 at the Four Seasons Resort, Aviara, in Carlsbad, Calif.
Raised in Big Bear, Calif., Powers began his career in television in 1951, working an usher at KNXT on the “Dinah Shore Show.” In 1956, while working in the cue card department on “The Bob Crosby Show” at CBS Television City, he was promoted to stage manager. He continued as stage manager for the next nine years, working on various programs and specials, including all of the “Playhouse 90” shows until he was promoted to associate director on the “Danny Kaye Show” in 1965.
In 1968, after 17 years at CBS, he left and became the director of “The Carol Burnett Show.” Powers was nominated for 11 directing Emmys and won four times in 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1978.
In addition to directing “The Carol Burnett Show” for 10 years, he also directed on “Three’s Company” for six years and “Mama’s Family” for four years. He was a member of the Director’s Guild for more than 50 years.
After retiring, Powers worked on restoring antique wooden boats and served as president of Antique and Classic Boat Society.
He is survived by his wife Georgette, a daughter, two sons, a stepdaughter, a sister, a brother, a half-sister and three grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the CATS Performing Arts Theater, P.O. Box 400, Big Bear, Calif. 92314.