Denzil S. Owen Jr., 46, a manpower training specialist in the Department of Labor, died at Alexandria Hospital Friday of Kidney failure.

Mr. Owen was born in Washington but spent most of his life in Alexandria. He graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology from the Richmond Professional Institute, then affiliated with the College of William and Mary, in 1958.

He was an official in the work-release program of the D.C. Department of Corrections, an employe of the Virginia Employment Service and a parole officer in Alexandria before beginning his career with the federal government. In 1966, he was a consultant to the the President's Committee on Manpower and joined the Labor Department the following year. He was in the departments's reemployment training division at the time of his death.

Mr. Owen was a page in the U.S. Senate for two years in the early 1950s. He served in the Army during Koreanconflict. In 1973, he received a fellowship to study public management at Cornell University.

Survivors include his wife, Judith A., and son, Christopher, both of the home in Alexandria; his mother, Mary Z. Owen, also of Alexandria; and a brother, Edward W., of Costa Rica.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the formof contributions to the National Kidney Foundation.