Harrison Thomas Groutage

1925 ~ 2013
Harrison Thomas Groutage, 87, of Logan, died Feb. 5, 2013 at Legacy House of Logan.
He was born April 25, 1925 in Richmond, Utah, the fifth child of Joseph William and Estelle Thomas Groutage. His parents and siblings preceded him in death.
Grout grew up in Cache Valley and attended Logan City schools. He married Iva Lou Pilkington June 16, 1943 in the Logan LDS Temple and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps soon after. He flew B-25s and was awaiting overseas orders when World War II ended. He returned to Utah to begin his professional art career with a love of skies and weather gleaned from his training as a pilot. His fascination with weather translated to his painting all his life.
Grout studied art at Utah State University, Weber State College and graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA degree. He earned an MFA from the University of Utah and did post-graduate work at the University of Iowa. He joined Utah State University's Department of Art in 1955 and was chair for seven of the 34 years he taught in Logan. He was the first to insist life drawing courses at USU employ nude models for students to study and also was instrumental in establishing an elaborate printmaking lab.
Grout influenced hundreds of students, many of whom were in contact with him until his death.
Perhaps best known for dramatic landscapes in watercolor, oil and acrylic, Grout's work is included in collections at the National Academy of Design in New York City, The World Book Encyclopedia, National Watercolor Society, Paramount Pictures, the Pasadena Art Museum, Springville Museum of Art and numerous other institutions and private collections around the world. His work also includes numerous institutional portraits. Grout was named Utah Artist of the Year in 1998. In 2009, the Utah State University Alumni Association honored him with a Professional Achievement Award and in 2011 he was honored by the Utah Governor's Mansion Foundation.
Grout found beauty everywhere and frequently held painting classes outdoors. He traveled with students to paint in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and along the Monterey Bay Peninsula every June for 30 years.
In a 1991 interview he said: "The existence of sky, water and land forms, as they defy the elements and man, move me to expression of ideas in my work. Frequently, I study the same features which inspired our early painters; proving that in spite of the damage inflicted by man (often greater than that caused by all the relentless forces of nature), many of them have remained alive and well."
For years, Grout maintained studios in both northern and southern Utah so he could capture the landscape he loved.
He is survived by his wife Iva Lou Groutage, Logan; three children: Farol Ann (Eric) Nelson, Richmond, Utah; James Harrison Groutage, Pocatello, Idaho and Hilary Groutage (Rick Weible) of Ona, W. Va.; eight step-grandchildren and six grandchildren: Paul Thomas (Christina Austin) Nelson; Mary (Jackson) Evans; Annelise Nelson; Emily Ann (Joshua) Camacho; Ian (Stephanie) Israelsen, Jenilyn (Joe) Needham and five great grandsons: Christian Joseph Needham, Gavin Orlando Camacho, William Frederick Needham, Owen Gregory Camacho and Harrison Calder Needham.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Harrison and Iva Lou Groutage scholarship for art students at Utah State University, Office of University Advancement at 1490 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah, 84322-1490.
A memorial service is set for Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Logan 8th Ward LDS Chapel, 325 Lauralin Drive. Family will receive guests at 12:30 p.m.
Email condolences to www.gilliesfuneralchapel.com

Published in Deseret News on Feb. 8, 2013