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Don LaMar Busath


1931 - 2017 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Don LaMar Busath Obituary
1931 ~ 2017
Don Busath of Salt Lake City passed away on February 8, 2017. Don was born on February 4, 1931, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Maurine Helen Hanks and LaMar Paxman Busath.
He married Donna Richards in the Salt Lake Temple in 1951 and they raised five children in Salt Lake.
Don worked as a photographer from 1954. In 1973 Don and Donna opened Busath Photography and many of the family took turns working there. Son, Drake Busath and daughter, Deanne Parry became Masters in the photography trade.
Don was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings including Hillside Stake High Council and in the Salt Lake 21st Ward as Bishop.
Don and Donna served a mission in 2000-2002 in the California, Oakland mission.
Don played his trombone for 9 years in the 23rd Army band and worked as a trombonist in most of the ballroom, show and stage, venues in Salt Lake City.
Music and photography were his work and his passion throughout his life.
Don earned professional degrees as Craftsman and Master of Photography. He was a Fellow of the American Society of Photographers and of the British Institute of Photography.
Don pioneered the Salt Lake Honors in the Arts. His portraits grace the walls of Abravanel Hall and other institutions around Utah. He was inducted in the International Photography Hall of Fame in 1984 and published 3 books of his photographic images. He was a member of the Salt Lake Kiwanis Club since 1973 and was president from 1991 to 1992.
He is survived by his wife Donna Busath, his children: David (Angel) Busath, Deanne (Edwin) Parry, Drake (Elizabeth) Busath, Daniel (Karen) Busath and Dori Busath, 26 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren, his brothers and sisters.
He was a fun-loving, personable and caring artist with a great sense of humor. Laughingly he said, "Don's Gone!"
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Salt Lake 21st Ward, 668 Second Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends and family are welcome to a visitation on Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the same location.
In lieu of flowers SLCkiwanis.org for children of our community.
Published in Deseret News from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12, 2017
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