Howard Don Small


Small, Howard Don age 74, of Mpls., passed away peacefully July 13, 2007. Graduated from Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. Was Choirmaster/Organist at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral from 1972 – 1998. Survived by wife, Emma; and daughter, Margaret of Mpls. Memorial service 4 PM Thursday, August 9 at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St., Mpls., MN 55403. Memorials preferred to St. Mark's or Joyce United Methodist Church, 1219 W. 31st St., Mpls., MN 55408. Cremation Society Edina Chapel 952-924-4100
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.

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Dear, Dear Emma - How sad we were to hear of Don's passing. What a lovely, dignified and graceful man and what a legacy of wonderful music. We were blessed to know you both during our years in the Twin Cities. We treasure those memories.
Peace be with you and Margaret.

I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I took lessons with Don at St. Paul's Cathedral in San Diego. He was an inspiration to me. I was sorry to lose him as a teacher when he left for the Midwest.

Don was a great musician. I met him at La Jolla Presbyterian Church where he was the Organist/Director in 1964. My first employer, Justin Kramer was making additions to the organ. It was a privilege to work with Don and hear him play the organ. He will be missed.

The Leo Sowerby Foundation wishes to join with his many friends and admirers in giving thanks for the life of the great artist Howard Don Small. We appreciate especially his many wonderful performances of the music of Leo Sowerby, going back to his days at the Eastman School. To his family and the community of the Cathedral we extend our deepest sympathy.

Dear Emma,
Although I never knew Don, I always knew that Selma had a favorite son in music. I was one of Kay Haley's best friends for 30 years, and I find their almost simultaneous passing uncanny. Kay loved and admired Don so much, and there was no one who knew her well who did not also know about him. What glorious sounds are now in Heaven...they'd have it no other way. God's peace and strength to you.

I was told about Don Small passing away by my father, Jim Perrin. I have many fond memories of listening to Don play the organ after the church service was over. I loved the way the music echoed around the church and Don played so well. It was at Saint Marks that I grew to have a great appreciation for classical music. Thank you Don!

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your daughter Margaret. May God bless you during this time and grant you his peace and healing. Don's playing will be truly missed as all of us at Joyce UMC were touched by his playing.

Dear Don Small was such a rich fruitful fun part of my time at St. Mark's. I have wonderful memories of the choir & the Avery choir and the choir camps---dearest Emma this is the toughest time of all for you---but I also remember Bali-Hai!! Much Love, Nancy