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Leo Arthur Dean

Leo Arthur Dean 1923 ~ 2004  Leo Arthur Dean, 80, died January 26, 2004 in Salt Lake City.Born November 9, 1923 in Evanston, Wyoming to William and Sadie Sharp Dean. He attended school in Hillyard and Evanston and graduated from Lyman High School in Lyman, Wyoming. He received a B.A. degree from B.Y.U. in music. He taught instrumental and choral music at Lyman, Wyoming; Salt Lake, Jordan and Davis School Districts, teaching most of his 40 year career at Hillcrest High School in Jordan District. During his career he taught over 14,000 students, and with his bands, orchestras and choirs presented many programs to various church and civic groups and appeared on radio and television. He adjudicated many music festivals and served as guest conductor at these festivals. He had a soft spot in his heart for Lyman, Wyoming and Midvale, Utah. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. On September 12, 1946 he married his eternal companion, Twila Mae Bond in the Salt Lake Temple. They met when they were both playing in the B.Y.U. Concert Band. They are the parents of four children, Glen (Alison), Lynette Baer (Ralph), Marlo (Marcee), and Shauna Butler (Van). Leo was active in the L.D.S. Church. He served as a teacher in various auxiliaries, Sunday School Superintendent, two Bishoprics, two High Councils, and Chairman of Choral Music on the General Music Committee for the L.D.S. Church. He sang in the Tabernacle Choir for 17 years and also appeared as a guest conductor for the Choir on its Sunday Broadcast. He was named "Teacher of the Year" in 1985 by the Utah Music Educators Association in recognition of his contributions to music education. He served as Vice-President of Choral Music for the UMEA and as Vice-President of Choral Music for the American Choral Directors Association. He received the Outstanding Retiree of the Year in 1986 by the UMEA, Midvale Hall of Honors 1986, and Outstanding Educator Award Junior Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, children, 17 grandchildren, and seven great- grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Gene, Glen, Claude and Don. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004 at 11 a.m. in the Garden Heights Ward, 2220 Fisher Lane (2935 So. 2300 E.), Salt Lake City. Viewings will be held Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 in the Garden Heights Ward from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Saturday. Interment Mountain View Memorial Estates, 3115 E. 7800 S. (Bengal Blvd.).
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30, 2004
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