Karl Alfred Quilter, lived life to the fullest and passed peacefully, November 27, 2013. Loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, bishop, sculptor, teacher, and notorious tease. Karl had an infectious delight for living. His enormous personality was too big to be housed in one body, and through his contagious laugh, and larger than life stories, it spilled over into the hearts of many.
Born to Alfred and Vera Hales Quilter on April 27, 1929, in Castle Gate, Utah, young Karl thrived. He moved to South Salt Lake at the age of eight, and later, he delighted his grandchildren with embellished stories of Henrieville and the "Old South Salt Lake Gang". Karl was called to serve in the Northern States Mission, where he sculpted his first noncommissioned sculpture of Angel Moroni. Post mission, he made the respectable decision to continue his education at the University of Utah, where he graduated in Art and Industrial Design. Karl was mentored by Avard Fairbanks, propelling him to his life long calling of sculpture.
At the romantic venue of U of U marching band practice, Karl was blessed to meet fellow french horn enthusiast Verna Frances Critchlow. Their eyes met, bells rang and they married March 14, 1952, in the Salt Lake Temple.
"Happy is the man that hath his quiver full". Karl and Verna faithfully raised eight children in the security of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and embraced each of their spouses as their own. They lovingly watched their posterity grow. His family never doubted his love and devotion to The Lord or to them.
A devoted seminary instructor and speaker, he loved the youth and was passionate about teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Known as the notorious "B.Q.", Karl shaped the lives of countless individuals.
Karl is the sculptor of many works throughout the world, but is most known for sculpting the Angel Moroni donning the spires of all but a few of the LDS temples. He served a mission sculpting a larger than life size nativity seen outside most LDS Temples at Christmas time, and enthusiastically served in the Salt Lake Temple for 11 years, nine of those with his "dear" wife.
Karl is survived by his wife, Verna of 61 years; and their children, Karl C. (Sherrie), Mark (Ilene), Lynn (Linda), Annette Paulsen (Stewart), Louise England (Gary), Eric (Jana), Elizabeth Finlinson (Doug), Paul (Jennifer); and adored by 43 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, with the count still on. He will also be missed by his wonderful siblings, Charles Quilter (Larue), Verla Hagen (Howard), Jo-Ann Callahan (Kent).
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m at Olympus 2nd Ward LDS Chapel, 3070 East Nila Way (4170 South), where friends may call December 3rd, 6:00-8:00 p.m. and December 4th, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Interment at Holladay Memorial Park.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LDS General Missionary Fund.
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