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.).
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I found myself thinking about Mr. Dean today and how much he had affected my life, so I googled his name and found this page of memories. Mr. Dean was my mentor in so many ways. I learned music, yes, and I have kept that a part of my life and tried to be the kind of teacher that he was. I also learned about the worth of a soul (my soul and others), about honesty (when I tried to lie to him), about making mistakes (when he would make his first mistake - again), about prioritizing (this too shall pass!), about really feeling the Spirit of the Lord (He identified it for me and taught me that I should be feeling it every day!) and expressing the deepest feelings of my heart in song. I am sure that he is busy doing the Lord's work and I look forward one day to seeing him again. Thank you to his family for supporting him through the roller coaster of teaching High School - may the blessings that he shared with us come back to you for years still to come. I'm sure I speak for many of the graduating class of '77!
Suzanne Davis Liguori
June 30, 2018
Mr Dean or Brother Dean as we later called him, as Randy and I were in his ward in the Midvale 4th Ward from 1980-84, was one of the most wonderful teachers I had in high school, (class of 1971) He loved music and teaching it and he made the students love it too. And we never wanted to miss a class. I loved his classes so much that I took german from him as a senior.
Then, when Randy and I got married and moved into his ward I got to see how he truly loved the Lord and the saints. As he served them unconditionally. Through physical pain of arthritis, he never slowed down. He has always been an inspiration to me.
Our hearts go out to his family. May peace be with you Bro. Dean.
Randy and Cindy (Johnson) Bond
February 12, 2004
Mr.Dean was such a great man and an awesome teacher. I enjoyed every minute of the time I spent in his classes at Hillcrest. (1972-1974).
Diann Sharp-Steadman
February 9, 2004
With deepest sympathy in the passing of one terrific teacher. I never had the talent to sing well, but was never discouraged to stop. With fond memories.
Doris Vordos Cholas
JHS..Class of 62'
Doris (Vordos) Cholas
February 8, 2004
Hi Lynette, I thought I previously wrote in your Dad's guest book, but then my sister said she did not see my entry. So I'm not sure what happened to my first one. Anyway, I have always enjoyed your Father in Acappella. He use to embarrass me, but now I am happy he did. I listened to Mr. Dean and I can see how he made me a better singer. I truly respected that man!! I have often wondered how or what he was doing after his retirement. I hope things went well for him! I hope life has gone well for you. I hope to run into you someday, maybe at a class reunion if we ever have one. I wish your family peace and comfort in the next year. I lost my father in 98 and I sure missed him very much!! Take care and enjoy life while we are still here! I love life but soon old age will upon us. I'm actually looking forward to it too.
February 6, 2004
Mr. Dean's passing has brought back such a flood of fond memories of my association with him! His influence on my life goes beyond what I could ever express in words. His concern, kindness, patience and gentle encouragement will never be forgotten. (And neither will his teasing!) He is not only a wonderful musician, teacher and mentor, but is also one of the greatest people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Perhaps unlike some of his former students, I also had the added blessing of close association with others in the Dean family -- especially Twila and Shauna -- whose friendship and kindness were so influential throughout my growing-up years. To them, I particularly want to say thank you for allowing me into your lives and your home, and thank you for sharing Mr. Dean with me and so many others who were so richly blessed by our association with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort in the knowledge that he is at peace, no longer in pain, and that his influence lives on in ways beyond our comprehension, as you look forward to a joyous reunion with him someday.
Susan Parry
February 6, 2004
I was saddened to learn of Mr. Dean's passing. He was one of the good guys who will live on in the memories of thousands. It has been wonderful to read the guest book entries. The recollections from 5th grade flute lessons up to high school graduation have been flowing. Best wishes to his family.
Judith Buhler Meldrum
February 3, 2004
I first met my husband, John, in Mr. Dean's choir class (Jordan High, class of '61) It is a time in my life I remember with great fondness. Though I never became a "singer" as a result of his excellent tutoring, John did. His love for singing, and his beautiful voice had it's roots back at Jordan High, and Mr. Dean. I've thought of him often through the years. When we moved back to Utah from California in 1981, Mr. Dean taught our son, Charlie, at Hillcrest for a semister - only the subject was German - of all things. Lucky are the angles singing in Heaven's Choir with him now.
Lael Kunz Askew
February 3, 2004
Mr.Dean was more than a music teacher to me. He filled a void that I so needed at that time in my life. He gave me confidence to succeed and taught me that nothing came without lots of hard work. I always knew he loved and cared me as an individual. Because of his classic musical training and example to me I was able to find the courage to find a spot with the Tabernacle Choir. I have been with them for 14 years.
Thanks Mr. Dean
I love you
Glenna Roundy
Glenna Roundy
February 3, 2004
Mr. Dean...Your love of music and the great inspiration you gave to others will always be with me. I see you and others who have gone on before you (including my mother) singing in the heavenly choirs. What a joyful sound. You are loved and missed. Kathy (Jorgensen)Littlewood class of 1966
kathy littlewood(jorgensen)
February 3, 2004
I certainly appreciate the influence of Mr. Dean (and Br. Dean and his family) in my life. He took time to invite an awkward boy learning German to audition for the choir. All of my appreciation of music stems from those semesters in choir. I appreciate his kindness and expectations of excellence during those years (both in German and choir). I used German during my mission (and even now professionally to read scientific papers). I still participate in choirs and value well-prepared choral music.
I appreciate the openness of the Dean's home to me that I could drop by for occassional visits years later as I returned back to Midvale to see family and friends.
Kent Pearce
February 2, 2004
Dear Mr. Dean,
Remember the year the girls got to wear pants for the first time. Of course we couldn't wear levi's, even though a lot of us tried. I was one of many that didn't like dress slacks. My rebellion got me kicked out of school... but I wasn't going to miss "Mr. Dean's class". And when I showed up the next day (1st period class) you whispered in my ear that you weren't supposed to let me into class. Then you said, "I won't tell anyone." Later you drove me to my house for a pair of dress slacks and got me back in school. I'll never forget how much you cared about your students. I have driven past your former home in Midvale all the time and I could tell you didn't live there anymore. I wondered where you were and how you were doing. You were the best teacher anyone could ever have. I'll always cherish the memories I had in all the three years at Hillcrest I spent in your class. I'll never forget the year we took 1st place in competition singing that Latin song with 8 parts (class of '72). Boy... was that hard.... but we did it. And the year we sat on the first row at the Tabernacle for the Christmas program that was broadcast on TV when they turned on the Christmas lights. You earned that because you had number one choirs so often. You are a great inspiration to all. Your family must be very proud to have such a great man in their lives, one who was willing and took the time to care about so many people, including how much you cared for your students the way you did. "Peace Be With You" will never sound the same as it did in your class. (I still have the two albums we recorded too) No matter where and what choir I sing in, the conductor is just never the same. They may be good, but not the same. My sincere thoughts are with you and your family. Peace Be With You and Your Family.
Claudette Winegar
February 2, 2004
Twila, I just wanted to express my deepest sympathy to you. I don't know if you remember me but I am Barb Sharp's youngest daughter. Mr. Dean was such a great inspiration to all of us who attended Hillcrest and you always made me look pretty. Take care and God Bless you for all the kindness you used to show me when I was growing up.
Connie Call
February 2, 2004
I remember Mr. Dean for his love of music, and especially for the song "Crossing the Bar" which talks about death. He often teared up when we sang it, and I feel if anyone is ready for that adventure then he was. My heart goes out to his family (who I don't know) as they celebrate his life and mourn his passing.
Shawn Beus
February 2, 2004
Mr. Dean is one teacher at Hillcrest High that I remember, he made quite an impression in my life, I remember actually being excited to go to his class. I've enjoyed singing in many church choirs because of the things he taught me in class.
Mr. Dean, we will miss you!
Graduating class of 82
Angie Hansen
February 2, 2004
"Uncle Leo" was one of those very rare, very special teachers. He taught us all so much more than music. Mostly, he taught me that I could do much more than I ever thought I was capable of. He was strict and intimidating, while still being warm and caring. He had, and continues to have, great influence on my life. My husband (Jeff) and I both sang in Mr. Dean's choirs, and I wonder if we would ever have gotten to know each other and eventually married if not for that shared experience. I was fortunate enough to see Mr. Dean one day several years ago and stopped to tell him how much I appreciated all he did for us. I agree with the others who have said he's undoubtedly leading heavenly choirs now.
Marian (Stauffer) Fowden
February 1, 2004
Dear Leo A. Dean Family,
All Mr. Dean's students know what a great man and teacher he was. He had such a big influence in my life and in my sister's life. We both learned so much in his classes and we will miss him. Our thoughtrs and prayers are with you.
Karen Buhler Gurr
and Judith Buhler Meldrum
Karen Buhler Gurr
February 1, 2004
My heart is saddened to know that Mr. Dean is gone. Yet, I celebrate the wonderful life that he led, the thousands of students that he influenced and the magnificent mucic he created. I am grateful to have been among the many students whose life he touched. I still think of him often and am sure that I will continue to do so. I know that I am the most talented student that he had ever taught because that is what he stamped in my yearbook, every year! His humor and sincerity were always part of our daily lessons. Yes, Mr. Dean has left us, but his influence lives on in each of us, and in each of our children to whom we have passed on his lessons. His legacy will never end.
Katy (Urton) Maxwell
February 1, 2004
What fond memories I have of a man who so easily inspired teenagers!! We had much to live up to because he was someone who, each day, made his 'first mistake'...and he got away with saying that for YEARS. Our lives in Midvale were joyful and simple...full of fun with few worries. I will always be grateful for the classical music he brought to my life. Who would think anyone in this world could entice me to play a BASSOON!! May the wonderful memories you have of your life shared with this man stay close to you always. Shauna, I hope you have enjoyed your name as much as I have.
Shauna Seal Agnew
February 1, 2004
I have great memories of Hillcrest Highschool (1979-1983) in choir classes! Through Mr Deans positive and encouraging attitude he helped anyone feel like they could learn how to sing and he made singing fun! I certainly was never a soloist and was grateful for his teachings of how to listen and blend with a group. Later in my years I have had the opportunities to lead choirs at church and with no other musical training I relied greatly on all I ever knew about choirs from what I learned from Mr. Dean. I have been so thankful for my experiences with him and the opportunities to observe him as I had no real idea of the influence he really had on my life until these opportunities came to me and I realized I could never have had the confidence nor willingness to try had it not been for my 4 years of choir during Highschool with Mr Dean. I remember him often with great respect and I always remember too a special song that was song to him by some classmates at the end of one school year and everytime I still hear it I think of him, it was "The Leader of the Band" by Dan Folgerberg I believe... His songs and memories of him will always be in our souls! Thanks for all you did for so many, I wish I could have told you personally Mr. Dean yet somehow I believe you already know.
Sheryl Hansen-Groneman
February 1, 2004
Some of my very best memories of high school involved the musicals, choir performances and being in Mr. Dean's class each day. I think he was able to inspire each of his students to reach inside for something beautiful and to share with those around us. My thoughts and prayers are with his family for their loss.
Carlin (Stauffer) Tissaw
January 31, 2004
I am very sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Dean. To me Mr. Dean was not only a great teacher and strong influence in my life, he was a friend. I met Mr. Dean as a band student when I was in the 7th grade when Midvale Jr. High first opened in the mid 50's.I was with him all three years there and my junior year at Jordan High. I will always remember him as the true friend he was. May God bless you and keep you Mr Dean.
Lou Weichert
Jordan High Class of 61
Lou Weichert
January 30, 2004
I sang under Mr. Dean's direction from 1973-1974 at Hillcrest High School. He had a way of pulling the best out of everyone, that's for sure! Rest well, Mr. Dean.
DeAna Manns
January 30, 2004
Mr. Dean was my music teacher for several years and appreciated his great talent and service. He was a very nice man.
Stephen Reeder
January 30, 2004
I entered Hillcrest High School as a junior, having moved to Utah from Texas, and I didn't know anyone there until one of the girls I met in my Spanish class told me about the awesome choir teacher and talked me into taking choir. Mr. Dean welcomed me into the choir and the environment he created in his classroom was so friendly and attracted such wonderful students that I immediately made more friends than I could count. I grew to love choir music, having never sung in a choir before. He got me started on a path that has led to me being a choir and orchestra teacher myself and also being a new member of the Tabernacle Choir. Thanks for enriching my life, Mr. Dean. We will miss you.
Annalyn Beus
January 30, 2004
It is a wonderful feeling to hear the sweet words from the past students and friends of Grandpa Dean. I have been touched as well because I had the great blessing of taking his beatiful granddaughter to the temple. We will not be able to attend the funeral of this GREAT MAN, because we are expecting a future MUSIC MAN ourselves any day now. I will always be greatful for the musical talents he passed on to my lovely companion. Your quick smile and kind heart has been an influence on your family as well.

With Love,
Jeff & Rachelle Bailey
Jeff Bailey
January 30, 2004
The quality of Celestial Music just took a quantum leap forward with Leo's arrival. He was the epitome of a teacher, providing us much more than musical proficiency: His life lessons and example will endure long after the melodies have faded. Thanks for the patience, the humor, the demand of excellence, the sincere concern, the friendship, and the love of music. We will all miss you.
David Seal
January 30, 2004
Mr. Dean was a wonderful teacher and person. He gently pushed me to learn new things and to broaden my horizons in music. He showed a faith in my talent that at that young age, I was so unsure of. Being in his choir gave me the confidence to share my talent with others. Thank you Mr. Dean for your patience. "Peace be with You".
Julie Bell Davidse
January 30, 2004
Mr Dean taught more than just music, he taught life. I am proud to have been in his Choir (1971-1974). Reserve my place in your Heavenly Choir (but this time I no longer sing Tenor).
Larry Brand
January 30, 2004
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr.Dean. I was only in his choir one year before we were transfered to Brighton. I had never known a teacher like him in my life. I have never forgot how he gained the respect of an oversized mixed chorus and made us into a pretty decent choir. I can't think of anyone else I was so afraid of (being tardy) yet loved so much. Thanks for the lessons you taught us!
Jeri (Judy) Strong
January 30, 2004
I can't help but think of Mr. Dean whenever I see the movie, Mr. Holland's Opus. I think he has had that kind of impact on our lives. Thanks so much, Mr. Dean for all the wonderful memories.
David Stauffer
January 30, 2004
A flood of precious memories filled my soul when I learned of Brother Dean's passing. Next to my parents, Mr. Dean had the greatest influence upon my youthful and early adult life. Because he saw something in me that I could not, a chain of events and experiences occurred that has blessed my life ever since. I believe he is greatly responsible for my entering a profession that has brought me great happiness in performing music. He is truly one of the great, inspired teachers ever. God bless his memory.

Michael A. Beard
Michael Beard
January 30, 2004
I'm sad to hear Mr. Dean has left us, but happy to know he is at peace.
As one of Mr. Dean's many choir students at Hillcrest, I was profoundly influenced by his teachings. He made me feel as if I was the best singer and person in the world.
I truly loved this great man.
I'll miss you Mr. Dean.
Arlene vanderBeek-Lindsey
January 29, 2004
Dear Family,
I have fond memories of Mr. Dean since I was in 4th grade taking private clarinet lessons from him in his basement. He is one of my most favorite teachers. Whenever I passed his house, I wondered where he was at and hoped that he was doing great. I had hoped he still lived in Midvale, so I could drop in to see him, but everytime I went by the house, I knew he didn't live there anymore. I will always have fond memories of him at his home, Hillcrest High and when I saw him at the grocery store or other places. He was a truly great man and teacher.
Priscilla Jaramillo-Johnson
January 29, 2004
Mr. Dean was one of the formost influences in my life. He was a teacher, a mentor, and a friend. He taught me (and my wife, class of '79) much about music and life, and he was a profound influence on my education (pushing me to go as far as I could), my career, and my life. I consider it a privilege to teach at Hillcrest within the legacy that he created. His arrangement of Peace Be With You is our signature piece and will continue to be so as a tribute to him as long as I am teaching at Hillcrest. Thank you so much, Mr. Dean. Peace be with you and your family.
Brian Bentley
January 29, 2004
What a Great Man! Always a kind word and a quick smile! I don't know anyone that was not touched by his love for music and for each individual he taught. He taught with pure pasion and love. He will be missed, but his legacy will go on for gereations. I now know who is leading the choir in heaven! God Bless your family for sharing this Wounderful Man with all of us

Graduating Class of 82'
Dena Mitchell Palmer
January 29, 2004
If someone asked me who inspired me the most in life, I would have to say "Mr. Dean". Thank you for all you have done for everyone in this world!
Trisha Allen-Rasmason
January 29, 2004
Mr. Dean, what a great impact you had on my life. I will never forget you. See you on the other side! "THE MUSIC MAN QUARTETER, '74".
Jeff Porter
January 28, 2004
"Mr. Dean" has always been a memorable part of my life. He encouraged me to sing and to sing well. From Camelot in 1971 I have enjoyed singing and conducting. It has made an impact on our own family (Marba Hansen '72).
I wish the family peace during this time of loss.
'Arthur' Jay and Marba Porter
Jay Porter
January 28, 2004
Mr. Dean was a great part of my life and provided excellent instruction. Some of my choir experiences are some of the most moving of my life. I will always be grateful to Leo Dean for the part he played in my life.

Thanks Mr. Dean!!!!
Alma Hansen
January 28, 2004
In my 20 years of formal education, Leo Dean was, by far, my most influential teacher. I was one of his many choir students during my years at Hillcrest High, and took voice lessons from him at his home. Although music was his focus, he taught his students so much more about life, love and responsibility. On frequent occasion, he would pause during a class or a rehearsal and teach us something about life that always went straight to the heart. 20+ years later, I can still remember many of the five-minute sermons he gave us. I always knew that Mr. Dean had a strong testimony of the gospel, that he loved his students, and that he loved his chosen profession. I will miss him.
Greg Miles
January 28, 2004
Our memories will always be fond and plentiful. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Timothy Lewis
January 28, 2004
This world has lost one of its greatest individuals with the passing of Leo Dean. He was not only a great teacher, but also a great person who understood human nature and strove to make everyone better. It is impossible to calculate the total effect of his influence in my life. He is by far the greatest teacher I ever had. I am deeply saddened that his influence is no longer of this earth, but encouraged that he will be there to influence life from beyond the veil.

My sympathies and prayers are with the family during this time of sadness. May God bless all of you.

Bryce F. Barney
Bryce Barney
January 28, 2004
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