Malcolm Lathon Jernigan
July 30, 1937-February 23, 2021
CEDAR FALLS-Malcolm Lathon Jernigan, age 83, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, died on February 23, 2021, at the Deery Suites, Western Home Communities. His family members living in Cedar Falls were with him offering loving comfort through his time of passage.
Lathon was born in Goldthwaite, Texas, on July 30, 1937, the son of Malcolm and Letha (Burks) Jernigan. He married Linda Louise Dorough on July 24, 1965, at Marvin Methodist Church in Tyler, Texas.
Lathon earned his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees, both in Music Performance, in 1959 and 1961, respectively, from Southern Methodist University. In 1968 he was awarded The Most Outstanding Young Educator Award by the Classroom Teachers of Dallas and the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Dallas. He was employed by the Dallas Independent School System from 1961 to 1968. Among his duties was conducting the Bryan Adams High School Orchestra and the all-city youth orchestra. Lathon earned his Doctorate of Music degree from the University of Texas in Austin in 1971. Many summers of advanced studies with international artists were spent in Santa Barbara, California; Chicago, Illinois; New York; Hancock, Maine; and Salzburg, Austria.
Lathon came to the University of Northern Iowa in 1971 as Instructor of Music Theory, Aural Training, and Sight Singing. In 1974 his teaching duties were considerably expanded to other musical areas. His great joy in teaching at UNI was increased when he realized he was now teaching the children of former pupils. While at UNI, Lathon also conducted the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra for two seasons and the Wartburg Community Symphony Orchestra for four seasons. He served 14 years as principal keyboardist in the W/CFSO, two years as accompanist for the Metropolitan Chorale of Waterloo, and 40 years as organist at the United Church of Christ in Cedar Falls.
Lathon was a member of the Iowa Composers Forum, American Guild of Organists, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the wonderful staff at the Deery Suites for their professional and loving care of Lathon during the last two years.
Survivors include his wife Linda; two daughters Lisa Banks and Lesley Jernigan, and her partner Dave Hatcher; two grandsons, Donavon Banks and Sawyer Howe; one sister Janell Frazier; and one sister-in-law Paula Dorough Kahler. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Lathon was cremated. A memorial service will be held at the United Church of Christ, 9204 University Avenue, Cedar Falls, on Saturday, March 6, at 1:00 p.m. Social distancing and mask wearing will be required.
Condolences may be directed to the family at: richardsonfuneralservice.com or mailed c/o Richardson Funeral Service, 615 Main Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613.