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Obituary: WAHLQUIST, CARL

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 30 2014 7:17 a.m. MDT

Carl Wahlquist1927 ~ 2012A talented and kindly man, Carl Dorius Wahlquist (84) passed away on March 8, 2012. He was born June 14, 1927 in Salt Lake City to Grace Dorius Wahlquist and John T. Wahlquist. He graduated from East High School, where he earned four athletic letters and was an all-State football player. In 1944 he enlisted in the Coast Guard (at age 17), and ended his service in 1946 as a radio-school instructor. After the war he fulfilled a three-year LDS mission to Finland. Carl earned a BS from the University of Utah where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, as well as a BA in Architecture and a Master of Education degree from the University of Southern California (USC). He established and built his own architectural firm in Los Angeles, where he designed and created working drawings for hundreds of structures including commercial buildings; LDS Institutes of Religion, Seminaries, stake centers, and ward buildings; resort facilities; shopping centers and supermarkets; housing tracts; private residences (including some for Hollywood celebrities); and over 40 Embassy Suites Hotels. Carl achieved a national reputation for his pioneering work in hotel atrium design. He held membership in the American Institute of Architects, and, at various times, Rotary International, the Los Angeles Swedish Club, and the Magic Castle. He was active in the LDS church, where he often taught Gospel Doctrine lessons, and served twice as High Priest Group Leader. He enjoyed temple attendance.In 1964 Carl married Jeniveve Jacobs in the Salt Lake Temple, and during 30 years together they lived in the Los Angeles area, Salt Lake City, Tempe, AZ, and Mission Viejo in Orange County (the couple later divorced but remained friends). He was the beloved father of Michael J. Wahlquist (Jill plus Jacob, Lucas, Leah), Rebecca J.Wahlquist, Matthew J. Wahlquist (Amber plus Vivia, Violet), Mark J. Wahlquist, and James J.Wahlquist (Gwen plus Odessa, Aerowyn). He was predeceased by his parents and by his older brother, Don.Carl was admired for his buoyant optimism, his generosity, his determination, and his artistic nature, revealed in casual sketches as well as an enjoyment of photography and classical art/sculpture. Favorite pastimes included playing golf, locating and dining in fine restaurants (especially if they served burnt-almond fudge ice cream), watching movies in theaters and national football games on TV, playing Hearts with the family, setting off fireworks, and going to Disneyland or Knotts Berry Farm or Magic Mountain or the zoo, or to the canyons for target practice. His enjoyment of life was contagious, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. A viewing will be held at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 S. 900 E., SLC, on Friday, March 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with memorial service at Telford Way Chapel, 1834 E. Creek Road, Sandy, on Saturday, March 17, at noon. Online condolences at www.starksfuneral.com, where video tribute will be forthcoming.