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Obituary: Ladd R. Cropper

Published: Friday, July 12 2002 12:15 p.m. MDT

Ladd R. Cropper, 87, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.

He was born May 6, 1915 in Hinckley, Millard County, Utah, the eighth child of Leigh Richmond and Lula Amanda Bishop Cropper, and the last one to be called home. Ladd married May Gardner from Delta, Utah in the Salt Lake Temple on March 24, 1939.

Mr. Cropper served a mission in the Northern States. He held several church positions, including high councilor in the Reno Stake and Deseret Stake, music director in several stakes and wards.

He graduated from Hinckley High School, where he sang the leads in the schools opera. Ladd earned his bachelor's degree in music, yet chose church history and religion as his major for his master's degree at BYU. He was principal of the seminary at Delta, Utah. In the 1950s, he was director of the Reno Institute of Religion serving the University of Nevada for nine years. Then for 16 years he was a religion instructor in Ogden as well as director of the music program at Ogden LDS Institute. The governor of Nevada invited his "Sierra Singers" male chorus to sing at the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle, and his male chorus at Weber State performed before the U.S. Senate for the 1976 bicentennial. The various choruses he directed provided music for nine LDS general conferences.

He was a sealer in the Ogden Temple for ten years. He taught in the seminaries and institutes for 41 years. They took chorus groups on 33 tours in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. They were recognized by Utah State legislators and Gov. Norman Bangerter for the service in church and civic activities. His hobbies included fishing, art, sports and music.

Over 20,000 men and women have participated in the singing groups and education classes of Ladd R. Cropper. His life has been one of service and compassion to his family, church, and community, with special dedication to thousands of students, but his most honored roles were those of husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Surviving are his wife May of Ogden; four daughters, Sylvia (Paul) Sorenson of Farmington, Utah; Maline (Mike) Crockett of St. George, Utah; Camille Wright of Logan, Utah; Colleen (Kelly) Hawkes of Honeyville, Utah; 19 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the Canyon View Second Ward Chapel in Ogden, Harrison Blvd. and 9th Street. Friends may call on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Myers Mortuary in Ogden, 845 Washington Blvd., and on Saturday 12:45-1:45 p.m. at the church. Interment, Myers Evergreen Memorial Park.

Send condolences to family at www.myers-mortuary.com

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