Lamar C. Eskelson, age 70, beloved husband, father, son, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away November 8, 1990 in Salt Lake City.
Born April 16, 1920 in Francis, Utah to George Alma and Wilma Christensen Eskelson. Married Velma Hansen September 22, 1957 in Elko Nevada. For more than 35 years Lamar taught music at his own studio, the Academy of Guitar and Voice, in South Salt Lake. He taught and was assistant manager at South-East School of Music. He taught classical guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, keyboard and other instruments as well as being a vocal instructor. He studied voice at the University of Chicago and Paris, France; taught voice and guitar at the Mozart School of Music, and toured throughtout Europe as a leading man in several operas. He was in the U.S. Air Army Corps providing music for military bases as a member of several dance bands. In June of this year he traveled and performed in the Scandinavian countries as a member of the American West Chorus and Symphony. He served on the board of the Utah Songwriter's Association, and was director of workshops for the past three years. He was a master at song writing and composing, and was an avid enthusiast of reading and writing poetry and lyrics. He was a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and served a mission for the LDS Church to the Northern States. Lamar's deep faith, love of life, love for family and friends and passion for music, will always be an inspiration to those who knew him. He was a vocational counselor and disability examiner for the State of Utah. He had a radio program on KUTA, Salt Lake City, Utah, a one-half hour program Sunday afternoons (the Golden Voice of Lamar Piano Styling of Irene).He touched my heart with the freshness of April rain
He gave me warm sunshine that lifted me up again
He reached out and treasured me like a valued work of art
He's the friend I needed, the one who touched my heart.
Those we love don't go away they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always there still loved, still missed, forever dear.
He is survived by his wife, Velma; his mother, Wilma; his five children, Evan, Linda, Chris, Laurel and Kim; 15 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; a brother, Allen C. Eskelson.
Funeral services Saturday, November 17, 1990 at 12 noon in the Southgate Ward Chapel, 2700 South Main Street. Friends may call at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Friday evening 6-8 p.m., and at the Ward on Saturday, one hour prior to the services. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens.
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