Ariel Smith Ballif, Jr., 67, died April 21, 1994 at his home in Salt Lake City.

He was born May 29, 1926 in Rexburg, Idaho, to Artemesia Romney and Ariel Smith Ballif. A 1948 graduate of Brigham Young University, he received an MFA from Yale University in 1952. Ariel achieved national prominence as a theatrical designer, director, producer and teacher. From 1966 through 1986, Ariel and his partners, Tom Carlin and Stu Falconer, operated Theatre 138 in Salt Lake City. At the time of his death, Ariel was an adjunct assistant professor of theatre at the University of Utah. He lived each day with unimaginable intensity, dedicated to beauty and to the pursuit of perfection.Ariel is survived by his father, of Provo; two sisters, Maralyn Lavenstein, of Chicago, Illinois; Bonnie Spanvill, of Provo; a brother, Jae R. Ballif, of Provo; 19 nieces and nephews; and his partner, Tom Carlin. He was preceded in death by his mother, his sister, Moana Bennett; and his partner, Stu Falconer.

Family and friends suggest contributions to the Ariel Ballif Scholarship Fund, in care of the University of Utah's Development Office.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 25, 1994, at Eastlawn Memorial Hills, 4800 North 650 East, in Provo.

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