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LDS Composer Merrill Bradshaw Dies
(Merrill K. Bradshaw)
Salt Lake Tribune 16Jul00 A2

BOUNTIFUL, UTAH -- Merrill K. Bradshaw passed away Wednesday, July 12 at Lakeview Hospital, Bountiful, Utah. He is survived by his wife, Janet and their seven children. Merrill was born on June 18, 1929 in Lyman, Wyoming. He will be remembered for his long and distinguished career as Composer in Residence and as John R. Halliday Professor of Music at Brigham Young University, where he served on the faculty for 37 years before retiring in 1994. In spite of all of his musical accomplishments, he always counted his family as his most important success.

Merrill composed over two hundred musical works, ranging from simple piano pieces and songs to symphonies and concertos to oratorios and pageants. His best known work, The Restoration, has been performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as well as regional, national and international symphonies and choirs.

While at BYU Merrill garnered many teaching and research honors. He was among the first to receive the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creativity Award. He was the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer in 1981 and won a commission to do a choral-orchestral work, Christ Metaphors, for the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in Minneapolis. He chaired the Faculty General Education Council for two years and was twice honored by addressing the BYU Forum Assembly. He recently completed work on a book entitled, The Creative Mind.

During his retirement, Merrill was directly involved with the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition. He served as Executive Director until his death. He founded the Arts Council of Central Utah and assisted with the State Institute of the Arts.

He will be missed by his family for fond memories in his tomatoe garden, family camping trips, sourdough pancakes, chocolate sauce, crossword puzzles and a passion for knowledge in all areas. All seven children married in the LDS temple. He is the father of four Eagle Scouts, and six returned missionaries.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; seven children, Karen (Cory) Maxwell, Tracy (Scot) Johnson, Brian (Kristine) Bradshaw, Keith (Tracey) Bradshaw, Marie (Jeff) Durrant, Charles (Jennifer) Bradshaw, Daniel (Emily) Bradshaw; 26 grandchildren; mother; and sister, Shannon Holmgren. Preceded in death by his father; and his brother, Richard.


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