In Memory

Farrell R. Hurst

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04/07/10 04:21 PM #1    

Mereth VanFrank (Huemer)

Farrell was a nice guy and a good violinist. We knew each other through some of the other musicians at East. He was friends with some really great people.
My main memory of him was from the morning after we finished our Junior Year. My mother came and woke me up to say that there was a message for me on the front porch. She said I should go out the back door and around to the front to get it.
Farrell and another guy (who shall remain nameless - unless he wishes to 'fess up), had TP-ed my house and put a huge banner - Pep Club style - across the whole front of my house. It said, "Here lives an EAST HIGH SENIOR WOMAN - '70." They had included a big plastic orange piggy bank with 'beauty queen' banner across it's chest and Tootsie Roll Pop in it's "hands." (I think I found the pig in a box in my parent's basement a few years ago.)
I know they must have waited until REALLY late to do it because I had stayed up watching the late, late movie on TV the night before and never heard a thing. It made me feel really great that my classmates knew how much I loved East High and they cared enough about me as a friend to do that. So, thanks to Farrell (and his cohort) for the friendship, and all the good memories. We'll miss you, but we'll see you on the flip side.

05/18/10 06:45 PM #2    

Mereth VanFrank (Huemer)

Farrell Rollins Hurst (1952-1986)

Farrell Rollins Hurst was born on September 23, 1952, in Delta, Millard County, Utah to Elden and Josephine Hurst. He attended East High in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in music education. He attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He was an accomplished violinist and organist.

Farrell willingly gave of his time and talents to serve in the community. He was skilled at home restoration and refurbishing, and he built and rebuilt musical instruments.

Farrell taught music privately and at East Community School. He served an LDS mission in Taiwan. He organized the Yale Ward Strings and was a member of the Bonneville Strings. At the time of his death he was serving as the Yale Ward priesthood and choir organist and as the Salt Lake Bonneville Stake organist.

Farrell committed suicide on January 9, 1986. He was 33 years old.

Farrell is buried at the Mountain Green Cemetery in Morgan County, Utah.

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