Lenn Shumway - From Harmony Lane
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Lenn Shumway symphony directorLenn Minnerly Shumway was born September 19, 1924 in Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona. My parents were Charles 'L' Shumway and Julia Myrtle Jennings I grew up on a farm witnessing the transition from horse drawn machinery to tractors. I attended Taylor Elementary School, Snowflake High School and graduated from B.Y.U, later receiving a Masters Degree there. I filled a two year mission in the South West Indian mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My wife Carmen and I have also served missions in Oregon and Nauvoo Illinois. In 1967 I was ordained a Stake Patriarch in the L.D.S. church.

On August 26, 1957 I married Carmen Pratt in the Salt Lake Temple. We have six living children: Gayle married to Jim Bryce, Lee married to Becky Crockett, Elaine married to Tim Brantley, Brenda married to Mark Lyman, Kendall married to Tiffany Larson and Sandra married to Doug Greer. We have 29 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. We reside on Harmony Lane in Taylor, Arizona

Family photoI spent 36 years as a music teacher in Thatcher and Snowflake, Arizona and in Apia, Western Samoa. I taught vocal and instrumental music. A highlight of my teaching career was a three year term at the Church College of Western Samoa from June 1967 to June 1970. This was a leisurely life in a South Pacific paradise. The people are loving and musically talented. It was in Samoa that I was called as a Patriarch by Thomas S. Monson.

My community service has mainly been in music. I have conducted the Jennings band for a unique 4th of July Celebration in Taylor for the past 50 years. I also conducted the Silver Creek Community Symphony.

Mississippi MoodI served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Nineteen months of this were spent on a cargo ship in the Pacific Theatre. I visited many of the Pacific Islands. I was with the invasion armada in the Philippines, Okinawa and also the occupation of Japan. Favorite memories include childhood days in Taylor, peaceful and unhurried life in Samoa and the wonderful years with Carmen and our children.

As I have traveled in many parts of the world I have marveled at the great beauty of God's creations. Heavenly Father is a great landscape architect. Visits to Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, China , Japan, Korea and the South Pacific have all made lasting impressions. My life now is busy with arranging music, community service, reading and gardening. What a blessing to be on the Earth at this time and to have been touched by music.

 

 


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