Teacher and choir director Lloyd Walworth, who brought music to The Dalles for more than four decades, died at home December 7, 2018. Mr. Walworth, 72, had battled brain cancer for several months.
He taught music— mostly choir, but also band— at The Dalles middle school and high school for 40 years. In 1979, he founded the Cascade Singers community choir, and under his leadership, the choir performed locally but also did a number of tours abroad, performing across Europe and in Scandinavia.
Mr. Walworth was the longtime choir director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and for 35 years the soloist at The Dalles Christian Science Church.
During a rich and joyful life, he inspired, mentored, and shared his passion and love for music with thousands of students and adults.
After he retired, he established the Walworth Music Foundation, which provides students in the Mid-Columbia scholarships for music lessons.
His memorial service will be Saturday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. at The Dalles High School auditorium, with the Rev. Marilyn Roth and the Rev. Roy Walworth officiating. A reception will follow at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Lloyd Bruce Walworth was born in Bremerton, Washington on March 30, 1946 to Chancellor and Frieda Walworth. He grew up on the family farm in Silverdale, Wash., the fourth of five brothers. He excelled in music in high school, singing in the choir and playing the baritone horn. He attended Olympic College and graduated from Western Washington State College with a degree in music education, later earning a master’s degree at Portland State University.
His first three years out of college he taught in Cle Elum, Wash. The majority of his career was spent in The Dalles.
Mr. Walworth is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diane Crosetti Walworth; daughters Jennifer Walworth and her husband, Mark Kayll; Heidi Walworth-Horn and her husband Joseph Horn; grandchildren Jack Horn, Anna Horn, Samuel Kayll and Leah Walworth; his brothers, Roy, of Evanston, Wyo.; Rupert of Silverdale, Wash.; David, of Kelso, and Leonard, of New York, N.Y.
Survivors also include Dennis Catmull and Brian Kemp, who he called his “non-biological sons,” as well as his devoted cat, Henry.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by Alex Maney, who was his Little Brother through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
During his days on earth Mr. Walworth loved, and celebrated, life. In addition to music, he enjoyed travel, gardening and hiking, climbing Mount Adams a dozen times. He delighted in sharing everyday life experiences with people near and far.
Beginning in 1993, he attended the World Symposium on Choral Music in Canada, Australia, Denmark, Argentina and Spain. The event is an international arts festival held every three years, where 24 of the world’s top choirs perform.
“As a lasting legacy to Lloyd,” the family suggests memorial donations to the Walworth Music Foundation, 308 E. Tenth, The Dalles, Ore. 97058.
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