In Memory

Rick Lamoreaux

Rick Lamoreaux

     East High Leopards
Class of 1965

Warwick "Rick" Crawford Lamoreaux 1947 ~ 2010 Warwick "Rick" Crawford Lamoreaux, Jr. passed away February 5, 2010. Rick was born May 19, 1947 to Warwick Lamoreaux and Lota Paxman Lamoreaux. He was a talented musician and an artistic, creative, intelligent, loving man. For several years he played flute, saxophone, and vibraphone in local Salt Lake City music groups. After receiving a B.S. from the University of Utah and an M.S. from Stanford University, he moved to Denver, CO. There he formed a company, Urban Environments, developing numerous beautification projects, including parks, bridges and bike/walking paths, along the Platte River. He returned to Utah and married Karen Elskamp. Together they developed a successful computer data recovery business called DataSavers. He is survived by his wife Karen, son Christopher, and two sisters, Camille and Toni. Memorial services will be held at St. Ambrose Church on Monday, February 15th at 4 p.m. He will be sadly missed by his friends and family. 

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01/09/15 09:08 PM #1    

Carol Hall (Bartholomew)

Rick was such an amazing scholar and musician!  I remember that during our practices or performances in Madrigals,  he had perfect pitch, and when we needed to find our beginning note, we never needed a piano or a pitch pipe,because because Rick could automatically give us an "A" on the scale!  What a talented person, and always a gentleman. We miss you, Rick!

01/10/15 08:02 AM #2    

Jill Wonnacott (Dunford)

I didn't know that Rick had passed away.  As Carol commented, he was an amazing musician and just a sweet guy...  

01/14/15 11:00 PM #3    

Doug Richards

This was a total surprise. I too remember him always giving us an "a."  He was in the orchestra as well. Not just a great musician but a really nice guy.  My memory we had a madrigal party in his backyard. Beautiful home on 13th east and the gully.  Love to read more about Rick.

03/05/15 04:36 PM #4    

Joan Knudsen (Connolly)

I was in orchestra with Rick--I had not heard he had passed away....I am so sorry to hear that.  He was always very nice and kind to everyone!  This is the sad part of getting on our many have pased on....


03/06/15 08:36 AM #5    

Steve Smith

Yes, I too remember Rick: I was very jealous of him because he did something I couldn't do; Orchestra, Acapella Choir, Madrigals, and got good grades to boot. I was lookiing forward to seeing him in August, RIP my friend.

03/15/15 01:36 PM #6    

Edward Hunter

Rick Lamoreaux was perhaps my best friend at Roosevelt Jr. High, and we stayed close at East and until I left on my mission to Italy in late August of 1966.  I loved being in his home and enjoying the "gully" that had been built into such a beautiful and refreshing garden, flagstone barbecue pit and sitting areas, and screened-in summer house (where we had many sleepovers).  I understood that LDS Church President George Albert Smith had lived in Rick's home for many years (or vice versa) and had built the summer house (or perhaps an earlier version), but I'm not sure who installed all the stonework, lighting and firepits, etc.  Rick and his equally talented older sister, Camille, hosted many parties there, including an Aida cast party from the U of U Summer Stock theater in 1965 or 66, as I recall, where Rick and I were chorus members-soldiers (with some landmark experiences, I could add).  In addition to his many musical and academic skills (Rick was ALWAYS a straight-A+ student), he was also a great chess player--so great, in fact, that he let me win on 1 or 2 occasions while preserving the illusion of serious competition . . . . smiley 

In the Fall after high school, Rick knocked my socks off by becoming a full-time ski patrol member at Alta--deep powder skiing was another of his loves and many talents--and he moved into a cabin-like rustic house at the base of Cottonwood Canyon (Big or Little?--I can't keep 'em straight after 49 years!).  It was a perfect "ski hut" in style and aromatic cedar construction.  It struck me as incongruous for such a brainy and talented fellow--but what did I know???  When I returned from Italy in April 1969, Rick was running his "green business" in Denver, long before the rest of the world had "turned on" to the "Green Movement."  I suppose this shows yet another side of Rick's extraordinary talents and vision.  Colorado also offered great skiing.  We lost touch when I moved to Washington, DC in August 1971, but I never forgot our friendship or his many kindnesses to me.  I'm sorry to learn that he has already passed on.

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