Dr. Percy German Kalt, 74, passed away on Sept. 29, 2005, in St. George, Utah, with his wife and children at his side. He fought a courageous battle against cancer. He was born to Fred W. Kalt and Augusta C. Schillinger on Jan 28, 1931, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Percy was one of Utah's most accomplished violinists, who developed a love for classical music early in life. At the tender age of 4, he picked up his violin and under the careful guidance of his father (a member of the Utah Symphony Orchestra), began his music studies. He earned B.S. and M.A. degrees in music from the University of Utah, and a Doctorate of Music at the University of Michigan. During his career, Dr. Kalt served on many faculties including Brigham Young University and the University of Michigan. He leaves an extensive resume of professional undertakings including professor, soloist, concertmaster, conductor, clinician, lecturer, teacher, mentor, and benefactor, both nationally and internationally, including 22 years as primarius of the Deseret String Quartet. Throughout his life, he contributed countless hours of gratuitous public service and endeavored to raise the level of classical music appreciation. He touched the lives of many through his talents. However, a life rich in musical accomplishments was but a part of the whole man, for his greatest devotion was to his family, including his wife, Gudrun, of 50 years, seven children, and 22 grandchildren. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoyed the outdoors, traveling, gardening, sports, and serving others. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Gudrun, enjoyed serving a mission at the St. George Temple Visitor Center. He performed before princes and prophets, but will be most missed by those who knew him best, upon whom the pain of his passing is comforted by the knowledge of a joyous reunion with loved ones beyond the grave, including his parents and beloved son, David, who preceded him in death, and the assurance that all who loved him shall embrace him once again in time and eternity. He is survived by his wife, Gudrun Hanna Butz-Kalt; their six children, Thoma (Robert) Emmons, Michelle (Perry) Nielsen, Manuel (Stacy) Kalt, Tanya (Gene) Park, Christina (Darrell) Rich, Andreas (Lori) Kalt; 22 grandchildren; and brothers, Harry, Fred and Ronald Kalt. Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 3, 2005, 10:00 a.m. at the Morningside Stake Center, 881 South River Road, St. George, Utah. Friends and family may call from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment: East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, 4800 North East Lawn Drive (650 East) in Provo, Ut.
Published in the Deseret News on 10/2/2005.