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Jeffrey Donelson Manookin

Nov 24, 1953 Jul 10, 2021

Jeffrey Donelson Manookin (also known as Jeff Manookian), age 67, passed away July 10, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah from the rapid and devastating effects of a recently diagnosed lymphoma. Jeff was born November 24, 1953 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the second child of Stuart and Shirley Manookin. He attended Salt Lake City public schools and graduated from Highland High School in 1972. He served a LDS mission to Argentina and earned degrees in music from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. In his youth, he was best known for being a piano prodigy and began early accumulating many impressive awards and accomplishments. As a youth, he appeared on stage with Liberace and was a guest on early television programs including the Mike Douglas Show, the Joe Franklin Show, and the Ted Mack Amateur Hour. His accomplishments as a performer, conductor, composer, and music academic are almost too numerous to list. He performed on national television in the Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia and appeared as a soloist with orchestras across the globe. He was a prolific composer. His works have been performed in many countries, garnering numerous awards and accolades. He has been the music director of the Theatre Orchestra of Tucumán (Argentina), the Intermountain Classical Orchestra (Salt Lake City), University of Utah Summer Arts Orchestra, Westminster Chamber Orchestra (Salt Lake City), artistic director of the Oratorio Society of Utah, and the Utah Youth Symphony. He was a music critic for the Salt Lake Tribune. At the time of his death, he was on staff at the Utah Conservatory in Park City. Jeff will be remembered as someone with a unique life outlook and quick, dry sense of humor, but mostly as one who was singularly focused on his music. Included in his final words was the desire that the totality of his music catalog be placed in the public domain for all to enjoy. He is survived by his spouse Angel Perez Carranza; his siblings John (Kim) Manookin, Scott (Jean) Manookin, and Wendy (Bob) Elkington; nephews and extended family. At Jeff’s request, there will be no memorial service.

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