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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

In Loving Memory of Carol

Dear Readers,

Carol Dean passed from this life into the next this morning. In 2013 Carol said, "I know there are pipe organs in heaven, because I wouldn't be happy there if there weren't."

Play on, dear friend!

Funeral services will be held this Friday, June 8th at the Pioneer 2nd Ward Chapel, 1220 W. 450 N. Provo, UT, with the viewing at 9:30 a.m. and Funeral Service at 11:00.

If you'd like to share your memories of Carol here, I will pass them on to her family.

Edited to add the obituary:

Obituary for Carol Deanne Peine Dean

Carol Deanne Peine Dean, 70, of Provo, Utah, passed away from ovarian cancer June 5. Born November 4, 1947, in Durango, LaPlata County, Colorado, she was the daughter of M. Milton Peine and Mildred Dean Peine. Growing up in a farm town with five brothers Carol learned how to work hard. Carol loved riding horses and even just being around them.

Carol attended schools in Redmesa, CO, Durango, CO, and Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. At BYU in 1970, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree as an Executive Assistant major in the Business Department. In 1998, she received a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Pedagogy. Carol taught organ workshops and group and private organ lessons in Utah Valley for thirty years. Carol was a lifelong devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She fulfilled many callings in the church her favorite being the organist for the Pioneer 2nd ward. Carol was a very talented organist. She played for numerous recitals and musical events for many years. Carol had a very special place in her heart for her organ students and peers.

Carol married Dana D. Dean on November 21, 1970, in the Manti LDS Temple in Manti, UT. They had many adventures together traveling for Dana’s career. They were blessed with eight children. Carol is preceded in death by her sweetheart, Dana; her oldest daughter, Randilyn “Randi”; and two brothers Dean Peine of Weiser, ID and Robert Peine of Pleasant Grove, UT. Carol is survived by her son Dallin (Robyn) of Sandy, UT; son Rhett (Lisa) of Lehi, UT; daughter Danae’ of Snoqualmie, WA; son Robert of Draper, UT; daughter McKenna of Provo, UT; daughter Menolli (Brian) Quick of Saratoga Springs, UT; son Jonathon (Taylor) of Las Vegas, NV; and her Indian-placement daughter Tina (Cornell) Benally of Mesa, AZ. She is also survived by her 19 grandchildren.

Carol’s surviving siblings are Russell (Connie) Peine of Leeds, UT; Craig Peine of Prairieville, LA; and Kirk (Sharon) Peine, of Redmesa, CO. and her two sisters-in law, (Marlene Peine) of Weiser, ID and (Melanie Peine) of Pleasant Grove.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Provo Central Stake Center, 450 North 1220 West, Provo, Utah. Friends may call from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery.


  1. I was Carols neighbor for a few years back from 2004 to 2010. She was a kind neighbor. She encouraged me to join the choir and under her guidance I was able to feel confident in what my voice had to offer to myself, my family and others. Under her influence I grew to love the organ and what it could do. I am now currently learning and will always be grateful for her guidance.
    She was a determined soul who knew what she want, and pushed others to achieve her high expectations for them.
    She loved the hymns and taught me to look at them as poetry. Songs were not monotone, all to be sung with the same approach. They were to be studied, loved and understood. They were living breathing testimonies of the Savior and his Church and she made them alive for other.
    I will never see a pipe organ and not think of her.
    My love goes out to her family.

  2. Carol was my organ teacher from 2007-2017 when I moved out of state. Over those years she become a friend and I will miss her dearly. She had such a love for the organ and was so patient with beginners! There were a few times she would bump my hand out of the way to show me how a passage was played, but she instilled a love of the organ so much that I am currently working on an organ degree with Carol as my inspiration. I still hear her voice in my head as I play the hymns: “down off!” and “Lead with your knee!”
    Above her love for the organ was her love of the gospel and of Jesus Christ. We shared special moments and tears over testimonies born vocally and musically. I know she is having many grand reunions with the many family and friends who have passed on. She will always hold a special place in my heart.

    Thank you for posting this. I have been corresponding sporadically with Carol over the last year and always worried when she would pass and I wouldn’t know.

  3. I never met Carol in person, but I contacted her in January when I was called to play the organ in my ward. I felt overwhelmed and inadequate to serve as the organist and (after reading about her on this blog) reached out to her, hoping she could help. Carol kindly answered my questions, shared helpful advice and handouts with me, and offered words of encouragement. I was so thankful that she would take the time to help me, a complete stranger.

    I ordered a copy of her hymnal and think of her with gratitude each week as she helps me prepare the hymns for sacrament meeting. Carol has been a great blessing to me as I've studied her markings and followed her counsel. She was incredibly generous in sharing what she had learned. I am saddened to hear of her passing, but will be eternally grateful for her gentle push in the right direction.

  4. I came in contact with Carol by email( and just from a few correspondence I knew she was a wonderful person) to order her her hymnal for the organ. It has been a life saver for me. I am from Canada, and was called as stake organist. I have since hosted a BYU organ workshop where close to 100 people ordered her book. That was a labor of love and so needed. I sure hope that someone in her family will make it available. It would be such a waste if was not available to LDS organists