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Artist, educator, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather Floyd E. Breinholt, 81, passed away at home in Provo Jan. 29, 1997, as a result of cancer.

Floyd was born December 25, 1915, in Ephraim, Utah, to Wilford L. and Jenny Marie Breinholt. On June 12, 1939, he married Tess E. Tidwell in the Manti Temple. Tess preceded him in death in 1975. On Oct. 20, 1976, he married Claudia Young Duerden in the Provo Temple.He is survived by his wife Claudia, four children, and four step-children: Mark F. Breinholt (Susan), Karen Breinholt Morgan (Jerrold, Deceased), Mace T. Breinholt Rich (Craig), Lesa Tess Breinholt Udall (Steven), Gregory C. Duerden (Katherine Jo, deceased), David S. Duerden (Donna), Richard Y. Duerden (Cheryl), and Scott B. Duerden. He is also survived by two brothers and one sister: Harden W. Breinholt, Vance L. Breinholt, and Mabel Cunningham; 37 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was educated at Snow College, where he served as student body president, and graduated from Brigham Young University in 1937. He continued his art studies at the Art Center School in Los Angeles and the Art Students League in New York, and received and M.Ed from BYU in 1953. He taught at Manti Junior High School, Farrer Junior High School in Provo, and Provo High School. He served as principal of Joaquin Elementary and Central Junior High in Provo. He joined the faculty of Brigham Young University as professor of art, where he taught for 21 years, including a term as department chair. Upon retiring in 1981, he moved on to another phase of his active art-centered career. He continued to paint and teach, conducting several week-long workshops, and for many years remained a popular BYU Education Week instructor. Always active in the art and education communities, he served as president of the Utah Art Educators Assn., the Provo Education Assn., and the Provo Art Board, and in numerous state and national educational organizations.

An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as bishop, bishops councilor, stake high councilor, and teacher. He divided his studio time between his Oak Hills studio in Provo, and his Sandscape Studio in Kayenta near St. George. His art has been exhibited in 33 one-man shows and can be seen in museums, schools, churches, public buildings and numerous private collections throughout the world.

Floyd's modest, quiet demeanor, his love of light, and his gratitude for all creation are left as legacy in his art and in the lives of many.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 1, at 1:00 p.m. at the Oak Hills 6th Ward Chapel, 2000 N. 1500 E., Provo. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary, 185 E. Center St., Provo, on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday at the Oak Hills Chapel from 11:30 to 12:45.

Interment, East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery.

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