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Obituary: M Kay Pitcher

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M Kay Pitcher

1928 ~ 2008

Morgan Kay Pitcher passed away at home Friday, April 4, 2008 finding release after many years of poor health.Kay was born August 5, 1928 in Cardston, Alberta Canada to Morgan Hinman and Mary Favorite Grow Pitcher. He received his primary education in Calgary and Edmonton Canada, and came to BYU in 1947 to study Business and Music. Kay returned to Canada to work for the Dept. of Mines and Minerals in Edmonton. He served in the Southern California LDS Mission. Kay followed his dreams by opening his own restaurant, Hamburger Heaven, where he served the best hamburgers in town and wooed his sweetheart

Beryl. Kay married Beryl Elizabeth McGow on June 5, 1958 in the Cardston, Alberta Temple. Together, they returned to Provo in 1962 where Kay continued his education at BYU, graduating in 1964. Kay followed another dream by studying Interior Design at BYU, making it his life's profession. He loved his work and so did his many clients. Kay, an active member of the LDS Church, served in all its organizations. Among his most cherished callings were those serving with Bishop Joe Nelson of the Orem 15th Ward and as a counselor to John Harris in a Branch Presidency at the MTC. He also enjoyed teaching Sunday School as well the High Priest Group, where his lessons always kept the old guys awake. Music was an essential part of Kay's life. He started with the School Boys' Band in Edmonton and later played with Wes Barry's band at BYU. From this experience he went on to form his own orchestra. Nothing made Kay happier than playing his baritone sax, pounding out boogie woogie on the piano, listening to jazz records or going to see Artie Shaw and Stan Kenton at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City. He also enjoyed music in the Church as he led the ward choir or the congregational singing.

Together with Beryl, Kay realized his biggest dream in raising five beautiful children who brought much joy, laughter and happiness into his life. His greatest achievement was seeing his sons serve honorable missions and witnessing all five of his children marry in the temple. He will be sorely missed and we look forward to the day when we are together again.

Kay is survived by his sweetheart of 50 years, Beryl; children Boyd (Patti), Lisa Chaffin (Chris), Clark (Michelle), Emilee DeMille (Brent), and Adam (Cheri); 18 grandchildren; and brothers Grant (Myrna), and Max (Diana). Preceded in death by his parents.

The family expresses deep appreciation to Nic and Elsie of Harmony Hospice, Bob Chynoweth and Adam McCament and the many friends and neighbors who have shown such kindness during Kay's illness.

Special thanks to our good friend Stan Roberts.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the Cherry Hill LDS Stake Center, 1700 S. 400 E., Orem, Utah. Friends may call Monday, April 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary in Orem and Tuesday morning from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be in East Lawn Cemetery, Provo, Utah.