OBITUARY

Alan Leif Lund

August 20, 1938March 19, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Alan Leif Lund announces his passing after a sudden and brief illness on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the age of 81 years. Alan will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 45 years, Ellen, and his daughters Jana Jo Uhlendorf and Gina (Carl) Gentile. He will also be remembered by his sister Lois Hagen, sisters-in-law Norma Dermond and Kathy Moellenberndt, brother-in-law Jim (Cheryl) Dawson, and 19 nieces and nephews.

He was born to Leif and Janet (Jacobsen) Lund in Milwaukee, WI on August 20, 1938 and spent his youth in the greater Milwaukee area until his parents moved the family to Bellevue, WA in 1952. Alan graduated from Bellevue High School in 1956. He enrolled in the music program at the University of Washington and graduated with a Bachelors’ in Music Education, followed later by a Master’s in Music Theory. Following a brief stint in the Air Force Band at Lackland AFB he returned to the Seattle area where he took up his career in music, first in the Bellevue School District and later in the Highline School District. Additionally, he served as the director of the Boeing Chorale, the Cascadian Chorale, the Seattle Opera chorus, and in 1966, he became the first Music Director of the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society, where he served for 35 years. His work as a Peace Corps volunteer took him to Addis Ababa to work with the Orchestra Ethiopia in 1970. A few years later he became the Music Director of Sound Expression Theater in Edmonds, WA where he met the love of his life, Ellen. They married on Valentine’s Day in 1975.

In 1982 he met the other Love of his life, Jesus. From the day he invited Christ into his heart, he took every opportunity he had to revere Christ as Lord and to be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asked him to give the reason for the hope he had…with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15). He served his family, friends, church, and even strangers with love and compassion, always striving to love the Lord his God with all his heart, soul, and mind and to love his neighbor as himself (Mark 12:30-31). Alan was a gifted teacher who loved his students and was devoted to teaching them the joy of making beautiful music. He is best remembered for his warm smile and laugh, his humor (he was the consummate pun master), and his profound love for all of God’s children. The sorrow felt for losing him on this earth will only be matched by the joyful reunion we will one day share with him in heaven.

A celebration of Alan’s life will be held when we can once again gather together to remember our dear friend, precious husband, loving brother, and wonderful father. Memorial donations in memory of Alan may be made to Westgate Chapel (westgatechapel.com) or Grace and Favor Ministries (graceandfavor.org).

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Catie Wilson

April 2, 2020

I had the joy and privilege of singing the entire canon of Gilbert & Sullivan shows under Alan’s baton. In my 50+ years of choral singing, I have never known a better director or one whose standards I strove so hard to meet. His standards were impossibly high, and yet he was somehow, impossibly, able to get his singers to achieve them.

One distinct memory is of a small moment during chorus auditions. After we had finished the individual solo portion of the audition, Alan put us in quartets to check ensemble quality – blend, intonation, accuracy, etc. Some quartets sounded pretty good, others not. Alan was kind to everyone, but you could tell he was working, expression serious, head cocked a bit as he listened, willing each quartet to produce the sound he wanted but not quite getting it. Finally, it was my quartet’s turn. And as we sang, his chin slowly lifted, head dropped back, eyes half closed, and he smiled. We had met his standards. The relaxed, contented expression on his face at that moment was one of the most genuine compliments I’ve ever received.

I am so grateful for the many years of joyful song with Alan. He was a gift to all who knew him.

Caroline McNeel

April 2, 2020

Dear Ellen,
Gina is my dear colleague. She asked if I'd share this song link I received out of the blue from my friend Michael, in Charlotte, NC, the same evening I learned the sad news of Alan's passing. I hope it brings you and your family some comfort in your grief. I am praying for your healing and for Jana Jo's protection. And, for all your family to find solace and peace in the days ahead. With deepest sympathy, Caroline
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William Darkow

March 31, 2020

I am utterly and completely gutted. The man who wielded the baton for the most formative years of my performing life, taken far too soon. Maestro, thank you for the gift of music to me and countless others, and Ellen, may his music and memory live on now and always, as it does in my heart...

Rick Hodsdon

March 31, 2020

Dear Ellen, learning of Alan’s passing was a terrible shock to me. Please accept my heart-felt sympathy and concern for you.

We have many great memories of you and Alan. I first came under his spell in 1974, when singing in the chorus of the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society. I was tremendously impressed by his insistence on diction to let the audience catch “every. single. syllable.” even if they were seated at the back of the cavernous old Seattle Center Playhouse.

Working under Alan was like taking a master class in choral singing; it was always a treat to be part of an Alan Lund led chorus, and the training I received was valuable whether I performed as a chorister, soloist or speaker.

Over a period of more than 40 years, Alan served as my Music Director, then teacher, ever-supportive mentor and finally, a friend with whom I shared some wonderful music together.

Alan, my friend, when I get up there where you’ve gone, I expect to find you leading the Heavenly Chorus, correcting their intonation and perfecting their timing and diction. I hope you won’t get too exasperated when they fidget with their haloes and forget to keep their eyes on you and not their music: remember, even angels were human, once.

And, please, save a spot for me in the tenor section, okay?

Rick

Ruben Van Kempen

March 27, 2020

I fondly remember Alan Lund from my audition and performance in Carousel with Sound Expression Theatre in 1973 or 1974. After sitting around for two hours, at my callback, he finally turned to me and in the kindest way asked why I was sitting around. Embarrassed, I replied that I was waiting to sing. His face lit up with an amazing smile, putting me at ease, and he said.... you don't need to sing, you have the role. His gracious manner continued during the performances as I was sick and cracked on my high A during a solo. From the orchestra pit, he looked up at me, gave a smile and a nod of support. He was an incredible musician and knew how to get the best out of all of us. I was happy to know him later in life along with the joyful and smiling Ellen. The last time I saw him was at a concert about a year ago, still full of energy and that wonderful warm heart and smile. Alan, I know that you are singing and conducting an incredible choir in Heaven. Thank you for sharing your gift with so many of us here in the greater Seattle area Alan. My deep condolences to you Ellen - may our God allow you to rest knowing that Alan is with Him. Hugs to you Ellen!
Fondly,
Ruben Van Kempen & Myrnie as well.

Robert Wray Jr

March 26, 2020

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Lund. He was a terrific teacher - I was in his men's choir, concert choir and jazz choir (New Madrigal Singers) at Highline High School between 1975 to 1978. I always remember those as the best times and most fulfilling times learning about music and singing. Looking back now all these years later, I know he was ahead of his time. He could really bring a group together. Thank you Mr. Lund and I hope you are singing with the angels in heaven. Please save a seat in the bass section for me. Sincerely, Bob Wray, Highline High School Class of 1978.

Carol Howard

March 24, 2020

My husband Lynn Howard first met Alan in the late 60's in the Highline School District, Lynn was @ Glacier High School and Alan was at one of the other high schools. Together they did amazing things with students in the district.

Years later we met Alan at Westgate Chapel. Unfortunately, Lynn passed away January 27, 2020. One never knows when our time is up but these two men gave their ultimate to others.
My husband thought so highly of Alan not only as a teacher but as a Godly man.
My loving regards to you Ellen as you go through this difficult time in your life.

Sincerely,

Carol Howard

Chris Shasky,Bacigalupi

March 24, 2020

I will always be grateful for six wonderful years, of beautiful music. From junior high to high school, Mr. Lund made me appreciate all forms of music. Rest In Peace Mr. Lund.

Jurgen Stephan

March 24, 2020

My deepest condolences, Ellen!

I fondly remember the time at ECC choir and Alan’s skill and mastery leading our voices and instruments to near perfection! I always felt so fulfilled when we rehearsed and performed together and gave worship to our God! Great memories. I’m sure Alan is already conducting the voices of Angels.....rest in peace.

Jurgen Stephan,
Louisville, KY

Sue Linville (Thompson)

March 23, 2020

Dear Ellen,
So shocked and saddened to hear about Alan. My heart is aching for you. I only met Alan once or twice, but through the years I heard such nice things about him and was happy you found each other. Please know you're in my thoughts.
Sue Linville (Thompson)

FROM THE FAMILY