Lynn Cutler Dean

Dr. Lynn Dean, 79, passed away on Friday, July 23, 2021.  Lynn was born on July 4, 1942, in Salt Lake City to Harry Dean and Gladys Cutler Dean.  Lynn married Dianne Schmutz of St. George on September 2, 1966, in the St. George Temple.

Lynn was raised in Ephraim, Utah.  He grew up playing the piano and other instruments, as well as basketball.  He studied at Snow College before obtaining his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University and a doctorate from North Texas State University.  He went on to teach various music classes for over 40 years at New Mexico Junior College and Dixie State University.  Separately, he taught private piano for more than 50 years.  His private piano students alone number in the hundreds.  Lynn served a full-time mission for  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany from 1962-1964 and later served with Dianne in the Philippines Cebu Mission from 2018-2019.  He loved music, but he loved his family even more and enjoyed spending time vacationing with his children and grandchildren.

Lynn is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dianne, of St. George; seven children, 20 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Annette Dean Anderson, and Norma Dean Dupree.

A viewing will take place on Thursday, July 29, from 6:00-8:00 PM, and on Friday from 8:30-9:30 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Washington Fields 4th Ward), 1295 South 3000 East  St. George, UT.  The funeral will take place at the same location on Friday at 10:00 AM.  Interment will take place immediately thereafter at the Washington City Cemetery at 300 Park View Dr., Washington, UT.

Family and friends that are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service online. Please click on the link below

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. Family and friends are invited to sign Lynn’s online guest book at




6:00 – 8:00 pm – LDS Chapel (Washington Fields 4th Ward), 1295 S 3000 E St. George, UT

Second Visitation

8:30 – 9:30 am – LDS Chapel (Washington Fields 4th Ward), 1295 S 3000 E St. George, UT


10:00 am


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Washington Fields 4th Ward)
1295 S 3000 E
St. George, UT


11:00 am
Washington City Cemetery
300 Park View Dr, Washington, UT

Guest Book

45 Responses

  1. So very sorry to hear this news. Thanks for all the memories we experienced with Lynn and Diane and their family. We love you all and you are in our prayers.
    Pam and Corky Hall

  2. Thank you Dr. Dean, for being such a wonderful father-in-law to my brother, Stephen Dorman. You were instrumental in helping him adjust to married life and becoming a father. Thank most of all for your beautiful daughter Stacia. We are blessed to have her in our family. We love you all and extend our deepest sympathies to your sweet wife, Dianne, and your beautiful posterity.
    -Mark and Lora Gonzalez Family

  3. Doc was so much more than just the best piano teacher I ever had! He was also a great coach when it came to preparing for recitals and contests, and he taught me how to teach others. He was so upbeat and encouraging., but even more than all that, he truly cared about me as a person. I thought of him as a second dad, someone who looked out for my best interest, someone who loved me enough to keep me accountable when I needed it. I can’t even imagine how grieved his family must feel. 79 years is not enough! My heart goes out to you all♥️

  4. Dear Dean family: thank you for sharing your husband/dad with me when I was his piano student. He taught me so much, more than just playing the piano. Gary, Michelle, Robert, and Cory, I grew up with you and send you my love in your loss. Sister Dean, my love is with you. For the other kids I missed knowing well, your dad was also an amazing seminary teacher. I hope you all have beautiful memories to sustain you during the coming days and months. With much love, Angie Hall Brown

  5. To Dianne and the Dean family I send my love and condolences at the passing of your precious Lynn—a giant of a man in stature, talent, and spirituality. He has touched hundreds and hundreds of lives, and I feel greatly blessed to be one of those people. May you be comforted during this temporary separation. I send my love and prayers.

  6. From bottom my heart thank you and I am deeply sad we will miss you elder Dean and we love you from all of us here in Cebu I am grateful heavenly father cross our path with sister Dean I have alot of memories yo keep in my heart sad but I know we will see each other again sister Dean we love you❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏

  7. Elder Dean, thank you for your service as a missionary in Cebu. We will always remember they joy you brought to the members in The Philippines and your sharing the gift of music.

  8. A dear friend, who always smile and delights every one. We will greatly missed you.
    A pianist at Lahug Ward (Cebu Philippines Stake).
    His son was also a missionary assigned to Philippines Cebu Mission.

  9. My sincere condolence to the great Grandpa of Elder Shepherd and the entire family at large.
    my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dean‘s) soul is now at peace. May my condolences bring you comfort, and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss

  10. My thought and prayers go to your family. My name is Wendy (Grover) Fletcher I was friend of the Schmutz family. Remember what he taught you and the fun times you had with him. We will be with him on the other side.

  11. I was so saddened to hear of Dr. Dean’s passing. I had the huge pleasure of getting to know him years ago when I was able to take a year or so of piano from him. He was a wonderful man and a fellow musician “kindred spirit!” He will be missed. Our prayers go out to his family.

  12. I am so blessed to have kn0wn Lynn and his family. I , too, studied with Lynn at NMJC in Hobbs and learned much about piano. teaching, and liffe. Sucj a dear friend. Love, hugs and prayers for the familly.

  13. Elder Dean was always very kind. He gave the mission happiness where ever he went. He helped make the new Cebu Mission song. He is a true example of what it means to develop and share your talents. I miss him dearly and am so sorry for this parting. Prayers and hugs to the Dean family.

  14. So very sad to lose my wonderful uncle Lynn Dean. I have many good memories of him from my childhood. I loved listening to him play the piano and marveled at his wonderful talent. He was a great man and uncle and he will be sorely missed. Love and best wishes to Dianne and their family.

  15. Dr./Brother Dean was a tremendous Influence in Our family’s lives! At one point he taught all 5 of our children piano. We loved and appreciatesd his gifts and talent that he shared as a teacher and In Our ward. Brent had the sweet privilege to Home teach the Dean family for several years and would always say when he came home “that is one sweet family”.. That opportunity only increased our love for their family! Wish we could be at the viewing to give you a hug in person but know that we send all our prayers and aloha from across the sea! God bless you all! Love Brent & Heidi Wade & family

  16. A wonderful man that I got to serve alongside with as we were missionaries in the Philippines Cebu Mission. Elder Dean most definitely touched my soul and he touched my funny bone.

  17. The world lost an incredible life. You have our sincere condolences, Our deepest sympathies and our unending love. Rip grandpa. Amiidu and family.

  18. Such sad news. We will miss Lynn’s support for the St George chapter of the Utah Music Teachers’ Association, and send our best wishes to his family.

  19. Best wishes to all of Lynn’s family during a difficult time. I have great memories of him and always enjoyed my professional association with Lynn. He was full of enthusiasm and fun every time we spoke, and I always appreciated his support to me, a much younger colleague across the state. I will miss you Lynn!

  20. So sorry for your loss. We are so saddened to hear of his passing. We have loved and admired the great man that he is. He will be truly missed!!
    The Brant Cafferty family

  21. Dear Diane and Family – I was quite shaken to read about Lynn’s passing. I truly thought of him as being a special friend and you as well and your children. Our nine years together professionally at New Mexico Junior College and our families being raised together in the same ward, public schools, and eventually living here in St. George, has brought sweet memories and appreciation for you and your sweetheart. Lynn was the epitome of a master teacher of music – voice and piano – his talented influence has touched the lives of literally thousands! Also, he was indeed my spiritual mentor with his every day role modeling. A true friend who my family and I will miss but hope to have an eternal association.
    Bob Anderson and “children – Scott Anderson, Darin Anderson, Heather (Anderson) Costa

  22. Dear family, I am so saddened at the loss of such a Great man! To me he was a teacher , Mentor and was always their pushing and getting me to see the joy of music and how to be a truly wonderful person! I loved this beautiful family as well and the acceptance and pure sweetness everyone I had the pleasure to be around you! Love and my sincere at condolences! My friend , prayers for this beautiful famiky

  23. Dr. Dean was my first and favorite piano instructor. If it were possible, I would have traveled from Provo to St George every week for a lesson, because he was not only a teacher but a friend, a mentor, and someone I looked up to a LOT. He not only influenced me musically, but he changed my life for the better! I still think of him often after 10 years, and talk about him to my students. What a great man!

  24. He was the best of the best! Feeling so blessed that we were able to know this wonderful man! Deepest condolences to your family! We love you!

  25. Dr. Dean you made such a difference in so many lives! You taught me not only music but, through teaching our musical ideas (and the passion and soul with in them) will carry on long after we are gone. I know you know that yours are carried by so many of us and will live on through every student taught former and through that future. In so many ways you will always be with us. May you rest in peace knowing it was a life well lived. Thank you for sharing your heart with all of us my mentor, teacher, and friend.

  26. Uncle Lynn was kind of like an older sibling of mine. He was seven years older, but grandma Dean would send me with Lynn and his friends when I was at her home. I was like a tag along little brother. We shared many experiences together in our youth, so sorry to hear about his passing. Sincere condolences to his family.

  27. Oh no! My mentor! So loved Doc! He was so important to me personally and professionally. He welcomed me into his home one Thanksgiving when my family was gone, never forgot that. He was a great teacher and mentor and friend. What a wonderful ambassador and example of Mormons and Christians.

  28. I will miss Lynn’s fun spirit, his help and encouragement and very positive outlook on life. .And he ALWAYS ALWAYS made sure the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts got to the Board Meetings. Loved and appreciated his positive, fun and helpful disposition. He was always there with practical, helpful suggestions and solutions. He will be greatly missed.
    May Dianne and the family feel the comfort and solace so much needed at this time.

  29. What a very special funeral service. I learned much about my uncle. I wish we might have been able to spend much more time together.

  30. My condolences to the family and all of Lynn’s friends as well. As a fellow member of the NMJC faculty I always respected him highly not only as an outstanding educator but more importantly for the values for which he stood.

  31. Dear Sister Dean, we have so many sweet memories of seeing you two in the Cebu temple and Brother Dean playing the organ in the Lahug ward! We were so sorry to hear the news. You have been in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Bruce & Leslie Erickson

  32. We were so sad to hear this news! We have many sweet memories of seeing the two of you in the Cebu temple and Brother Dean playing the organ in the Lahug ward. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bruce & Leslie Erickson

  33. Great family! Wonderful memories! Great loss to all who knew him and will miss him, but a great reunion to all those who are waiting for him on the other side. Gosh, such fantastic memories of the Dean Family in the Hobbs, New Mexico Ward. Our love to Dianne, children, and grandchildren and many prayers.

  34. Our condolences from Florida on the passing of a great lover of music, gospel, and family . My honor to have known him and his family in Hobbs

  35. Sister Dean, we were so sorry to hear this news. We have many special memories of the two of you in the Cebu Temple and Brother Dean playing the organ in the Lahug ward. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Bruce and Leslie Erickson

  36. Saddened to hear about the passing of Lynn. I will always be grateful for our interactions with him from our daughter’s piano lessons to our meetings at tax time. Wish his wife Diane and family all of the best during this difficult time and I am sorry for your loss.

  37. I started taking lessons from Dr. Dean in Hobbs at age 6 and thereafter for many years. He was tough, but kind. And knew his stuff. If I didn’t practice the week before, he knew it and encouraged me just the same. I lost contact with him after they moved to St. George, but reached out many years later for a reference when I was applying for college. He was happy to oblige and even called me on the phone. He told me that he was doing well and still teaching piano and hoped that I too was still playing. I’m now 40 and still play regularly for my family and friends. And Dr. Dean deserves a lot of credit for my lifelong love of music and my ability to play piano. He had such a positive influence on my life and will be missed by many. Prayers and comfort to Diane and the rest of his family.

  38. Dr. Dean was a giant among men! He was lived by many, taught thousands, and influenced all who knew him. He was my first “home” encounter when we move to St. George from Roswell, NM. Ran into him often, we always said hello. He will he missed, but what a treasure Heaven has gained!

  39. Dear Dean Family,
    I was so saddened to hear the news of the passing of Doctor/Brother Dean. What an amazing man he was! I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for you all at this hard time. I have so much love and respect for your husband and father and so many happy memories with him. He was such a big part of my growing up years! He was absolutely the best piano teacher; I learned so much from him, and I am so grateful that I was able to do so. I am most grateful, however, for how I always knew that he cared about me. I have always wished that my kids could have the kind of teacher and supporter that I had in him.
    Sending my love to you all, Kelly Wilcox Peterson

  40. We were so very lucky to know Dr. Lynn Dean! He taught piano to all 4 of my children over many years. He was definitely a master teacher! We couldn’t be more indebted to him for his patient and diligent teaching of piano to our children! I was so very saddened to hear of his passing. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. My heart goes out to his sweet wife and his entire family. Music in heaven will be all the more sweet with him there. Until we meet again….
    We send our love to you!
    Sherilyn Bennion

  41. I have been greatly saddened to hear of Elder Deans passing recently!!! I have such fond, fun, memories of being around him & working with him in the Cebu Philippine Mission. He was always upbeat in his walk & humor. Positive & kind, he generously shared his piano & music talents whenever needed. Elder Dean spoke German which became very useful as a missionary with success in teaching some people in Cebu who only spoke German.
    He had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ!
    He and his lovely wife Dianne, whom he revered (and I called ‘Queen Dianne’) are great people! Thank you both for your influence! Elder Dean will be missed!!!
    Love you Elder Dean …AKA “Bond 007” and Sister Dean…AKA “Queen Dianne”!
    My sincere prayers of comfort to you Dianne. Hope to be in touch soon!
    Much love, Sister Julie Heywood … AKA “Moneypenny”

  42. Dear Sis. Dean and Family,
    My sister Shelly told me the news of Bro. Dean’s passing. I was so sad and many memories were brought to my mind. Specifically, the many piano lessons he gave when we lived in Hobbs, NM. I was taught not only on a weekly basis growing up, but continued with Dr. Dean as a student at NMJC. He was always patient and encouraging when I didn’t always practice. Other many memories come to my mind of the Dean Family. Great friendships and fun times with Gary and Michelle, and Jason with Cory. Our family loved our time in Hobbs with you and are greatly blessed for our associations with the Dean family. We are thinking of you and love you all!

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