In the spring of 1977 I took my first road trip to Utah with my parents. I was preparing to graduate from Reedley High School and was planning on going to BYU in the fall. We went to visit the Provo campus, Salt Lake City and Temple Square, and we spent a snowy day with Eugene Lundquist in Logan. He was so friendly and welcoming. I remember how he played the piano for us–a rousing Utah State Fight Song he had composed. He shared family history information with my parents. Eugene’s father, Eric Benjamin was a brother to my Great-grandpa, Emanuel Richard Lundquist.
Eugene was one of the first LDS relatives I’d ever met. I enjoyed our visit.
He told us where my Grandmother Ruby and my Great-grandparents had lived in Salt Lake City on 5th Avenue. We were able to find the home and took this photo:
Here is a newspaper article I found about his USU Fight Song:
October 5, 1959
The Ogden Standard-Examiner from Ogden, Utah · Page 9
Publication: The Ogden Standard-Examiner i Location: Ogden, UtahIssue Date: Monday, October 5, 1959Page: Page 9
USU Pays $150 for Song LOGAN (UPI)–Utah’State University has paid $150 to the composer of a new fight song, and made arrangements to buy two others, the song contest chairman has announced. Eugene Scott, Bountiful, chairman of the student-sponsored contest to select a new song,: said about 30 entries were received from songwriters throughout the nation. Merrill Knighton, Susanville, Calif., won the $150 first prize for his song entitled “USU Fight Song.” The “USU Victory Song” by Eugene B. Lundquist, North Logan, and “Aggies All the Way” by Wayne Scott, Boulder, Colo., will also be purchased.
Eugene died in 2002. Here is his obituary:
Dec 20, 2002
Eugene B. Lundquist, age 95, passed away on Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at the Logan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Logan.
He was born Nov. 30, 1907, in Smithfield, the son of Eric Benjamin Lundquist and Eugenia Harris Lundquist. He married Thelma Roskelley in the Logan LDS Temple on Oct. 9, 1931. After she passed away on April 22, 1975, he married Mildred Taylor Chlarson in the Ogden LDS Temple on Aug. 17, 1977. She also preceded him in death on Oct. 1, 1988. He married Maudie Mae Thompson on Sept. 8, 1990. They were later divorced.
Eugene was an active member of the LDS Church and served in many callings and organizations, and he especially loved the music of the church. He was also a member of the Amc Vita Club and had been active in other civil and social organizations.
Eugene was an accomplished musician playing a variety of instruments including the piano, organ and violin. He composed and published many songs during his lifetime. Eugene used his music to express his love for his children, family, friends, country and
Eugene was raised in Smithfield, graduated from North Cache High School and attended Utah State University. He was a Beneficial Life Insurance Agent for the majority of his adult life. Eugene/s greatest love was his children, family and friends. He truly loved people.
Survivors include his three daughters, Joyce C. (David) Meldrum, Seattle, Wash., Louise (Ronny) Barnson, Ely, Nev., Julie (Blake) Pickett, Providence; 18 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. His son, Stephen E. Lundquist, preceded Eugene in death.
Funeral services will be conducted at noon Friday at the Allen-Cranney Mortuary Chapel, 420 E. 1800 North, North Logan. Friends may call at the mortuary from 10 to 11:30 a.m. prior to services. Burial will be in the Smithfield City Cemetery.