BOUNTIFUL - Many in Bountiful knew G. Franklin Eddings for his music.
He and his wife, Josefin, taught music to beginning and master musicians for many years, according to daughter, Sonja Eddings Brown.
The two are now gone. Josefin died in December, one day after their 57th anniversary. She was 78-years old and suffered a massive stroke while caring for her husband at the VA hospital. Franklin died just this past week at age 81.
Besides their music, Brown hopes her parents will be remembered for their love of America.
“Every single day of his life and my mother’s life, they posted the flag out in front of their house and they took it down every night,” said Brown.
“My mother had grown up in national socialism in Austria under Hitler, then in communism under the Soviet Union’s domination, so she appreciated our democracy and the freedoms here,” she said.
The two met in 1955 when Franklin was serving in the U.S. Army in Europe and Josefin was working as a governess for a family in Vienna.
Josefin had the weekend off and was standing on a street corner when Franklin stopped to ask for directions.
They had lunch, then he returned to the United States and they corresponded for a year.
“They married about the time the Soviets were occupying Vienna and he was very lucky to get her out,” said Brown.
Her father had served in counterintelligence in the army and after his military service, he continued serving the nation in the FBI, according to Brown, helping to defend the nation from domestic threats even after his return.
“It was a little slice of patriotism that nobody knew about,” said Brown of his 15 years of service.
Franklin shared his love of music with his wife, who learned to play the piano and was an equal partner and a great teacher of beginner students, said Brown.
That allowed Franklin to work with more advanced students, many of whom received top honors in state and national competitions.
“He taught a couple thousand students over the years in Davis County principally,” said Brown. “What is unique about him is that he taught pop, classical, church music, blues and (music by) Billy Joel.”
He also composed more than 250 pieces of music, some of which were published by Warner Bros., some of which are available on a website, eddingsmusic.com, that gets thousands of hits from around the world, she said.
“Usually composers are not very good teachers,” she said. “He happened to have a real gift for both.”
Franklin and Josefin are survived by their seven children, 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service in Franklin’s honor will be held Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m. at the LDS chapel at 1250 S. Main in Bountiful.