David Gordon Sapp of Brookside, Utah, passed away peacefully 20 August 2022 at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins, Utah, with his wife and family by his side. David was born in Washington, D.C. to Carl and Dorothy Angle Sapp on 23 September 1942. He was raised with his younger sister, Jean Sapp Ingram, in Arlington, Virginia. His family was very active in the Southern Baptist Church. At the age of 8, David began taking trumpet lessons. This small step led to his long and successful career as a classical trumpet player.
David married the love of his life, Marsha Conner, in 1967. Following their marriage they moved to New York City, where David completed his Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music. David went on to play first trumpet in the Orlando Florida Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the State of Mexico in Toluca, Mexico.
In 1972, while living in Honolulu, Hawaii, David and Marsha joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were sealed for eternity in the Laie Hawaii Temple. David served in many different church callings and especially enjoyed being a music leader and singing in the choir.
Following his symphonic career, David served his country as a cornet player in the prestigious “President’s Own United States Marine Band” in Washington, D.C. While playing in the Marine Band, David began training as a piano technician and working part-time in that profession. When he retired from the Marine Band, he continued to build a successful full-time practice as a premier concert piano technician and member of the Piano Technicians Guild.
David’s skill and dedication in this field led to many wonderful work opportunities in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia. For over 25 years he tuned and maintained pianos at the White House, Wolf Trap Center of Performing Arts, George Mason University Center for the Arts and School of Music, Hylton Performing Arts Center, and DAR Constitution Hall. He also tuned and maintained countless pianos for private owners and numerous church congregations. David continually honed his skills by attending local PTG chapter meetings and national conventions and was always seeking to better serve the musical community. He also mentored two of his daughters in their careers as piano technicians. David retired in 2018.
While David thoroughly enjoyed his education and work in the music field, his best loves, with whom he achieved his greatest joy and life experience, were his wife, three lovely daughters, Claire Saldana, Wendy Edmund, and Katrina Sapp, and four grandchildren, Carla, Erick, Nicholas and Adrian Saldana.
David found great pleasure spending time with his family and friends. Some of his favorite past-times were taking care of his yard, eating at restaurants, watching movies and the news, traveling and building model train sets.
A Memorial Service for David is scheduled for Wednesday, 24 August 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Veyo, Utah. He will be laid to rest in the Veyo Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, people wishing to honor David’s lifelong interest in health and music performance are encouraged to make a donation to:
Doterra’s Healing Hands Foundation
The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts