Hazel Crandall

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Hazel Crandall, 1941
Hazel Crandall is a music enthusiast, organist, and pianist who lived modestly and frugally and left a large portion of her estate to BYU after she passed away on August 13, 2010.

Early Life and Education

Crandall was born in 1920 to a family of musicians. Her mother, Ruby Christensen was a talented pianist and her grandfather performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

She later attended BYU and graduated in 1941 with a degree in Music. She was heavily involved with the organ and piano throughout her life.

Personal Life

Upon graduation, Crandall moved to southern California where she worked in banking for most of her life. She was active in the organist guild and played the organ on Sundays in various churches until she was in her 80s.

Crandall has one brother, but never married or had children.

Crandall was a private person who enjoyed traveling the world. She is remembered as a wise investor. Throughout her life, she gave annually to various places at BYU, culminating in a large portion of her estate being donated to BYU at her death.

Her posthumous gift has now been named the Hazel Crandall Trust and continues to bless countless music students today.

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