Harrison Thomas Groutage
April 25, 1925 ~ February 5, 2013
Visitation: 12:30 p.m. at the Logan 8th Ward LDS Chapel, 325 Lauralin Drive.
Memorial service: Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Logan 8th Ward LDS Chapel, 325 Lauralin Drive.
Harrison Thomas Groutage, 87, of Logan, died Feb. 5, 2013 at Legacy House of Logan. He was born April 25, 1925 in Richmond, Utah, the fifth child of Joseph William and Estelle Thomas Groutage. His parents and siblings preceded him in death.
Grout grew up in Cache Valley and attended Logan City schools. He married Iva Lou Pilkington June 16, 1943 in the Logan LDS Temple and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps soon after. He flew B-25s and was awaiting overseas orders when World War II ended. He returned to Utah to begin his professional art career with a love of skies and weather gleaned from his training as a pilot. His fascination with weather translated to his painting all his life.
Grout studied art at Utah State University, Weber State College and graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA degree. He earned an MFA from the University of Utah and did post-graduate work at the University of Iowa. He joined Utah State University’s Department of Art in 1955 and was chair for seven of the 34 years he taught in Logan. He was the first to insist life drawing courses at USU employ nude models for students to study and also was instrumental in establishing an elaborate printmaking lab.
Grout influenced hundreds of students, many of whom were in contact with him until his death.
Perhaps best known for dramatic landscapes in watercolor, oil and acrylic, Grout’s work is included in collections at the National Academy of Design in New York City, The World Book Encyclopedia, National Watercolor Society, Paramount Pictures, the Pasadena Art Museum, Springville Museum of Art and numerous other institutions and private collections around the world. His work also includes numerous institutional portraits. Grout was named Utah Artist of the Year in 1998. In 2009, the Utah State University Alumni Association honored him with a Professional Achievement Award and in 2011 he was honored by the Utah Governor’s Mansion Foundation.
Grout found beauty everywhere and frequently held painting classes outdoors. He traveled with students to paint in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and along the Monterey Bay Peninsula every June for 30 years.
In a 1991 interview he said: “The existence of sky, water and land forms, as they defy the elements and man, move me to expression of ideas in my work. Frequently, I study the same features which inspired our early painters; proving that in spite of the damage inflicted by man (often greater than that caused by all the relentless forces of nature), many of them have remained alive and well.”
For years, Grout maintained studios in both northern and southern Utah so he could capture the landscape he loved.
He is survived by his wife Iva Lou Groutage, Logan; three children: Farol Ann (Eric) Nelson, Richmond, Utah; James Harrison Groutage, Pocatello, Idaho and Hilary Groutage (Rick Weible) of Ona, W. Va.; eight step-grandchildren and six grandchildren: Paul Thomas (Christina Austin) Nelson; Mary (Jackson) Evans; Annelise Nelson; Emily Ann (Joshua) Camacho; Ian (Stephanie) Israelsen, Jenilyn (Joe) Needham and five great grandsons: Christian Joseph Needham, Gavin Orlando Camacho, William Frederick Needham, Owen Gregory Camacho and Harrison Calder Needham.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Harrison and Iva Lou Groutage scholarship for art students at Utah State University, Office of University Advancement at 1490 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah, 84322-1490.
A memorial service is set for Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Logan 8th Ward LDS Chapel, 325 Lauralin Drive. Family will receive guests at 12:30 p.m.
Here is a voice from your distant past offering you condolences upon Harrison's passing. Initially I was "Leon" in Smithfield and a buddy of Grant ("Tony") Athay's; then as "John" I was your neighbor in Wymount Village at the Y in the early '50s. I have admired Harrison's art as I have observed it occasionally over the years. I just wish he could have completed the partial picture of our two oldest boys that he began in Provo. (We ended up with eight boys and an adopted daughter; after Kathryn died 22 years ago, I married a woman with nine children of her own!) I retired after years of teaching anthropology at BYU. (The last I knew, Grant was retired and living in Heber.) A son of mine, Joe (an amateur artist), is retired from the USU physical plant staff and lives near the campus. I hope your life has been happy and will continue so.
John (Leon) Sorenson
The world has lost a truly great man. I wish I could be there tomorrow. Hilary, take care of yourself.
All my love,
What a blessed life to have had Harrison Groutage as a father. His life was a blessing to the world with his unrivaled gift of art. My friend's son took the sacrament to him on Sundays and your dad rewarded him with one of his prints. He has treasured it since. I've often thought that his wife (a professional photographer from New York) married him for the print. Be thankful you had so many years and many good memories with him. My love and prayers are with you.
To IvaLou and all the family our deepest and most sincere sympathy with the passing of "Grout", a good and kind person. Thank you for your years of friendship.
Adrian and Francisca Van Suchtelen
When I was just a young boy my friends and I would go explore in the ravine above Grout's house. We happened upon Grout and his wife. I was in 1st grade and asked him for a picture. He told me I could have one if I made hime one, so I drew a halloween book for him and he gave me a beautiful picture of a river scene with a horse that hangs on the wall at our cabin still. He was so kind to give me a picture and put up with our childish behavior. That has been 15 years ago and I still remember Grout. It's amazing how I remember this man that was only a brief part of my life but I will always remember that. I'm truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Farrol, Jim, Hillary--we did not know your father well, but wish to add our condolences at his passing. Not many men are so successful in their life's passion, and have been able to influence so many others. May God be with you at this time of need.
Blair and Marjorie Packer
My sympathies to the family. I was never a student of Grout age but he was Freshman advisor when I started at USU in 1974. I still remember our meeting at his home studio, and his appearance in Art 101, doing a painting in class before our eyes. One of the students asked if he was finished (it looked finished). He said no, i've got 30 or 40 hours more to do on it. Farewell Groutage.
Dear IvaLou and Farol,
Our daughter,Suzanne, alerted us about Grout's death. We are in Benin, West Africa, serving a mission, so we send our love from far away. You will always be dear to us.
Irene and Nick
I'm sitting at my dining room table enjoying our treasured Groutage painting of Cache Valley which has hung above living room fireplaces in 4 different homes for more than 30 years. It takes me back to a place I love but also to a very special man. After honing my basic secretarial skills with Twain Tippetts, I was given the opportunity to work as the secretary of the USU Art Department (about 1966/67) in the Old Annex Building on the NW corner of Old Main Hill. I typed tests, composed letters, assisted students, and even tried to tame Grout's paperwork--not to be!! But most of all I basked in the chance to assist and be around this fascinating group of professors and more particularly my brilliant, gifted, funny, kind, patient boss, Harrison Groutage. Those were good days not to be forgotten and I send my heartfelt condolences at his passing and wish you all sweet memories. Can't close without mentioning my time as a less than dedicated piano student. Thank you dear Iva Lou--still lamenting that I didn't practice more...
Pamela Daines Johnson
I want to express my sorrow at the passing of your father. As our parents age we see that they must leave us but it is still not easy. I know that you will miss him and that there will be a hole in your life. I hope that you will find peace and know I am thinking of you.
Jean Mahoney Hanks
I am very sorry for your loss. Hope you will find comfort in such a difficult moment.
Dear Iva Lou & Family,
I just heard of Grout's passing and want to send my condolences. He was truly gifted and I am honored to have several of his paintings in our home. I can remember him encouraging me in my art work. Dad & Mom would bring us to your home when Grout & Dad were doing a project. Farol and I are the same age so we would hang out together. Your home was always so welcoming and I loved to come to your home. I can remember when you made raisin cookies one night. They were so good and we kids were ready to go home, but Dad & Grout would just not give up what they were working on. We have many fond memroies of you both.
Susan Wall Davis
It is with bitter sweet feelings that I extend my condolences. I am one of the many students that Harrison influenced. I considered him not only as a great teacher, but my mentor and friend. He gave me the courage to complete my BFA, and the faith to pursue my dream to become an Air Force officer and pilot. I count him among the great men who influenced my life. p.s. I'm the student who you invited to come and play my guitar and sing "I Wonder as I Wander" in your ward Christmas program about 45 years ago.
So sorry to hear of your loss. Grout was a great man. I don't know if you remember me ,but I meet Grout when you were in Apple Valley. I did some Tile for you. I thought alot of Grout. He was a good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Sincerely, Ken and Shari Adams