Lloyd’s land adventure began on June 25, 1925 in Wheeler Arkansas. He was born to Toy Christopher Neal and Bertha Alba Luper. His childhood adventures with his older brother James Delbert. would rival those adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. He wrote in his life story about his childhood antics saying, “When it came to mischief, I guess we’d rank near the top of the heap”! He enjoyed fishing, swimming, hunting and competing with his brother.
As the world changed in the late 1930s and 1940s, the Neal family sought jobs to support their family and in 1941 they moved to Bremerton Washington. It was there, in high school choir class, that Lloyd met the love of his life, Donna Janzen. When World War II broke out, Lloyd finally joined the Navy, and while on leave before being shipped overseas, he and Donna were married in the Salt Lake Temple.
Lloyd had an unearthly musical talent, a voice of the angels and such a love for music. He lived his life to the fullest by being kind and helpful to others and especially his family. He shared the Savior’s love through his talents and was a wonderful example of living gospel principles to all of his friends, neighbors, and family. He has served in many church callings, including musical chorister, ward/stake choir director, Sunday and elementary school teacher, priesthood instructor and pianist, temple ordinance worker, member tabernacle choir and his favorite, a temple sealer. He and his wife Donna received and served their mission call at the Manila Philippines Temple. He was so versatile in a lot of things. He loved sports, especially tennis, a fabulous ping pong player and multi-hole golfer in one.
His love of music started early in his life with the encouragement and quote of his mother Bertha Alba Neal, “She secured my love for music”. He attended the University of Utah and earned his master’s degree in music. Many who heard Lloyd Sing said he sounded and sounded like Bing Crosby, however, his voice was much more refined. He put his love of music to work singing praises to the Lord while singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 32 years and served as assistant conductor under Jerry Ottley. He and his beloved wife Donna have traveled the world with the choir carrying the gospel message to many lands. He has sung for presidents, kings and in many foreign countries.
Lloyd’s calling was that of a music teacher. Teaching of voice, group, orchestra, theatre, speech and mathematics. Worked and lived in Nephi for a time, then returned to the Salt Lake Valley to teach in the Granite School District. He was a difficult teacher, because he had such a love for excellence. He was also director of the Deseret Male Chorus and performed in a dance band to help support his family of six children and his wife. He played a medium basic violin.
Lloyd is survived by four children: Kathy (Don) Cole, Dr. Steven (Susan) Neal, Diane (Matthew) Timothy, Barbara Homewood. Nineteen grandchildren, thirty-seven great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren.
Predeceased by his beloved wife Donna Janzen Neal, his father and mother, Toy and Bertha Neal, his father and stepmother, Frederick and Nellie Janzen, his brother James Delbert Neal, his son Richard Neal and his son David Neal
The family would like to thank Hospice, The Assisted Living at Legacy, Dr. Tiffany Volden of the Veterans Administration and the many medical professionals for their care and love for Lloyd.
A Lloyds Celebration of Life will be held at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy Utah 84092 In the Chapel at 11:00 a.m. on January 31, 2022. A visitation will be held prior to the start of the service at 9:30 a.m. . Funeral services will take place immediately after the celebration.
The funeral will be broadcast via Zoom. For streaming instructions and a link, as well as to be able to leave condolences and memories for the family, please visit www.larkincares.com. –
Published by Deseret News from January 24 to January 30, 2022.