Donald Spieth Obituary
Donald E. Spieth, 81, an illustrious figure in the world of music, departed this world on September 1, 2023, in the serenity of his Bethlehem home. Loving husband to Llyena Boylan, Spieth leaves behind a cherished family that includes sons Shawn and Stow, grandchildren Jordan, Ellie, Steven, and great-grandchildren Sammy and Scout. He is also survived by step-children Alexis and Gabriel, along with their sons Lonnie and Damon.
A commemorative service is scheduled for 1PM, September 16, 2023, at the Central Moravian Church sanctuary, where friends and family can gather to celebrate his life and legacy.
Moravian University recently communicated the heartbreaking news of the demise of their esteemed Maestro Donald Spieth. Widely acknowledged as the pioneering force behind the Moravian University Orchestra, Spieth was also an esteemed musical director for the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra. Until last week, he remained passionately involved in rehearsals, even as the university opened its doors for a new academic year.
Our vocabulary falls woefully short in capturing the magnitude of this loss. As we join the family and community in their sorrow, we extend our deepest sympathies. May our collective prayers and thoughts offer some measure of comfort during this challenging time.
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Who was Donald Spieth?
Donald E. Spieth, born 81 years ago, was more than just a man of music; he was a living symphony. Widely recognized as the founder of the Moravian University Orchestra, he was also a prolific music director for the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra. Spieth dedicated his life to the artistic and academic communities, nurturing the talents of many and leaving an indelible mark on the world of music.
Donald was a family man at heart, deeply loved and respected by his spouse Llyena Boylan. A father to sons Shawn and Stow, he was a doting grandparent to Jordan, Ellie, and Steven, and even got to know the joys of being a great-grandparent to Sammy and Scout. His family was extended through his step-children, Alexis and Gabriel, and their sons Lonnie and Damon, all of whom enriched his life further.
Spieth wasn’t just a musician; he was a Maestro in the true sense of the word, commanding respect not just for his artistic ability but also for his teaching prowess. Right up until his untimely demise on September 1, 2023, Spieth was active, engrossed in rehearsals even as the university was warming up for a new academic session. His loss is a void that will take a long time to fill, both in the academic and music worlds.
Remembering a Legend
As the news of his passing permeates the communities he touched, Donald Spieth leaves behind a legacy rich in culture, education, and family. He will be remembered not just for the notes he conducted but for the lives he touched and the melodies he leaves in the hearts of those who knew him.
For those wishing to pay their respects, a memorial service will be held on September 16, 2023, at 1PM in the sanctuary at Central Moravian Church. The service will be a fitting tribute to a life so richly lived and will give those who loved him an opportunity to say their final goodbyes.