Edgar “Eddie” Thomas Coe


A very fine human being, Edgar “Eddie” Thomas Coe, born Oct. 8, 1945, “shuffled off this mortal coil” (Hamlet) on Wednesday, May 13, at home. He was a retired professor emeritus from the University of Utah Theater Department. At his retirement a chair in the Babcock Theater was given his name.

Never married, no children, there are many theater students who benefited from his interest and support. An excellent photographer, he helped build many a student portfolio and left us wondrous photos of wildlife and national parks.

He built furniture utilizing dowels, no nails. Then he taught himself to turn bowls, and lucky are those of us who have them. He was kind, humble, and generous.  He served several years on the board of the Sagebrush Theater, assisting them in upgrading their technical needs as they have continued to become an excellent theater. He liked to golf.

Although he had many medical problems the last 20 years, it was the ugly disease of dementia that led to his early death.

He is survived by his sister, Teresa Odell; his brother-in-law, Paul Anderson; one niece; two great-nieces; and two great-nephews.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, an older brother, a nephew and a great-nephew.

There has never been a better brother. All any of us is promised is today — make it a good one.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Strand Theater. RIP Eddie. No services.

“All the World’s a stage,

“And all the men and women merely players;

“They have their exits and entrances,

“And one man in his time plays many parts.”

(As You Like It).

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