Edward Lynn Krebs

FarewellEdward Lynn Krebs of Redmond, WA passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014. He was born on December 6, 1946 in Beaumont, Texas to the late Dorothy and Sidney F. Krebs. Ed grew up in Beaumont, graduating from French High School in 1965, and attending Lamar University. He received his Bachelor of Violin Performance and Music Theory from the University of North Texas in 1970, his Master of Violin Performance and Music Theory from Eastern Washington University in 1974, and his Teaching Credentials from University of North Texas in 1975.

He married Susan Finnegan Krebs on August 27, 1972 at Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park and immediately traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico where he performed in the Guadalajara Symphony.

Although, trained in violin performance and vowing never to teach, Ed’s life took a different direction in 1973 when he became involved in The Success Through Strings program in Dallas, TX. The program was designed for children in the most economically deprived schools. Students having low test scores in reading and math were chosen to participate. They achieved academic success through the study of instrumental music. Ed soon found that teaching was his calling. He was comfortable working with any age group, toddler to adult, but his greatest joy was watching middle school children develop into young adults. In 1988 he joined the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District and developed acclaimed junior high orchestras. In 1994 the couple moved to the Seattle area where Ed’s Odle Middle School Orchestra in Bellevue was awarded the Washington State Honor Orchestra. Ed retired from The Bellevue School District in 2007. He continued to freelance in the Guadagnini String Quartet and area symphonies both in Texas and Washington. In the last couple of years he has had fun performing and arranging music for the Trilogy Singers of Redmond. Ed also enjoyed traveling by bicycle, VW van, or Winnebago Motorhome, visiting the U.S.A. and Canada coast to coast, and Europe. Ed was always passionate about automobiles. He was a charter member of the LeMay Automobile Museum in Tacoma, WA and served as a volunteer in the museum for the last two years.

Ed is survived by his wife, Susan Finnegan Krebs, and siblings: Col. John Scott (Mitzi) Krebs, USAF (Ret.) of Manassas, VA; Connie (Paul) Parsons of Alexandria, LA; and Michael (Janie) Krebs of Trinity, TX; and 6 nieces/nephews, and 9 great-nieces/nephews.

Ed’s enthusiasm, sense of humor, and love of life will be missed. A celebration of Ed’s life will be held on Saturday, July 26. Music will begin at 1:00pm in the Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, 98004. A reception will follow in the Church Narthex.

Remembrance donations will be used to purchase two violins for promising, economically disadvantaged students to use while participating in the Dallas or Seattle Youth Symphony. It would be appreciated if the gift were received by August 15th. Please notate specific donation information on the check.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
c/o Jamie Allen
Edward Krebs Memorial Violin
2301 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
c/o Joseph Krebs (no relation)
Edward Krebs Memorial Violin
11065 Fifth Ave. NE, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98125

2 Responses to “Edward Lynn Krebs”

  • Cameron Schultz says:

    I was a long time student of Mr Krebs from fifth grade until my junior year of high school. He made being in the at the time “less popular” orchestra seem really cool. I remember being in fifth grade and he and the band teacher at the time making their sales pitch to the students for what to join. I remember him playing a song and it hooked me in. A lot of my best friends first crushes etc growing up came from Orchestra, even took a pretty cool trip to Canada! I came searching for Mr Krebs hoping he was still around so he could know his influence on me has spawned my daughter now an avid violinist at age 11. Know I get to pass on the knowledge he gave to me on to her and enjoy those concerts from the other side of the lights! Love you Mr Krebs may you rest in peace.

  • Jesse Tooley says:

    I met Mr krebs, as my orchestra teacher in 1997. That was my 6th grade year. I Transferred from my elementary and had two years in orchestra prior. I was probably the oddest kid to play in that class… But I learned ALOT from him. He was a mentor and patient all the time. I enjoyed our class trips to the bellevue square mall to play. And because of him and my grandmother I eventually made it in to 2nd chair all city orchestra. (Outside of school). I appreciated all of his support and not getting upset when I fell asleep during class and hitting my head on my music stand because I was so tired. I was hoping to get in touch with him and let him know I appreciated all the help he gave me.

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