By Cecily Markland
Mesa Woman Leaves Legacy of Love of Music, Family and Her Heritage
She will be remembered by many for her smile, her example of gratitude and the music she so readily shared—even in the face of her own tough trials.
Tawna Louise Flake-Posegate, 55, passed away June 9.
She was born in Mesa, June 12, 1959, the oldest daughter of Sanford “Sank” and Louise Flake. Tawna grew up in Snowflake, graduating from Snowflake High in 1976.
In a previous interview with the Beehive, she said, “being a Flake from Snowflake” with a dad who was the Town Marshall and, later, the Chief of Police for five years and a mom who taught junior high and high school for 30 years, “I had to be good.”
That was okay by Tawna. “I always wanted to do what was right,” she said.
She started a musical career early in her life, singing with, and being taught by, her dad and her uncle, Melvin Dewitt. She learned to love the violin early on, playing by ear and quickly demonstrating her knack for memorizing music. Tawna, on the violin, often accompanied her father on his guitar, and they were known for their beautiful harmony.
In high school, Tawna received the J. Rufus Crandell award, given to the top musician of the school, and she earned a scholarship to Northern Arizona University.
She transferred to Snow College, where she studied under Richard and Reed Nibley.
When Tawna served an LDS mission in the Finland Helsinki Mission, her violin went with her. While tracting, “we got into a lot of people’s homes by playing the Finnish-composed ‘Be Still My Soul,’ at their door,” Tawna said.
After her mission, Tawna, with her friend, David Peterson, formed Penguin Music and began to record together.
“We were in the recording business for more than 18 years,” David says. “We produced many albums of our own, as well as for other artists.”
“We also performed together for local, state and national dignitaries, the Performing Arts Concert Series, numerous LDS Church events, and for General Authorities (including at the Snowflake Arizona Temple Dedication), as well as the Northeastern Arizona White Mountain Silver Creek Symphony,” he says.
Tawna told the Beehive, “The reason God gave this gift to me was to share.”
In 2005, she met the love of her life, Dominick Eugene Posegate. They married April 21, 2006, in the Snowflake Arizona Temple, then made Mesa their home.
“She was loved by many and will be greatly missed,” David says.
A musical tribute to Tawna is planned for this fall. David says, “If anyone has pictures or video of her … or needs more info, please contact me.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-243-2020. To see video tributes to Tawna, find DavidPeterson or Nick Posegate on Facebook for links.