"Music was obviously his passion -- you could see it in his face and his whole demeanor," said Eddie Creer, who teaches vocal music at Salina South High School.
was in a lot of productions, and we spent a lot of time together," said Creer
"Our relationship went way beyond teacher and student, even when he
Creer said Charvat had been named an All-State singer for three years when at South and also scored a "I" three years in a row at the state vocal competition.
"If he was an athlete, he'd be your go-to guy," Creer
said, adding that Charvat contributed more than just musical talent.
always had a smile on his
face and was always cheerful," Creer
was full of life, and I think he
made people around him cheerful, too."
"Even if he
'd never sung a note, he was a great guy," Creer
and Charvat had stayed in touch over the years and that Charvat had called him a few times in recent weeks to talk about teaching high school students; he'd been teaching middle school students in Wichita and wanted to know what differences to expect.
was glad Charvat had chosen music education as a career.
"I think he
left here with music ed in mind, maybe even before he
was in high school," Creer