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Elmer Maurice MacKay

01/22/1935 - 12/16/2019

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Salt Lake City, UT—Elmer Maurice MacKay, 84, passed away Monday,December 16th, 2019 at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Maurice was born on January 22, 1935 to Francis Lucile Parkinson and John Stewart MacKay in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. He married his high school sweetheart, Lillian Irene Giles, on December 1st, 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Maurice graduated from West High School and the University of Utah and worked in Educational Administration for Granite School District. A lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he served in many callings during his years in Salt Lake City and Ivins, Utah, including a Church Service Mission, along with his wife Irene, in downtown Salt Lake City.

Maurice is survived by his wife Irene, daughters Diane and Karen, 4 grandchildren (Natalie, Adam, Julia, and Jason Ware), 10 greatgrandchildren and a brother Keith P. MacKay.

A private family memorial will be held on Saturday, December 21st, 2019 at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City,Utah followed by a graveside service at 2:00pm at the Salt Lake City Cemetery, 200 N Street. For condolences, please visit

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  • I treasure my memories of Brother and Sister McKay! It seems like just yesterday when I was a shy Beehive at Flaming Gorge. Pulled out my playing cards for a game of Solitaire, when I was told to put them away because we were on a church outing. Brother McKay came by, smiled, winked his eye and bet me that cat would get the game! He knew just how to take the sting away from a lonely, homesick 12 year old. Then, there was the time that I played accordion for the High Priest Group party. As the McKays were leaving, I played “Goodnight, Irene”. Brother McKay doubled over with laughter, pulled out his extra change and tossed it at my feet. I think he chuckled all the way home! In looking back over the years, he was always a distinguished gentleman: in looks and in actions! What a great influence he is in the lives of many, especially my life! Thank you for sharing him with all of us! His memory is cherished!

    — Pyper Garff Shelton
  • Irene, Diane and Karen, my condolence of the loss of Maurice. I have good memories of your family while living on 1800 east Wilson block and in the Mountain View 1st Ward. Irene, I notice your maiden name of Giles. My maternal grandmother’s grandmother was Emily Ann Giles (1837-1891) who lived in the Heber Valley.

    — Craig W. Fuller
  • Our prayers are with the McKay family.

    — Gene and Marnie Cotton

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