Bruce McAllister Lake (85) passed away peacefully in his home in East Millcreek on December 28, 2020. Bruce was born on January 3, 1935 in Salt Lake City, UT to Kenneth and Otillie Lake. Bruce grew up in SLC with his two brothers.
When he was 11 years old, he met the love of his life, Patricia D Goalen. They married in the Salt Lake Temple on December 18, 1957. Together they had 5 children.
He received his B.S. and M.S from the University of Utah and an EdD from the University of Southern California. Bruce loved learning and teaching and connected the two in his career working for the LDS Church Educational System. His greatest joy was teaching his family. He taught of Christ, kindness, and love through his words and actions.
He was a faithful, devoted servant in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings including Bishop, Stake President, and sealer in the Salt Lake Temple. He served three missions in Germany: first as a young man, then as mission president in Munich with his wife (1984-87), and again with his wife after retirement.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Jerry (Marion).
He is survived by his wife, his five children: David (Marcie), Kathryn (Paul) MacKay, Steve (Shelly), Suzie (Matt) McCune, and Teresa (David) Oldham, his 20 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren, and his brother Joe (Marta).
Private services will be Monday, January 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM. You may join us virtually at the following link: https://youtu.be/o0cnlJY-mWY
We cannot fill the hole he leaves, but we can remember him for his Swedish Pancakes, homemade ice cream, Christmas box, and love of golf.
Most of all, we can live on with Bruce’s kindness, wisdom, humility, and love for others and the Savior.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at: https://philanthropies.churchofjesuschrist.org/humanitarian-services/funds/humanitarian-general-fund