LaRae McCullough Croft passed away in Alpine, Utah on Monday,
March 16, 2015. She was 79 years old LaRae, as she was known
to her family and friends, was born to Jesse Dee McCullough
and Anna Mae McQueen McCullough on May 7, 1935 in Salt Lake
City, Utah. LaRae spent an idyllic childhood in Salt Lake
City and later Richland, Washington, where her family moved
due to her father’s involvement with the Manhattan
Project. As a girl, LaRae enjoyed softball, art, and dancing.
She was the vice president of her junior class, graduated
sixth in the Richland High School Class of 1953, and received
a scholarship to Brigham Young University. At BYU, she majored
in elementary education and minored in English. She graduated
from BYU in May 1957 and moved to San Diego, California,
to teach school.
In San Diego, LaRae met her future husband, Mack Gerald
Croft, who was stationed in the navy. LaRae and Mack were
married for time and all eternity in the Logan Utah Temple
on July 9, 1958. During their early married life, the couple
lived in Georgia, Tennessee, and California. They later
moved to North Dakota, where they lived for 21 years, and
Highland, Utah, where they lived for 28 years.
LaRae spent her life in service to those around her. She
cherished her membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, and faithfully served in many callings,
including those of Relief Society homemaking counselor and
education counselor, seminary teacher, Primary president,
Young Women president, and Gospel Doctrine teacher. Motherhood
was the joy of LaRae’s life, and she lovingly raised
three daughters and two sons. In her later life, “Mrs.
Croft” taught school at Lehi Elementary and Geneva
Elementary, where she loved her role as a reading specialist.
LaRae touched the lives of countless students, friends,
and family members, who will remember her for her warm smile,
faithful heart, tender disposition, and genuine love of
all those around her.
LaRae was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Gerald
Croft. She is survived by four siblings—Donald Dee
McCullough (Wilma Lee, deceased), Kenneth Allen McCullough,
Robert Linn McCullough (Oralee), and Laura Jean McCullough
Davis (Donald), as well as five children—Rebecca Ann
Croft Christensen (Blake), David Alan Croft (Juan), Linda
Diane Croft Seeley (James), Donald Eugene Croft (Gabriela),
Barbara Jean Croft Barzee (Michael), and eleven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 21, 2015,
at 11:00 am at the Highland 16th LDS Ward Chapel, 10962
North 6400 West, Highland, Utah. Family and friends may
call Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm and also at an additional
viewing on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 am prior to
services at the church. Interment will take place in the
Highland City Cemetery.