Gerald Croft, 82, passed away on October 11, 2014, in Lehi,
Utah. Mack, the son of Jacob Calvin Croft and Lula McClellan,
was born on February 7, 1932, in Ames, Iowa. Mack grew up
in a variety of locations, including the Uintah Basin, Salt
Lake City, Cedar City, and Orem, Utah, as well as Havre,
Montana, and Las Vegas, Nevada.
The oldest child in his family, Mack was a big help to
his mother. As a young man, he delivered papers for the
Deseret News, herded sheep, cleaned railroad cars,shoveled
coal, and worked as a carhop at a drive-in restaurant. After
his senior year of high school in Las Vegas, Mack attended
the Branch Agricultural College (now SUU) from 1950-1952,
where he decided to study geology. He then transferred to
Brigham Young University where he continued his geology
studies and participated in the AFROTC. After writing a
thesis on the geology of the Onaqui Mountains, Mack graduated
from BYU in 1956 achieving both a BS and an MS in geology.
After graduation from BYU, Mack was drafted into the United
States Navy in 1956. He attended boot camp in San Diego,
California, and was then stationed for 18 months on Coronado
Island. He met his future wife, Anna LaRae McCullough, at
an LDS ward in San Diego. Mack and LaRae were married for
time and all eternity in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple on July
9, 1958. They are the parents of three daughters and two
During Mack and LaRae’s first year of marriage, Mack
obtained a job with the United States Geological Survey.
The job took the Crofts to Atlanta, Georgia; Chattanooga,
Tennessee; Acworth, Georgia; and Visalia and Sacramento,
California. Mack and his family then moved to Bismarck,
North Dakota, where they lived from 1966-1987.Among various
other callings, Mack served as scoutmaster in Georgia and
California, as ward clerk and in an elders quorum presidency
in Carmichael, California, and in an LDS branch presidency
in Bismarck, North Dakota. In 1985, Mack obtained a job
with the State of Utah as an environmental hydrologist,
and relocated his family to Highland, Utah, where his wife
LaRae still resides. Mack was an avid outdoorsman who loved
hunting and horsemanship. He especially loved to ride his
horse Haggi in long-distance endurance races where she usually
placed first. He was passionate about family history and
loved to spend hours reading about his ancestors.
Mack is survived by his wife, Anna LaRae McCullough Croft;
two sisters, Mary (Kendall) Cram Jones and Vivian (Myron)
Best; two brothers, Kent (Bonnie) Croft and Clair Croft;
three daughters, Rebecca (Blake) Christensen, Linda (James)
Seeley, and Barbara (Michael) Barzee; two sons, David (Juan)
Croft and Donald (Gabriela) Croft; and eleven grandchildren.
His family loves him and misses him dearly.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 18,
2014 at 11:00 am at the Highland 16th LDS Ward Chapel, 10962
North 6400 West, Highland. Friends and family may call Friday
evening from 6:00-8:00 pm at the church and Saturday morning
from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services at the church. Interment
will take place in the Highland City Cemetery.