Mack Gerald Croft
1932 ~ 2014

Mack 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 sons.

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.

 

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