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Obituary: John Ralph MacKay

John Ralph MacKay, 64, returned to his Heavenly Father June 9, 1999 after a short battle with cancer at his home in Franklin, Tennessee.

Born February 13, 1935 in Murray, Utah to John Rex and Melva Pugh Mackay. Graduated from Granite High School and attended the University of Utah. Served in the Army and with the Salt Lake City Police Department. Married Anita Lewis in 1958; later divorced. Married Sharna Kramer in 1960 in Las Vegas, Nevada; later solemnized in the Oakland Temple.John lived in California most of his life and just recently moved to Tennessee where he was working in the construction industry. In October 1997 he suffered a debilitating stroke which left him paralyzed on his left side. He valiantly struggled to regain his mobility at the Veterans Hospital in Salt Lake during this past year.

John was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings, including teacher, bishopric, high priest group leader and other responsible positions. He loved Bishop Soderquist of the Franklin Ward and the family would like to express their appreciation for the unstinting care and service rendered to him by the bishop, other members of the ward, and neighbors during the past 18 months.

Survived by his wife, Sharna, Franklin, Tennessee; sons, John Ross, Spokane, Washington; John (Charlene) Randal, Salt Lake City; stepsons, Mark, Rick (Julie) Gershon, Los Angeles, California; brother and sisters, Boyd (Gayle) and Jeanne (Dick) Jensen, both of Taylorsville, Utah; Norene (Tom) Clark, Oakley, Idaho; Joyce Parsons and Lorna (Ken) Mackay, West Valley City, Utah; stepmother, Afton Mackay, West Valley City; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, Alyssa Sorells; numerous nephews and nieces; sisters-in-law, Gersha (Alan) Rogers, Los Angeles, California; Paula Levy, Nashville, Tennessee. Preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marian Fuller.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 16, 1999, 12 noon at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road where friends may call Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday one hour prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

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