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Ex-Utah County Sheriff Mack Holley dies

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Mack H. Holley, 78, who was elected to three terms as Utah County sheriff, died July 18, 2000, at his home in Spanish Fork.

Born and reared in Mapleton, he attended schools there and in Springville, attended Brigham Young University and LDS Business College and graduated in later years with a bachelor's in police science from what was then Weber College (now Weber State University).

He became a deputy sheriff in Utah County in 1960, was chief deputy for several years and was elected sheriff in 1973, serving until his retirement in 1985. During his law enforcement career, he dealt with his share of murderers, including Gary Gilmore, who was executed in 1977 for the murder of two Utah County men.

Earlier, Mr. Holley raised sheep, barley, alfalfa and other crops and turkeys. In 1946 he sold his farm in Mapleton and purchased the Spanish Fork Co-op in partnership with his father, John Holley, and brother Perry.

Mr. Holley was a counselor in the Spanish Fork LDS 4th Ward bishopric. And he and his wife, Wanda, served a family history mission and were ordinance workers in the Provo Temple.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22, in the Spanish Fork 4th Ward chapel, 381 E. 400 North.