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Obituary: Mack Hyrum Holley

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Mack Hyrum Holley, the strength of our loves, our father, grandfather, and best friend, passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, July 18, 2000 in his home in Spanish Fork. He is now reunited with the light of his life, his wife and our beloved mother, Wanda, who passed away three months ago.

He was born August 3, 1921 in Mapleton, Utah, to John and Wilda Holley. He grew up in Mapleton and never lost his love for that community and the wonderful people in his Mapleton home. He attended schools in Mapleton and Springville, and he graduated from Springville High School in 1939. He then attended BYU for a time and LDS Business College. He later attended Weber State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Police Science.

He married Wanda Chapple of Spanish Fork in the Salt Lake Temple on September 10, 1941. They enjoyed 58 wonderful years of marriage and are now together for eternity. We, as their children, are thankful to have the blessing of being together forever.

For the first five years of his marriage, he enjoyed farming. He raised sheep, several different crops, and turkeys. He then sold his farm and bought the old Spanish Fork Co-op, in partnership with his father and brother. In that business he had a men's clothing store, a women's clothing store, and a grocery business for 17 years.

In 1960 he became a Deputy Sheriff in Utah County. He served in the Sheriff's office for 25 years. He was Chief Deputy for several years and became the Utah County Sheriff in 1973. He was elected to three terms as County Sheriff until his retirement in 1985. He loved his work in the Sheriff's office and made many life-long friends there.

He was a wonderful father to his six children. Carolyn was born to Mack and Wanda in 1943, but only lived a short time. The six children are Dennis (Kristine Hughes); Peggy (Vee) Sanford; Patricia (Phil) Barney; Brenda (Scott) Oberhansly; and Linda (Eric) Anthony.

Dad and Mom worked in many capacities in the church. Dad served in the Spanish Fork 4th Ward bishopric as a counselor. He served in many other church callings. He and Mom served a Family History Mission and also as temple ordinance workers in the Provo LDS Temple for five years.

Dad received many honors and awards in his life, but his greatest honors were his wife and family. He was a kind, loving, and caring husband and father.

We love him and miss him, but know that we'll be together again as a family.

He was preceded in death by his brother Perry and sister Grace (Sterling) Olson and Tony Reynolds, step-brother. He is survived by his sisters Wanda Holley, Ruth (John) Whitely, Mildred (Earl) Menden hall and Ann (Alma) Jensen. He is also survived by 24 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 22, 2000 at 11 a.m. in the Spanish Fork 4th Ward Chapel at 381 East 400 North in Spanish Fork. A viewing will be held at Walker Mortuary, 187 South Main in Spanish Fork, on Friday, July 21, 2000 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday morning prior to the services from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.