Mack Swain, our wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully in his sleep September 27, 2012 from natural causes. Mack is a man whose promises have all been fulfilled, a man who died happy with his life, his family and God, aging gracefully and leaving this world the way he had always wanted.
Born in Daniel, Utah August 21, 1926 to Joseph F and Lacy Watson Swain, Mack was the youngest of seven children. His father passed away when he was a teenager and Mack worked two jobs to support the family. As a senior at Provo High School he was one of the few young men selected into the Naval Air Corps Officer Training program, providing him a commission in the Navy and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946 and married his high school sweetheart LaRie Kay August 27, 1947 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were married 65 years and have three daughters, 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Mack built their first home in Edgemont. They moved to Orem where he worked for Geneva Steel for over 30 years, becoming General Superintendent of Central Maintenance. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dearly loved by his ward family.
A master craftsman and handyman, Dad could build anything and he could fix anything. He loved doing all kinds of projects in his basement woodshop, including furniture and rocking horses. He loved to solve problems and was so good at it. He never procrastinated. He was a model of self-reliance and hard work. He loved his country. He loved to golf, work in his yard, and watch BYU sports and the Utah Jazz. But more than anything, he loved his family. His children and grandchildren have been coming to Granny and Grandpa's house in Orem for over 50 years.
Mack is survived by his wife LaRie and sister Mima Daniels. He is so proud of his daughters and the men they married: Karla (Douglas) Jenkins, Connie (Michael) Stratton, and Jolene (Joe) Swenson.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 at 11 am with a viewing from 9:45 to 10:45 at the Sunset Heights 2nd Ward Chapel, 1260 South 400 West, Orem, Utah. Interment will be at East Lawn Cemetery in Provo.
--Source: Daily Herald, Provo, UT, 1 Oct 2012. ______________