Merle McClary

Merle David McClary

Sunday, March 16th, 1958 - Sunday, May 19th, 2019
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Merle (Mac) David McClary

Merle (Mac) David McClary passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 19th 2019 at the age of 61. Mac was born March 16th 1958 to Rosalie May McClary (Hess) and Henry Brown McClary of Chillicothe, Missouri. A successful student athlete, US Navy veteran, avid skier, mountaineer, and hot air balloon pilot - Mac did it all and he did it with gusto! He was a loving father, brother, and husband, married to his sweetheart Ruth for the last 12 years.

He is survived by his wife Ruth (Smeaton) McClary, and two sons: Jon Bowie (Lindsey) of Herriman, Utah, and David Bowie of Gainesville, Florida. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Mikayle, Saylor, and Stella, dear brother Henry (Cindy) McClary & nephew Trevor of Missouri, and Ruth’s children, Andrew, Brian, and Becky, of Ontario, Canada.

Mac touched many lives and will be fondly remembered for his love of life, and care-free spirit. He lived life how he wanted to live it and held nothing back in what he wanted to pursue. If he summarized his life it would be “he kicked ass and took names.”

A service for a celebration of Mac’s life will take place on June 8th at 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church,1339 W 400 N, Marriott-Slaterville, UT. In lieu of flowers, contributions made to the Memorial Fund at FUMC Marriott-Slaterville would be appreciated.
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    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 2:00pm
    Marriott-Slaterville FUMC
    1339 W. 400 N.
    Marriott-Slaterville, UT 84404
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Connie Baldwin

Posted at 09:31pm
I have probably 30 years of memories with Mac, and there was never a dull moment. Ruth, I'm so saddened and so sorry for your loss. Just know that you are not alone in this. Every time I talked to Mac on the phone, he always told me that he was so lucky to have you in his life and what a good woman you are. He spoke very highly of you. I just wanted you to know how much he really did love you.
Jon and David, I'm so sorry you lost your dad. My heart hurts for you both. He was so proud of you, I don't think either one of you ever realized how proud you really did make him. He loved you both and he loved his grandkids. Whenever he talked about you boys, there was always so much pride in his voice.
Henry, the last time I talked to Mac, which was about a week before he passed, he talked about you. He told me that you two had talked to each other and that you had a really good conversation. He felt really good about that. He loved you and he was worried about his brother, but talking to you seemed to put his mind at ease with you, so that was a good thing.
I'm keeping you all in my prayers. I'm sure going to miss his phone calls. Love to you all.

Taylor Dixon

Posted at 06:24pm
I learned piloting under Mac for a couple years when i was younger and out of all the fun one moment stuck with me. We had just finished a flight in Panguitch, UT and we were folding the balloon up and packing it, which can be a real hard especially because of the hustle required, and he said "You know, to lead you have to be the hardest worker". Now i run a business and there were countless times where that wisdom pushed me to go a little further. Rest in Peace Mac.

-Taylor Dixon

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