Olive Beth & Grant Miller Mack

Olive Beth Kimball Mack

July 31, 1922 — September 14, 2018


Olive Beth Kimball Mack died on Friday, September 14, 2018 from the natural affects caused by 96 years of an amazingly full and abundant life.

Her mortal journey started in Safford, AZ on July 31, 1922. “Bobby” as she was called by her family and friends was the second of four children and the only daughter of Spencer W. and Camilla Eyring Kimball. Her life was full of adventure, laughter, service, love and dedication to her family, friends, church, and the Savior that she loved so much.

She was married to Grant Miller Mack in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on December 6, 1943. They were blessed with 7 children.

Her love for people was demonstrated in the 19 years she served as an elementary school teacher. She also enjoyed 22 years singing and traveling the world as an alto in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She was a devoted wife, and raised and influenced three generations of grateful descendants.

Bobby was known for her friendliness, generosity, patience, and compassion. She loved parties and entertaining. She had talent for music, sewing, and a remarkable ability to efficiently prepare wonderful meals for large gatherings. Later in life she developed a love for oil painting and her artwork graces the homes of each of her children and grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brothers Spencer Levan Kimball and Edward L. Kimball.

Survivors include her brother Andrew (Phyllis) Kimball, her 7 children, Miriam (Lynn) Richins, Randall (Patricia) Mack, Stephen (Rosita) Mack, William (Sandra) Mack, Spencer (Jane) Mack, Thomas (Allison) Mack, and Camilla (Steve) Conaway and her 192 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A special thanks to all those who so tenderly cared for her in her final years. The numerous visits from family and friends in the final months of her life meant everything to her. And the joy she felt from each call or visit was returned in kind. Each was blessed by her pleasant and infectiously cheerful company.

Services to celebrate her remarkable life will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 4395 South Albright Drive (2145 E.), Holladay, Utah 84124 at 1 pm, Friday, September 21, 2018. The viewing will be Thursday, September 20th at the same address from 6-8 and 11:00-12:30 am prior to the service on September 21st.

Funeral Directors: Memorial Holladay~Cottonwood Mortuary. Interment will be at Memorial Holladay Cemetery following the funeral. 

[Deseret News, September 19, 2018]


Grant Miller Mack

 June 17, 1920 -- July 7, 1993


Grant Miller Mack died of cancer, July 7, 1993, at his home in Salt Lake City.

He was born in Inspiration, Arizona, June 17, 1920 to Floyd Malone and Cora Larson Mack.He was a World War II veteran, successful businessman, active LDS Church leader and teacher, and served a mission in New England.

When he became blind in his 40's, he decided to be an "Effective Blind Man." He refused to be intimidated by life. Grant and his guide dogs traveled over a million miles in the interest of the blind to every state, to Saudi Arabia, Russia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Canada.

He has served as president of Board Members of the Utah Council of the Blind, AM. Council of the Blind, Am. Foundation for the Blind. North American Region of the World Blind Union, Nat'l Accreditation Council, Nat'l Industries for the Blind, Affiliated, Leadership League for Blind of America, president's Commission for Employment of People with Disabilities, International Guiding Eyes.

President Clinton awarded him a Distinguished Service Award on June 27, for "promoting the dignity, equality, independence, and employment of people with disabilities."

He is survived by his mother, Cora; brothers, Reed and Wayne; his wife of 50 years, Olive Beth (Bobby) Kimball; seven children; 35 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Children are, Mariam Richins (Lynn), Ventura, Calif.; Randall Mack (Patricia), San Jose, Calif.; Stephen Mack (Deborah), Rexburg, Id.; William Mack (Sandra), West Jordan; Spencer Mack (Jane), Orem; Thomas Mack (Allison), Idaho Falls, Id.; Camilla Conaway (Steven), Fillmore, Calif.

An eternal optimist, his sense of humor and natural friendliness brought him innumerable and lasting friends.

Viewing Friday from 6-8:30 p.m. at MacKay Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 Highland Dr., and Saturday, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Funeral 11 a.m., Saturday, July 10, 1993, Holladay 24th Ward, 4395 So. Albright Dr. (2145 E.).

Contributions may be made to Grant Mack Foundation for the Blind, c/o Utah Industries for the Blind, 1595 West 500 South, SLC, Ut. 84104

[Deseret News, July 9, 1993]