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Boyd Mackay

September 16, 1926 — October 17, 2016

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BOYD REX MACKAY of Taylorsville, Utah, passed from this mortal life surrounded by family on Monday, October 17, 2016.

He was born on September 16, 1926 in Taylorsville to John Rex Mackay and Melva Maud Pugh Mackay.  After serving an LDS mission in the Northern States Mission, Boyd married the love of his life, GAYLE POWELL on October 1, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple.  Together they raised ten children: Michael Boyd Mackay (deceased, December 28, 1966), Brad (Penny) Mackay, Kent (Cindy) Mackay, Bart (LuAnn) Mackay, Linda (Larry) Nash, Greg (Sheila) Mackay, Joel Mackay, Susan (Drew) Purdy, Bret (Barbara) Mackay, and Ellen (Darren) Idler.

Soon after marriage, Boyd and Gayle moved their small family from Taylorsville to Columbia Basin area of eastern Washington where he pursued his dream of farming and raising a large family.  His family and love of the Savior were the primary focus of his life.  Boyd was known as a man of great integrity, compassion, and unconditional love, establishing lasting friendships and associations throughout his life.  Boyd was a friend to all and spent his life in selfless service, to his dear wife and family, to his church, to his neighbors and friends regardless of race, nationality, gender or personal beliefs.  He loved his Savior Jesus Christ and showed that love by living his life as his faithful, devoted disciple to the end.

He is survived by his wife Gayle; 9 children; 37 grandchildren; and 81 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by sisters, Jeanne (Dick) Jensen, Joyce (Darrell) Parsons, and Lorna (Ken) Mackay.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Norene (Tom) Clark and Marian (Conrad) Fuller, and brother John Ralph Mackay.

A funeral will be held at the Taylorsville North Stake Center at 1250 West. Atherton Drive, Taylorsville, Utah, on Saturday, October 22 at 1:00 p.m. A viewing will also be held at the Taylorsville North Stake Center on Friday evening, October 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as well as immediately preceding the funeral at 12:00 noon. For more information on Boyd, his faithful life and family, we invite you to visit

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