Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, educator, and friend, Jerald Mac Fugal passed away on 30 May 2022, at the age of 78.
Mac was born on 1 November 1943 in American Fork, Utah, to Maxine Robinson and Jean Aldous Fugal. He graduated from Pleasant Grove High School, where he excelled in Future Farmers of America. As a member of the Dairy Cattle Judging Team, he won several state competitions and competed on a national level. Mac served a mission in Argentina for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). After his mission, Mac attended Brigham Young University (BYU), majoring in history and Spanish. There, he met Patsy Jean Allred. They married in the Salt Lake Temple 29 July 1966.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from BYU, Mac served four years active duty in Army Intelligence. The Vietnam War stationed Mac (and his growing family) at Ft. Mead, MD.; Santa Rosa, CA.; Bangkok, Thailand; and Ft. Hood, TX. Upon completion of his military service, he returned to BYU and earned his MBA and teaching certificate. For 31 years, he taught every grade from 2nd to 5th in the Jordan School District—but 4th grade was his favorite. Because he loved teaching, he continued to substitute teach another 13 years after his “official” retirement in 2004.
Mac passed away on Memorial Day, which was fitting. He loved his family, his country, all music, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He served faithfully in many leadership and teaching positions within the Church. He had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and enjoyed teaching Gospel Doctrine. Mac loved music and had a strong bass voice. Singing filled Mac’s home, from family musical numbers to Mac singing “Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words” when the kids argued. When that didn’t work, he and Pat would escape to the Uintas and go camping; they went camping a lot.
Mac is dearly loved and will be missed by his wife (Pat), children Mike (Rachael), Matt (Tammie), Jeri (Tim) Mellor, Laura (Damon) Bunting, Mark (Corinne), Eric (Jinsuk), Shayne (Angela) Durrant, and 21 grandchildren. Mac was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jean Paul, and sister Anne.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, 5 June 2022 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Moroni 1st Ward, located at 82 North Center Street in Moroni, UT.
Funeral services will be held Monday, 6 June 2022 at 11:00 am at the American Fork 29th Ward building, located at 455 East 300 North in American Fork, UT. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9:30am to 10:30am. Services directed by Rasmussen Mortuary.
Life Story Info
Dear Fugal Family,
Mr. Fugal was one of our teachers at Southland Elementary School in Riverton. I remember him as being a strict, but fair teacher. I also remember him loving a good joke. He was always kind to us as students and his laugh was great because it meant you had said something truly funny. His teaching uniform of a yellow dress shirt and brown slacks was classic!! Thank you for sharing him with all of his students. He was an incredible teacher!
I’m truly sorry for your loss.
Pat, I was so sorry to hear of Mac's passing. How I wish I cold be with all of you and become acquainted again. I remember you and Mac sharing a meal with us in your back yard and hearing of your industrious life of farming,, gardening, hand crafted works of art and every thing home--made. You and Mac were a team above many. The two of you made a sweet impact upon my life. We are living in assisted living in Springville and have no way to be to the funeral. But I will be thinking of you - please give every one our love and sympathy. Rulon and Joye (Rulon suffers with dementia.)
Hello Joy- I am slow seeing this. I am sorry to hear that Rulon isn't doing well. We missed you at the funeral. I am not sure if you got word about the link and were able to watch the service real time. If not... this obituary posting has the link at the end. They save a recording of it for 60 days. So if you would like to watch it you still can.
The music is never as good through a zoom recording as in real life, but I hope you feel the spirit anyway.
We love you both. May God bless and keep you always.
Laura (mac and Pat's daughter.
Dear Pat & family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We have fond memories of Mac from the two times we met him many years ago, during our vacations in the USA. Mac was so welcoming and hospitable, something we will always remember and treasure.
Lis, Seppel & Melanie Kansy
(Adelaide, South Australia)