Mack Lemore Wilkey fell “head over heels in love” with MorRae Blain; they were married August 17, 1950 in the Manti Temple. After thirteen years of missing her daily presence, as of his passing February 9, they are together again.
She supported his early mornings of drivers ed, enjoyment of mountain time particularly with her father Max Blain and their sons, and his nineteen year coaching career which included basketball, football, track, boxing, swimming, and tennis. As a sophomore at Juab High School, he was cut from the basketball team. After hours of determined practice, he not only made the team but went on to play at Snow College and at Utah State University. Always a coach, he continued his love of sports through grandchildren and adopted grandchildren in the community. As a coach, he was uncompromising in maintaining team integrity, discipline and unity. He’d want everyone of the 24 grandchildren and the greats, all 44 of them, and a great-great grandson coming in April to hear his recounting of the basketball championship of “69.” That year he was chosen High School Coach of the Year; later he was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.
MorRae appreciated his large garden and the harvest; he’d love to brag about his monster squash, “best” carrots in Sanpete County and lemon elberta peaches. At 92, he gardened, conquered “millions” of weeds, and mowed his own lawn.
Mack appreciated MorRae’s homemade bread, dill pickles, and jam. Not only did he miss her cooking, but he learned to make all three, extraordinarily. Grandchildren affectionately call him the “pancake king.” He’d make delicious whole wheat pancakes and explain all the wonders of Kolob at the same time.
Mack and MorRae treasured their adventures with her sisters Sherrol and Carolyn and their husbands, and also with his family. His sisters Gayle, Marie and step sister Sandra will miss their older brother. His brother Neil and their parents Clarence Wilkey and Helen McPherson preceded them in death.
M and M - that’s how Mack would sign in beautiful handwriting - spent fifteen years serving together in the Manti Temple. As a temple sealer, he was honored to perform the ordinance for grandchildren and great grandchildren. M and M supported one another in responsibilities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many capacities including bishop, Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward and Snow College Married Ward, stake high councilor, teacher of seminary and gospel doctrine, and Cub Scout Master. The latter suited well a man who was not afraid to have fun, wear a crazy outfit or dance.
Dancing! He loved to dance with the little grandchildren, and he enjoyed the dancing performances of granddaughters. He also liked to entertain grandchildren with homemade games and his stories. In a visit, he may pull out some of the many charts he had made for his multiple teaching opportunities. His lettering was masterful. His favorite poster was his plan of salvation chart. His artistic talent also included teaching art, throwing pottery, and oil painting.
Music was also dear to him and MorRae. They not only sang duets together-particularly “Abide with Me” at funerals-but also in family gatherings. They supported their children’s and grandchildren’s musical performances. He was also called upon to speak in coaching clinics, conferences and yes, in funerals.
Mack was firm in his testimony of the restored gospel and the divine mission of Joseph Smith. He received a witness of the Book of Mormon while on board ship, the US Randall, as part of 147th Army Artillery bound for Korea and the conflict there. While in Korea, he and army buddies built the first chapel of the Church there.
Upon his passing, many family members and friends commented, “Bless his heart. He fought the good fight. Now on to the victory kiss with his eternal queen and their happy dance. I hope Heavenly Father lets us peek at reunions in the next life.” Truly he did “return with honor.”
His children and spouses, Dave (Loralee), Debra (Steven Howell), Kevin (Ruth), Kim (Christine), and Michelle (Glenn Day) thank his loyal friends, hospice team, ward “family” and all those he coached, taught, and influenced.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. February 18 and 11:30 am - 12:30 pm February 19 at the Mt. Pleasant Stake Center, 295 South State. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm February 19, Mt. Pleasant Stake Center. Interment in the Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery. Online memories may be written at rasmussenmortuary.com. In lieu of flowers, Mack suggests contributions to your preferred humanitarian aid organization or to the missionary fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Life Story Info
Dear Wilkey Cousins,
I’m so sorry for the loss Uncle Mack. I sure have some fond memories of Uncle Mack, with Christmas parties, being in his school art classes, I believe I even skipped out on a few of his classes and he never said a word to me. I loved him as my drivers Ed class driver. He was always so sweet and respectful.
I’m so happy that he has joined Aunt MoRae. But he will be missed dearly.
I will not be able to attend the funeral services today, firbI have not been feeling well. I hope to be able to watch the services online.
Love you all.
Sandy and Corinne Larsen
There are moments in life when you stop and reflect.
Those moments come when a person you have great respect for is called home by our heavenly father.
A man that was not only a pillar within the community, but a man that faced adversity, struggles within life, overcame and dedicated his life to the development, coaching, teaching, expression of art, his profound leadership skills, with his ability, willingness to listen.
Today our father in heaven has received one of the best as we are left to carry on his leadership, development, and coaching is complete. It is our time to take what he has taught us, apply it step on onto the court, and carry on. We never say goodbye, we simply, say until we meet again.