Marcia Claire Crofts McClain was born on January 6, 1946 in Portland, Oregon, the youngest of four daughters of Alicia Irene Dansie and Hyrum Crofts. She passed away peacefully on Saturday evening March 6, 2021 at 7pm surrounded by her family at her home in Draper.
Marcia is a descendant of early Utah pioneers on her mother’s side and her father was an immigrant from England to Utah at the age of 10. Marcia grew up in Menlo Park, California, graduated from BYU and taught school for several years at Olympus Junior High in Holladay, Utah before marrying Jerry Glynn McClain in 1974 in the Oakland Temple and moving to New York City.
Their first son, Ryan, was born in Greenwich, Connecticut and the McClain family moved to Salt Lake City in 1977 where Christopher and Jennifer were born. Marcia was a terrific mother and expended most of her energy caring for her family, but still was able to spend a little time with her art projects. She was an accomplished artist, but her art was intended just for family and not the world. Marcia oversaw the family’s many moves through the years, as transfers took them to the Boston area, back to Utah, then on to Jakarta, Indonesia before they decided to retire in Utah. Marcia then took the opportunity to become a tour guide for organized tour groups from around the world, showing them the sights of the Salt Lake area and taking them to a performance of the Choir at Temple Square. She also continued her artwork, taking in students at her home art studio in Holladay.
Marcia was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many leadership capacities, including Relief Society President and Primary President. Her sweet personality and even temperament won over many people who came to love her.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry, and three children, Ryan Nathan (Tiffany), Christopher Sean (Christine) and Jennifer Eran (Jason McCann) as well as five grandchildren, Sean Ryan, Brea Christine, and Daxon Christopher McClain, Dorothy Eran Merle and Henry Arthur William McCann. She is also survived by a sister Shirley (James) Monroe. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sisters Dorothy (Todd) Britsch and Beverly (David) Fuhriman.
Services at Larkin Mortuary of Riverton will be for immediate family only.
Friends and extended family are invited to participate via streaming in consideration of Covid-19 regulations on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. MST.
Interment will be in the Herriman City Cemetery.