McClary, Merle D.  1958-2019

Merle (Mac) David McClary, passes away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the age of 61.

Mac was born in Chillicothe, Missouri, on March 16, 1958, to Rosalie May (Hess) McClary of Chillicothe and Henry Brown McClary, Sr. of Kingstree, South Carolina.

Mac is survived by: his wife of 12 years, Ruth (Smeaton) McClary of Ogden, Utah; and two sons, Jon Bowie and wife, Lindsey of Herriman, Utah, and David Bowie of Gainesville, Florida; and his cherished grandchildren, Mikayle, Saylor, and Stella.

He is also survived by: his brother, Henry McClary and wife, Cindy,; and nephew, Trevor of Lees Summit, Missouri.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Rosalie and Henry McClary of Knob Noster, Missouri.

Mac was very interested in sports growing up and graduated from Knob Noster High School, Knob Noster, in 1976. He was selected as a High School All-American in Football and Track. Mac earned Conference and District honors as a cornerback in football and earned awards in Pole Vaulting at local track meets plus Conference, District and State competitions. He still currently holds the high school record in pole vaulting.

He earned a scholarship to University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri, where he earned two Varsity letters for indoor and outdoor track and played on the varsity ruby team. Mac was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Mac joined the Navy in 1980 and served four years in the Atlantic Fleet crossing into the Mediterranean Sea many times and learned how to navigate by the stars and play guitar. After his enlistment he returned to UCM and graduated with a Masters Degree in Industrial Safety and Hygiene.

Mac was a skilled skier and spent many years as a mountain climber. He spoke of climbing the Tetons in Wyoming and The Great Denali of Alaska. Mac loved the outdoors and took up ballooning, became a hot air balloon pilot, and owned and operated the Ogden Valley Ballooning company that offered public flights. He traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the yearly Balloon Festival where he liked to compete. Mac truly lived life to the fullest and will be greatly missed.

A service for a celebration of Macs life will take place 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at First United Methodist Church, 1339 W. 400 N., Marriott-Slaterville, UT.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made to the Memorial Fund at FUMC Marriott-Slaterville would be appreciated. As published in the Daily Star Journal.

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