Lee Frank "Bill" Mace, 79, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, in Kanab, Utah.
He was born Sept. 5, 1926, in Kanab to Blanche Hicks and Charles Abraham Mace. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps which changed to the Air Force during his service. He was also an active member of American Legion Post 69. He married Shirley Ann Maricle on May 7, 1954, in Greeley, Colo.
Lee took pride in being active in his community, serving in politics, charitable organizations and on numerous advisory boards and committees. His political achievements include being a delegate to county and state political parties many times, delegate to the National Convention in 1968, serving as Uintah County Party chairman and being active in numerous campaigns over the years. He was a member and active in the Sons of Utah Pioneers, the Writer's Guild of St. George, the Kanab Library Board, the Private Industry Council in Logan and served on several boards under Gov. Rampton. He was a member of the Carpenter's Union for more than 40 years, was involved in the Wrangler's Union and was a member of the Cattlemen's Association.
He worked for many years in various positions in oil fields, and in his younger years had worked as an extra, double and horseman in many Western films in the Kanab area. He also worked for many years as a carpenter and as a rancher.
Lee was a man of very high integrity and character. He never had an enemy, always making friends with everyone. He had a great sense of humor, and was a great storyteller. He sang so well he could "make chickens lay double-yolked eggs." Above all, he was a great husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Mace of Kanab; children, Perry Lee Mace of Bountiful, Utah, Charles Allen Mace of Farr West, Utah, and Debra Ann (Wesley) Land of Logan; brother, Wayne C. (Phyllis) Mace of South Dakota; sister, Mary Ann (Lloyd) Ferguson of Boise, Idaho; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Kanab South LDS chapel. A viewing will be held from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Saturday at the chapel. Burial will be in the Kanab Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 69. Services arranged with Mosdell Mortuary of Kanab.
Published in the Herald Journal - Logan Utah Sept 16, 2005