Lee Frank â€œBillâ€ Mace, age 79, died on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 in Kanab, Utah. Born on September 5, 1926 in Kanab to Blanche Hicks and Charles Abraham Mace.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air
Corp which changed to the Air Force during his service, and
was an active member of American Legion Post 69. He married Shirley Ann Maricle on May 7, 1954 in Greeley, Colorado. 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, a 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 Writerâ€™s Guild of St. George, the Kanab Library Board, the
Private Industry Council in Logan, and served on several boards under Governor Rampton. He was a member of the Carpenterâ€™s Union for over 40 years, was involved in the Wranglerâ€™s Union, and was a member of the Cattlemenâ€™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 â€œmake chickens lay double-yolked eggs.â€ Above all he was a great husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include wife Shirley Mace of Kanab; children Perry
Lee Mace of Bountiful, UT, Charles Allen Mace of Farr West,
UT, and Debra Ann (Wesley) Land of Logan, Utah; 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 were held on Saturday, September 17, 2005
in the Kanab Utah South LDS Chapel. Burial was in the Kanab Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 69. Services arranged with Mosdell Mortuary of Kanab.
Published in the Southern Utah News Sept 21, 2005