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Lawrence Mack Ford

May 26, 1937 ~ April 29, 2019 (age 81)

Lawrence Mack Ford, age 81, our family king and daddy passed away at his home peacefully on April 29th, 2019 incident due to age including a stroke and pneumonia. He spent the week in the hospital, and we were lucky enough to bring him home to pass. Mack was born in Ogden, UT on May 26, 1937, the middle child, to Lawrence “Pete” (Laurence) Valentine & Llewellen Maurene (Burrows) Ford. Mack was raised in Huntsville and Ogden.  He attended Ogden High School.

Mack joined the Navy as a young man serving from August 1954 to January 1965. He served as a Sea-Bee and also spent time in Guam and Adak, Alaska. He often talked about the Navy and took lots of pictures and films while serving.  He was proud of his service to our country and we thank him for his service.

Mack married Colleen Peterson and together they had two daughters, Debra and Susan. They later divorced. Colleen later passed away.

Mack met and married Patricia "Pat" Lee Cahoon in Elko, NV on November 28th, 1960 and were married for 53 wonderful years. Together they had three girls, Cindy, “Baby Girl”, and Patti. Baby Girl passed away due to complications at birth. They lived in Farmington, UT for 46 years, where all the girls were all raised.

Mack enjoyed golfing, hunting, camping, fishing, gardening, and barbecuing. He enjoyed each of these with his girls.  He took each of his girls out individually for these activities and that was our time with him. Dad spoiled each one of us in our own special way and we were all his favorites. Dad was always a handyman around the house and taught us how to do it right or don't do it at all right alongside with him. Being a girl was never accepted as an excuse to not be our best or not be able to do something.

He took care of his girls and taught us what a real man is. Dad took us fishing, hunting, camping and taught us to change oil on the cars, yard work, and never let us use the excuse that we couldn't do something because we were girls. He even taught our girls how to do things. We didn't ever get away with half-assing anything either. We either did it right or we wasted his time and that was not acceptable. His work ethics were so strong, and he expected that of us. He brought out the best in all of his girls and was proud of us each individually.  

Mack worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 43 years. First in Ogden then later in Salt Lake City as a Diesel Mechanic Foreman. Mack had many friends from his time working at the railroad including Dale Roberts. Dale often visited Dad at home when he could no longer travel as they enjoyed reminiscing of the good ‘ole days.  Dad valued this friendship greatly.

There were many Mack-isms as we used to call them.  When we would say “Love you dad” he would reply back “Love me too” and grin big.  This was him not showing his soft side, but we all knew it was there. When we would leave and say, "See you later dad" he would always reply "thanks for the warning" So dad this is your warning.... you will see us later. We will continue to make you proud.

Mack is preceded in death by his Sweetheart Patricia “Pat” Lee Cahoon, daughters “Baby Girl” and Susan Bithell siblings, Joan Allen and Katherine Helmick and his Parents. He leaves behind and is survived by his daughters Debra (Fil) Martinez of Layton, Cindy (Homelo) Vaitaki of Kaysville, and Patti (Trace) Middleton of Ogden including 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Dad was stubborn in life and stubborn in death. But those who got to know him knew he was truly a softy at heart. He would do anything to help you if he could. Dad it is time now for you to take care of Mom, we know how much you have missed her, your girls are going to be okay, you have taught us well.

The family would like to give special thanks to Ana for the loving care she provided to our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather over the past year.

Services held on Saturday, May 4th (be with him) at Leavitt’s Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park 836 36th Street, Ogden, UT.  Viewing from 9-10:45 followed by graveside services at 11 am.

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