Utah businessman Mac Christensen, founder of Mr. Mac stores, dies at 85

Mac Christensen. Image: mormonwiki.com

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 12, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Mac Christensen, known for founding Mr. Mac clothing stores that outfitting generations of LDS missionaries, and for his civic duty and service to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has died at age 85.

“He cared about how you looked on the outside — but more importantly he cared about how you looked on the inside,” Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said of Christensen. “He was known for his kindness, his service and his charitable giving. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.”

Former Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch also tweeted about the loss of Christensen:

“Mac was a powerful force for good in this world, helping men of all ages look their best selves to be their best selves,” the statement says, in part.

“A sharp dresser and even sharper mind, Mac always used his talents to help, uplift and inspire those around him — whether as a CEO or one of one of the biggest clothing retailers in Utah or as the President of the Tabernacle Choir. I am personally grateful for Mac’s example and the abundant love and kindness she showed me over so many years of friendship.”

A Wikipedia page on Christensen says he opened his first store, in Bountiful, in 1964.

Other accomplishments it lists are serving as the director of the visitors’ center of the LDS Church’s Washington, D.C., temple; serving eight years on the Weber State University Board of Trustees; co-chairing Hatch’s 2006 Senate re-election campaign; and being awarded a 2011 honorary degree from Weber State University.

Christensen and wife Joan had eight children. Son Steve, a Salt Lake City businessman, was killed by document forger Mark Hofmann in 1985.

Christensen retired from his business in 1997 when he and his wife were called to serve at the D.C. temple, according to MormonWiki.com. He sold the Mr. Mac clothing business to his three surviving son and a son-in-law, the page says.


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