McKenzie, Donald A. (Mac)
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Passed away on July 8, 2014 at the age of 76. Donald (Mac) was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife Alyn Virgene McNew of 55 years, son James McKenzie of Scottsdale, daughter Patricia (Robert) Hops of Victor, NY, 5 grandchildren, and sister Ann Campbell of Hobart, IN. He is predeceased by his parents James and Elizabeth McKenzie of Gary, IN, daughter Mary Gentry of San Marcos, CA, and nephew Ryan Campbell of Hobart, IN. Mac was the oldest of two children born in Gary, IN. Mac received a BS in Economics from Purdue University in 1960 and worked for various dental products companies. He moved to Scottsdale in 1980 and opened the US branch of GC America Dental Products where he was the General Manager then Vice Chairman His career in the dental industry includes serving on the board of directors for the American Dental Trade Association, now the Dental Trade Alliance. He served as Treasurer and Chairman of the Board of ADTA and received their Distinguished Service Award. He served on the Board of Directors for Oral Health America and was instrumental in developing their National Spit Tobacco Program in 1994. He was the recipient of their Gala Tribute Award in 2013. He was awarded the Indiana University School of Dentistry Spirit of Philanthropy Award and made an honorary member of their Alumni Association. He served as the Chairman of the Dean's Advisory Board of Southern Illinois University's School of Dental Medicine for 15 years and started the largest fundraising event in the school's history, a golf tournament named "the Mac McKenzie Prophy Cup Challenge". He was given the only Distinguished Services Award ever given by the Dental School and made an honorary member of their Alumni Association. He is an honorary fellow of The International College of Dentists. Mac was also involved in many philanthropic activities. He was instrumental in creating three clinics to provide dental services to disadvantaged children, two in the Phoenix area and one in Los Angeles. One of the Phoenix clinics is located at the Gompers Center where he served on the Board of Directors for 13 years and was Chairman for 9 years. He started a program with a mobile dental clinic in Scottsdale that is associated with the Boys and Girls Club and the Champions PGA Tour. He was a member of Kiwanis International for over 30 years and was named a Distinguished President. Mac was awarded the prestigious Hon Kachina Award for volunteerism in the Phoenix area in 1998. Mac received a heart transplant from University of Arizona Medical Center in 1990 and was one of their longest living survivors. A memorial visitation will be held at Messinger Mortuary,7601 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale on Sunday, July 13th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm with rosary at 4:30. Funeral mass will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Community, 10815 N. 84th Street, Scottsdale Monday, July 14th at 10:00 am. Contributions can be made to Oral Health America, oralhealthamerica.org. No flowers please.
7601 E. Indian School Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 11, 2014