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Waldo Lincoln Macey "Walt" 1919 ~ 2009 Walt, 90, returned to his Heavenly Father on September 14, 2009, to be reunited with his loved ones. He was born Feb. 12, 1919, in Logan, Utah, to Susannah and Ainley Macey. He pondered often his childhood in Logan with his three adventuresome brothers and always considered Logan to be his home. There he met and courted his beloved sweetheart, Mary. They were married for time and all eternity on June 3, 1941, in the Logan Temple. Mary and Walt are the loving parents of five children. Mary passed away in 1987. During World War II, Walt served in the U. S. Coast Guard in the South Pacific. Upon returning home, he began his career in the grocery industry, and with a partner, Dale Jones, soon opened Save A Nickel Markets. When the partnership dissolved, Walt founded Macey's Markets; and with the help of his family and valued employees, Macey's grew to nine stores throughout the Intermountain Region until the company was sold in 1999. Walt was prominent in local and national grocery associations and served for over 30 years on grocery industry boards. He was Chairman of the Board of NARGUS (National Assn. of Retail Grocers) and the first Chairman of NGA (National Grocers' Assn). Walt was the recipient of numerous local and national awards and was recognized throughout the country as a progressive, independent grocer. He was the keynote speaker at over 30 state grocery association conventions throughout the country. He was a fiercely independent businessman, a champion of the free enterprise system, and an avowed patriot with a deep love for the Flag of the United States. He married Anne Snow in 1991 and enjoyed 18 years with Anne by his side. He is preceded in death by his wife Mary; granddaughter Michelle; brothers Herb, Woolley and Row and sister Lucilla. He is survived by his wife Anne; sons Ken (Robin), Randy, Marty (Kerri); daughters Pamela (Barry) Gardiner, Mary Lynn (Taylor) Duncan; 23 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren; two step-sons Scott Snow, Michael Snow; four-step daughters Patrice Whitby, Kathleen McKean, Tina Osborn, Allyson Christoff; 20 step-grand-children and six step-great-grand-children. The family wishes to extend a thank you to the caregivers at the Veterans' Nursing Home who lovingly cared for Walt for many months. A special mention is given to Randy Macey, Walt's son, for the devoted companionship and care he gave to his father. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Monument Park 11th Ward, 1565 So. Foothill Dr., Salt Lake City, UT. Viewings will be held on Friday, September 18, 2009 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 So. in Salt Lake and also one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the 11th Ward chapel. Interment will be in the Logan City Cemetery at 3 p.m.

Published in Deseret News from Sept. 17 to Sept. 18, 2009
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