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McRae James Frischknecht

Riverton, Utah

Feb 25, 1962 – Jan 30, 2018


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Family Funeral Care Utah Obituary

McRae James Frischknecht, 55, passed away Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 at 5:55pm surrounded by his family after a grueling battle with Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease. He was generally known as Mac, however he was called many names throughout his life signifying the different roles he has played in all...

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In my life, the best teachers were the ones who believed I could succeed and created the conditions in which I could. One day, Frisch posed the problem of needing to figure out how long it would take to fill a pool with two hoses of differing fill rates (for example: one can fill it in 4 hours and the other takes 2). Rather than going straight into the formula, he asked the students for ideas to solve it. Suggestions were made and he entertained each by working out what he could on the...

Dear Frischknecht family,
I am one of the many students Mr. Frisch had in math. When I heard the news, I thought back on the times in his class and the impact he had on me.
He taught much more than just math. He thought a lot about being a good, happy person. I remember one day in particular. Someone was grumbling about it being Monday again and Mr. Frisch said, "You hate all Mondays? That means you hate 1/7 of your life and that's not worth it!! Wow, math can...

I send my love to the Frischknecht family. My heart goes out to you at this sorrowful time. I have many wonderful memories of times at Riverton and a wonderful trip with the choir students with Mac joining us. Mac has made a huge difference in my life and the life of hundreds of students because of his dedication and positive way of teaching and reaching out. I am so happy to have known him.

I had you as a math teacher years ago at Alta High School. You changed my outlook on math, which I excelled at in college and is a key part of my profession. More than that, you were a friend and mentor who made class fun everyday. I've never experienced a high school class where friendships were so easily fostered among all of us there -- which had so much to do with the tone that you set. God be with you 'til we meet again.

Tania and the Frischknecht-Lythgoe families

Our deepest sympathies. My wife and I are so sorry for your loss. We pray for you and your loved ones and know you will come through this with deep testimony and closeness to the Lord as you place your trust and faith in Him. This is so hard and sad to experience such a loss.

Tania, words cannot express the loss. When I think back to high school and hanging around with Mac and friends there is no one who I thought was more kind and put together than Mac. He was a light way back then, he will be a great example and light forever. I am so grateful yours and my path crossed as well. If you ever need a shoulder or a Diet Coke give me a call. Love you! God bless you and your family at this trying time. What a blessing it is to have the gospel when we face such...

Dear Tania and Family,
I worked with Mac during the years he was at Alta High. He was such a great guy, always friendly and dedicated to teaching and all he was involved with. I haven't seen Mac for years, reading his life story brought back fond memories. It was also a beautiful tribute to his family, expressing the type of love he was able to show and what an example that was to others. I extend my sincere thoughts and prayers, may you find comfort in the memories you have and...

Tania, words cannot express how sorry I am that Mac has left the world. My life has been made so much better because I got to know you and your wonderful family. The years I spent serving with Mac in our Stake callings greatly blessed my life. He was always so cheerful and kind. I was truly devastated when I heard of his illness, and I am so grateful that I had a chance to spend some time with you, Caleb, & Mac a couple of weeks ago prior to his passing. He brightened my day during that...

I first met Mac almost 20 years ago, when he was serving as the Stake Executive Secretary. However, I first became acquainted with the Frischknecht family when his brother Jay was my first missionary companion in California. When I met Mac, he was surprised that I could pronounce his last name, and that I actually knew how to spell it. Mac has been a great friend and inspiration to me. Because of other commitments, I will not be able to attend the visitation or the funeral, but please...