Max Lee Pinegar
1931 - 2014
Walker Sanderson Funeral Home - Orem
646 East 800 North
Orem, UT
Sept. 18, 1931 ~ Feb. 26, 2014
Max Lee Pinegar, age 82, after fighting a good fight, passed away on the 26th of Feb. 2014, in Provo, UT surrounded by his loving family. Born the 18th of Sept. 1931 in Orem, UT, Max and his twin Rex were the youngest of 10 born to John Franklin Pinegar and Grace Murl Ellis. Lynne Frances Johnson became his bride on the 21st of Dec. 1962 in the Manti Temple. Loyal native of Spanish Fork, Max graduated high school in 1949 and then served in the Utah Air Guard from 1951-52. He was a faithful missionary in the Netherlands from 1953-56 and graduated from BYU with a Finance & Accounting degree in 1961, having been the student body president. He presided over the Netherlands Mission 1971-74 and the LTM/MTC 1974-79. In 2003 he retired from Nu Skin after 15 years as General Manager and Senior VP. Max loved his family dearly. He treasured this beautiful country, his neighbors, friends, and his church. Living his testimony, Max valiantly served the Lord as a bishop, high councilor, stake president, mission and MTC president and patriarch. Above all he was a devoted home teacher.
Max is survived by his wife Lynne; children Lauren (Tracy) Allred, Tyler, Paula (Joseph) Ware, Stanford (Marilyn), Spencer (Heather), Christina (Charles) Patten, and Matthew (Kristina); 26 ½ grandchildren; sister Murl; brothers Rex and Lynn; and scores of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Mon, 3rd of March at 11 am at the Orem Northridge Stake Center, 1674 N 200 W followed by burial at the Orem City Cemetery. Viewings will be held Sun, 2nd of March from 6-8 pm at Walker Sanderson at 646 E 800 N, Orem, and from 9:30-10:45 prior to services at the Stake Center. Condolences may be offered to the family online at

Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Feb. 28 to Mar. 2, 2014.
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Max was my patriarch and I went to his house to receive my blessing in October 2000. I remember feeling the spirit so strong under the hands of this spiritual giant. I didn't know him much more, but often have thought of him through the years as I have gone back to my blessing.
shawn jensen
April 9, 2017
28 December 2015

I was absolutely stunned to learn of President Pinegar's passing. I had occasion to learn of it as my wife, Wendy, and I are currently laboring in the Family and Church Headquarters Mission in SLC. I was recently assigned to update the history of the Church in The Netherlands and of course immediately looked up the years 1971-1973 and saw Max's name as the president. As mission secretary for ten months, it was my privilege to work shoulder to shoulder with President (and his family) in the mission home on Amersfoortsestraatweg. I have nothing but the fondest of memories of the Pinegars. President was the epitome of fatherhood and leadership in the Church. He was and always will be one of my heroes. My deepest condolences, although late, to Sister Pinegar (still have a hard time switching to Lynne and Max) and the family. I will be in mourning for him although I know he is busily engaged in divine work elsewhere. Some things never change.
Stephen Beck
December 28, 2015
When I saw that the London Temple visitor centre had a new missionary couple by the name Pinegar, I hoped it was perhaps Brother Max Pinegar the mission president when my parents joined the Church in the Netherlands. A search sadly brought me to this condolences book. I was 6 when my parents joined the church and in between their decision to get baptised and the actual baptism my father had a serious car accident in Sweden. My mother had to move to Belgium on her own. President Pinegar saw a need and dealt with it. For weeks he would allow missionaries to come from Eindhoven to Opoeteren (Belgium, at least 1 hour drive) to support my mother with getting the new house and garden ready. I don´t remember much of that but I do remember the wonderful family home evenings these elders (Elger Jongejan and Swenson) did with us, the lessons they taught and the first time I ate popcorn. After we were baptised President Pinegar and his family would visit us and I have fond memories of these visits. He truly was a caring mission president who acted when he saw a need. It is because of people like him (and his family) that I now have 41 year of LDS church membership under my belt.
Ingrid Sherlock-Taselaar
August 5, 2014
I'm so sorry to hear that President Pinegar passed away. My Condolences to the family. He was president of the MTC /LT when I was there. He was the one that ordained me an Elder and set me apart as a missionary. It was a wonderful spiritual experience. Not only for what he said but my missionary companion participated in the circle.
Nicolas Biangel
July 27, 2014
I was in the LTM in April of 1976 when President Pinegar called my companion and I into his office and told us that our missions were being changed from Lisbon Portugal to Madrid Spain. At the time, Angola was shelling Lisbon and it wasn't safe for sisters. We had been there 7 of our 8 weeks program. There were few options at that time, the only other Portuguese speaking missions were in Brazil and the wait time for visas were up to 10 months. We were overwhelmed at the prospect of learning yet another language, and then suddenly left about 10 days later for Spain. His kindness and sensitivity was very comforting. A wonderful man. Glad he was a part of that experience. My sincerest condolences.
Pennee Smith Mecham
July 27, 2014
I was saddened to read about Pres. Pinegar's passing. I have so many fond memories of working with him in the Netherlands Mission. He was a great example of how we should serve the Lord.
Greg Hunsaker
March 23, 2014
I thought the world of President Max Pinegar. As my mission president in the Netherlands, I learned much about life, love, gospel and priesthood leadership from this fine and remarkable man. I wish to add my heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the family. He will always have a place in my heart. I look forward to seeing him again.
Gregory Skinner
March 13, 2014
John spoke often of his memories of President Pinegar and the family while serving in the Netherlands Mission. Our first date was at a mission reunion. We enjoyed spending time with President Pinegar at the reunions through the years.
There will be tough times ahead but the blessings will be numerous. I have found this true since the passing of my sweetheart John, 3 years ago.
Sheri Copier
March 7, 2014
I was one of the missionaries who went through the LTM when he was president there. Anyone who was there in September 1975 and was housed in the Christopher/St. Francis School classroom at that time will never forget a riot act he spoke to the elders which got all of our attentions and which we will never forget. It was all for our good!
March 3, 2014
Norma and I send our condolances to Max's family and to Rex and Lynn. Max was a great friend and a good man. I have such fond memories of him and Rex. Best wishes to Lynne and the entire family. You had a good man in Max. Ron and Norma Swenson Sorry we cannot be at the services.
March 3, 2014
I had the good fortune of becoming acquainted with Max several years ago when he was the General Manager of Trolley Square. Our family owned a retail business in Trolley at that time. We were some of the original tenants of Trolley Square when it first opened as a shopping center in the early 70's. Max's integrity and his caring and concern for the tenants and their business success was amazing. His positive energy created an atmosphere of honesty and trust. Max will always be remembered by our family as a man we admired and respected and we will forever treasure the memory of this truly remarkable man.

Michele Stillman Gaetz
March 3, 2014
Chris, I am sorry to learn of your father's passing. You are in my prayers.
LuKaye Weaver
March 3, 2014
I'm saddened by the loss of Brother Pinegar this last week. Some of my best memories as a teenager were listening to his stories about the mission field and life in general. He is the man who taught me the importance of finding a good woman to stand by my side throughout eternity. It was obvious how much he loved Sister Pinegar. What a great example! He was a great patriarch to a great family. I thank the Lord that I had the privilege to know this great man. Till we meet again my mentor and friend.
Dirk McMurray
March 2, 2014
Our prayers are with you, Lynne, and your family. We had the privilege of knowing Max as a neighbor and as the Patriarch of our stake who gave patriarchal blessings to our youngest four children. We have felt the Lord's spirit in your home during those occasions. The patriarchal blessings have been of great significance in the lives of our children. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to know you and Max. May you continue to feel the Lord's choicest blessings of comfort and peace.
Geoff and Sydney Germane
March 2, 2014
Patriarch Pinegar IS an inspiration to me and my family. I feel sad for his loss to the living. We rejoice with those beyond the vail who welcome a faithful one home. If I know anything about eternity, we the living benefit by following his loving legacy of service. We love you Max. Our thoughts are with his grieving family. Love, the Pilmers
John Pilmer
March 2, 2014
Correction: Excerpts of LTM Devotional were of a talk given by his brother Elder Rex Pinegar. Forgive the error. They made a great team!
Linda C Driscoll
March 2, 2014
Max L. Pinegar was President of the LTM (MTC) when the announcement came of President Kimball's revelation that the Priesthood was to be extended to all worthy brethren. That was a memorable day. President Pinegar held a special devotional for us that day. Excerpt from my notes of his counsel: "Do not editorialize or predict the future. Take council from the mission president. Be conservative in your comments. Sustain the prophet. Defend vigorously in humility and with dignity that Spencer W. Kimball as a Prophet. Move with greater commitment, purpose and dedication than ever before. President Pinegar explained that the Quorum of the Twelve was notified of the revelation one week before it was announced to the church. The Seventies Quorum was told the morning the announcement was made. This meeting at the LTM was the same night as the announcement to the church." President Pinegar was a great man and helped me become a better missionary.
Linda C Driscoll
March 2, 2014
I will always be grateful for my opportunity to serve with you and admire your love for the members our the UVU student ward. You and Lynn were a constant beacon of love and light. Thank you for example and friendship. Love Jeff and Sherrie Hill family.
Jeff Hill
March 2, 2014
Dear Lynne and family, our prayers are with you. I have such wonderful memories of Max. He is so much a part of me and my life. He was always fun to hug and talk to and he made me feel special. I wish I could be there to give and receive all the family hugs.
Patty (Enid's daughter) Nessen
March 2, 2014
We love Max and Lynne. I know of no greater man than Max. He was a great leader, mission president co-worker and friend. I was truly privileged to serve under Max as a missionary and later at Excel. He truly was an exceptional man of integrity and a great servant of The Lord. I am a better man for knowing Max, Lynne and their family. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Lynne and Family. We will always cherish his great example and kindness and will cherish the memories.

Our sincere sympathy and love,

John & Jeanie Owens
John Owens
March 1, 2014
I met Max when he became the GM of Trolley Square. I loved working with him. He was kind & generous and a really great man. He loved the Lord and was a joy to be around. I have never forgotten what a wonderful example he was. I send my deepest sympathies at this most difficult time. Isn't it great to have the gospel in our lives and to know that this separation is only temporary. Much love to all of Max's family!
Linda Durrant
March 1, 2014
Dear Pinegar family, I am so sorry for the loss of President Pinegar,He was always gentle, but stern, you knew where you stood with him, at all times, I remember him well from The Netherlands Mission, and also the reunions in Salt Lake City, may the Lord give you Sister Pinegar and your family the strength you need, He will through His love help you where you will need it, my heart goes out to you all, love Jannette Koning(Zwiers)Zwolle /SLC.
Jannette Koning
March 1, 2014
Max is a great person. I am blessed to have known him and served with him. Being out the country I regret very much that I cannot attend the funeral. I extend my love to Lynne and family.
Mike Ellis
March 1, 2014
Having served as President Pinegar's Assistant-to-the-President for the last eight months of my two years of service in the Netherlands Mission near the beginning of his three years of service, I express gratitude for so many of us who are blessed to this day by our association with this inspired and inspiring leader and his wonderful [then-young] family.
March 1, 2014
Max was a wonderful man, example and friend. Our love goes out to his family, especially his equally wonderful wife, Lynne. We will miss seeing him on our visits to the home ward in Orem.
February 28, 2014
Didn't ever have the privilege of knowing this good man but love his twin brother, Rex and it sounds like they were 'like unto each other'.
jim Ritchie
February 28, 2014
Dear Lynn and Pinegar family,
We send our love and deepest sympathy at Rex's passing. Rex was a great friend, missionary and Nu Skin colleague, in addition to being your loving and eternal companion and father. We regret not being in Utah at this time to personally express our love and condolences at Monday's funeral services.
Our thoughts are with you,
Sid and Anita Sager
February 28, 2014
Dear Lynne and Family,

I was sorry to hear of Max's passing and wanted to express to you my personal sense of loss. More years ago than either of us will want to admit, we were in the Netherlands serving the Lord. It was my privilege to serve closely with you in that effort as well as watch your kids grow up. Please remember that President Pinegar will always be an example to me and my family. Thank you for the love that you have shown me and my family through the years. Best wishes to you and your family in the future.
Bryan and Jean Bolander
February 28, 2014
I had the great privilege of knowing Max and his sons and I know how deeply his passing will be mourned by all who knew him. He was a person of great honor and deep loyalty and treated all people kindly and fairly. It was my honor to have known him and I am very sorry for your loss. Joe Gentry
February 28, 2014
Beloved "Uncle Max" we will miss you! Love to your family.
- Scott Boice
February 28, 2014
Please accept my sympathy and love for your loss of this very special man. My father, F. Oliver Grundvig was his cousin. --much love to all the family, LouWana Grundvig Parry
February 28, 2014
This incredible man will surely be missed. My prayers go out to Aunt Lynne and her family. I truly wish I could be there with you all to celebrate his life.
Rob, Sheri and Morgan Barnett from North Carolina
February 28, 2014
We are so sad to hear of Max's passing. He was a wonderful friend, home teacher and neighbor. So thoughtful and fun! One memory of him that I love is when he was Maurice Chevalier for a Relief Society dinner. He carried around a microphone and sang to all the ladies! We send our love to all the family.

Dan & Verna Turner and family
Verna Turner
February 28, 2014
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