Clyde Milton Pack, age 78, of Clinton, passed away Thursday, December 16, 2021. Clyde was born December 23, 1942, in Vallejo, California, to Emery Randall and Lelia Lucile (Woods) Pack. Clyde had two siblings, both sisters. At just a few months old, Clyde moved with his family from California to Utah, where he spent the rest of his formative years in Salt Lake City and Murray.
Clyde was educated in Murray public schools, where he participated in track and acapella choir. He graduated from Murray High School in 1961, then served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the North Scottish Mission from 1962-1964, which left him with a love of all things Scottish. Following his mission, Clyde served in the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program, training at the Tuskegee Institute. Through the VISTA program, Clyde was stationed in the Appalachians, helping to set up much-needed community libraries.
On August 14, 1969, in the Salt Lake Temple, Clyde married Sandra Allyn Clements Pack, his partner in every sense of the word for 52 years. Together they embarked on building their family, while Clyde continued his education and training. He attended the University of Utah, graduating in 1970 with a degree in Sociology. He later went on to earn an elementary teaching certificate and educational media endorsement from Weber State College. Clyde worked for Ogden City Schools as a home and hospital teacher, and as a middle and high school librarian. Clyde and Sandy also lived in Kelso, Washington, followed by Estacada, Oregon, and Portland, Oregon, where he worked as an engineering clerk for Portland General Electric for over 14 years. In 1992, Clyde and Sandy relocated with their family to Utah. They resided in Sandy, and were Royal Diamond Distributors for Nikken, a wellness company, with which they were affiliated for almost 30 years.
While he lived in Portland during the mid-1970s, Clyde independently founded a newsletter on events surrounding the U.S. Bicentennial celebration there. Due to his efforts and knowledge surrounding the Bicentennial, Clyde was asked to serve on the Portland Bicentennial Committee, and acted as a judge for speech contests and other events. He also helped raise money and support to have an American flag installed on the Fremont Bridge. Being part of these things was an honor and privilege for Clyde, and were personally meaningful due to his earnest patriotism and love of country.
Clyde held various callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a Seventy, stake and ward missionary, Scoutmaster, elders quorum president, 2nd counselor, executive secretary among other callings. Clyde also served with his wife Sandy as stake missionaries, church service missionaries at the Church History Library, couple missionaries in the Tennessee, Nashville Mission in Mayfield, Kentucky; and as a couple in the New York, Utica Mission. Most recently they completed a 3-year service term in the Church Headquarters Mission in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2008 we worked in the Jordan River Temple Baptistry for a year and in 2009 work in the Draper Temple Baptistry for 3 years before our mission to the Tennessee, Nashville Mission. When we came back we were called as ordinances workers in the Draper Temple. We served for 1 year, after we were released we moved to Clinton, Utah
An especially significant accomplishment for Clyde was serving as president of the John Pack Family Association, an organization dedicated to honoring and remembering this notable pioneer, and maintaining bonds among his ancestors. Among Clyde’s many contributions to the organization, some of his most notable were fundraising efforts that led to the restoration/construction of The John Pack house at This is the Place Heritage Park, and contributing to the authoritative history book on John Pack. Family history was important to Clyde, and having this noteworthy pioneer ancestor honored meant, and continues to mean, very much to Clyde and his family.
Of all the many roles Clyde filled throughout his life, his most cherished was being a husband, father, and grandfather. Clyde is survived by his loving wife, Sandy, of Clinton, Utah; and their children: Erika (Dennis) Whitmore, of Logandale, Nevada; Nathan (Sara), of Clinton, Utah; Jacob (Diana), of Kearney, Missouri; Alisha (Ricky) Mena, of West Jordan, Utah; Spencer (Mandy), of Sandy, Utah; Abraham (Kaitlin), of Eagle Mountain, Utah; Ben (Kellie), of Provo, Utah; Isaac (Alexis), of Springville, Utah; and son Ezra, of Clinton, Utah; as well as their 35 beloved grandchildren: Dennis (Berkleah), Eden, Elijah, Joe, Brigham, Maggie, Noah, Isaiah (Carolyn), Gracious, Miles, Moses, Ella, Liberty, Zion, Charity, Caleb, Emma, Dallin, Ava, Mckenzie, Alexis, Little Ricky, Kaylee, Landon, Lucy, Addison, Hadley, Bennett, Charly, Tucker, Harrison, Sammy, Zeke, Hannah, and Lydia. Clyde also leaves his sister, Chris (Mariano) Franco, of Salt Lake City, Utah; brother-in-law Ron Hall, of Mesa, Arizona; and many dear nieces, nephews, and cousins. Clyde is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Erma Hall, of Gilbert, Arizona.
Clyde Pack’s life is a testament to the importance of faith, family, and service to God, country, and community. His legacy will surely live on through his wife and family, and the many others whose lives he touched through service.
A viewing will be held Wednesday, December 22, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Myers Mortuary, 5865 South 1900 West, Roy, Utah.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 23, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. on what would have been Clyde’s 79th birthday. The funeral, and a preceding viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., will be held at the chapel at 5850 South 2575 West, Roy, Utah. Interment will follow Thursday afternoon at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City.