Maurice "Mac" McLain

                    February 22, 2009

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IDAHO FALLS, ID -- Maurice “Mac” McLain , 67, of Idaho Falls, died February 22, 2009, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center after a brave battle with cancer.

He was born March 24, 1941, in Grace, Idaho, to Clifford Hugh McLain and Rhonda Olea Gulbransen McLain. He attended schools in Idaho Falls. He proudly served as a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy for twenty years, including a tour in Vietnam.

He married Nancy Alice Minnerly on January 14, 1967, in Newport, Rhode Island. They lived in Newport, Rhode Island; San Diego, California and Key West, Florida. Following his retirement from the Navy in 1979, he moved his family back to his hometown of Idaho Falls, where he worked at the INEL for 24 years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years, retired life and traveling, being “Papa” to his five grandchildren, sitting on his cabin porch overlooking Palisades Reservoir with Nancy, walks with his dog, Misti, and watching the wildlife and nature at his cabin. He was known by friends as the “gentle giant” and was often mistaken for “Santa Claus” by children around Christmas time.

Survivors include:
Wife: Nancy McLain, Idaho Falls, ID
Daughter: Terri McLain Seese, Virginia Beach, VA
Son: Mike (Vicki) McLain, Henderson, NV
Son: Ken McLain, Richland, WA
Daughter: Tina (John Sanders) Starkel, Idaho Falls, ID
Sister: Beth Kelley, Sunnyside, WA
Sister: Beneva Nadauld, Bountiful, UT
Five Grandchildren: Derek (Horsefeathers), Hayley (Blondie), Ian (Ozzie), Kolby (Mister K) and Kaitland (Chatterbox), and Misti, his beloved furry, white, four-legged companion.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Earl and C. Parley.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge, Idaho Falls, ID. Reverend Brenda Sene of Trinity United Methodist Church will officiate. Family will visit with friends and family at 10:00 a.m. prior to the services. Military Rites will be performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Team and Idaho Honor Guard following the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Idaho Falls Youth Hockey Association, P.O. Box 1592, Idaho Falls, ID 83403-1592.


Condolences received online:

George Sparr
Sorry to read about Mack.
Hope to see on the Hill.

Roger R Hodges
February 26, 2009
We are sorry to lose another of our "Class of 59" classmates. We feel we have lost too many too early in life.
I also knew Maurice from our youth when the family lived on Cliff Street. My Mom impressed on me that Mrs. Mclain was among the finest of women. I think it passed on to Maurice. He always seemed to me a good person of good character and great ethics.
I hope family left behind will feel support from Heaven and the friends and acquaintances who held Maurice in high esteem.
Bless You, ~ Roger R Hodges, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Steve Fogdall
I was saddened to hear of Maurice's passing. I have great memories of working with Maurice at SemiScale and I'm still grateful for his patience in helping me understand how that system operated. My prayers are with his entire family.

Rodger Jensen
So sorry to read about Maurice. We were in the same graduating class of 1959. He was a nice guy. I express my thoughts of sympathy to all of you at this difficult time and hope you find the comfort and strength and peace to help you endure and carry on.

Dixie Lainhart
I am so sorry for your lost. I worked with Mac for many years at the Site and then lost touch after we both retired. He was quite a guy. He was one of the most honorable and truly nice guys that I knew.

Jeff Feit
Dear Nancy, Tina, Terri, Ken, and Mike:
I cannot tell you how very sorry I was to hear about Mac. He was a truly wonderful man. I will always remember how welcome he made me feel in your home and among your family. My memories of him include the great times I spent decorating your Christmas Tree during the holidays. It seems like it was just yesterday. Mac was one of the great ones. I have always remembered him as I have all of you, with fondness. Please accept my most sincere condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love Jeff



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Death: February 22, 2009

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Idaho Falls, ID