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Officials weigh in on death of 'Mac' Christensen, founder of Mr. Mac

By Graham Dudley, | Updated - Oct. 12, 2019 at 12:27 p.m. | Posted - Oct. 12, 2019 at 12:22 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Current and former public officials weighed in on the death of Fred McRay 'Mac' Christensen, founder of the Mr. Mac clothing store and former president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

He was 85.

Christensen's store has outfitted thousands of departing Latter-day Saint missionaries across the Wasatch Front and beyond. The Mr. Mac website says Christensen's first clothing store opened in 1966 in Bountiful.

There are currently 10 Mr. Mac locations in Utah and Arizona.

Christensen became president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, now the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, in 2000. He served in that capacity until 2012.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert expressed his condolences in a statement, calling Christensen "a true gentleman and a successful entrepreneur."

"He cared about how you looked on the outside - but more importantly he cared about how you looked on the inside. He was known for his kindness, his service and his charitable giving. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.”

Longtime Utah senator Orrin Hatch released a statement on Christensen's passing that reads in part, "Mac was a powerful force for good in this world, helping men of all ages look their best selves to be their best selves. He outfitted generations of missionaries and businessmen, many of whom to this day remember buying their first suit at Mr. Mac. A sharp dresser and an even sharper mind, Mac always used his talents to help, uplift, and inspire those around him.

"I’m personally grateful for Mac’s example and the abundant love and kindness he showed me over so many years of friendship. May God bless Mac and the entire Christensen family."

Ron Jarrett, the current president of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, said Christensen "left an enduring legacy of excellence for The Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra and Bells at Temple Square."

"His favorite song was ‘God Be with You Till We Meet Again’ because it meant that another broadcast, concert, or tour had come to a meaningful end. Those words have never rung truer than today as we mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague. May these beautiful lyrics be our prayer of comfort for the Christensen family at this tender time," Jarrett said in a statement.

Graham Dudley

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