James Alexander MacLean, of Strawberry, Arizona, passed away October 7, 2016 at his home in Strawberry. "Jim" was born to Alexander and Ruby MacLean of Price, Utah on June 21, 1937. He attended school at Carbon High School, after graduating he enlisted in the Navy in 1954. "Mac", as he was called by his shipmates, had a very distinguished career in the Navy. He rose in rank quickly, at one point being the youngest, in naval history, to ever be promoted to Chief. He served his country proudly in both war and peace times. He retired in 1976 with over 22 years of service. Shortly after entering the service he married Karolyn Janett Olson of Wellington, Utah. Upon retiring from the Navy, Jim and Karolyn moved to Wellington, Utah. Jim held several jobs while there including, Canal Master, Purchasing Agent, and Coal Analysis. He also served as the city's Justice of the Peace for several years. They then moved to Strawberry, Arizona where they spent the remaining years of their lives. Jim and Karolyn were married 55 years until her passing in July of 2010. Jim enjoyed many activities throughout his life including camping, fishing, hunting and playing keno. He especially enjoyed his Friday "Bucket Brigade" meetings at the local bar. There he loved to swap "No BS" stories with friends and family while enjoying a cold beverage. Jim is survived by sisters Sharon Johnson and Helen Stowel and her husband Art, Jim's four children, James R MacLean and his wife Evylen, Cynthia S Ackerman and her husband Charles, Debra A Weber, and Douglas A MacLean and his wife Teresa, 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild, and his companion Irma Kay Weber. Services will be held at Mitchells Funeral Home in Price, Utah, Saturday October 15, 2016 at 10:00am. Interment will be at the Wellington Cemetery in Wellington, Utah. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers you can make a donation to the VFW, Post 2379 in Price, Utah. This obituary was originally published in the Payson Roundup.
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