Lyle Vern Mackay was born Sept. 18, 1946.
He died peacefully in the early morning hours on April 28, 2019, in Cody. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Lyle was born to Alvin and Alice Mackay and raised in Taylorsville, Utah and was the oldest of three sisters and one brother. He was a great help to his Grandpa Vernal Mackay as a boy and developed a love for animals and farming by working with him.
Lyle and his cousin Brent Bowles were the only ones his grandpa trusted to drive him places. Lyle especially loved driving the tractor and later the combines while he worked for Richard Barker. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and earned the rank of Eagle Scout at the same court of honor with his father. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints to Sweden.
Upon his return from Sweden he attended the University of Utah and graduated from the LDS Business College. While working for his uncle Ruben at the Western Auto Store installing air conditioners, he met Sherry Kimber. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on March 6, 1969. They have seven children Scott, Eric (Mindy), Jeff (Rebecca), Julie (Gabe), Gina (Jason), Tate (Sabrina) and Alex. Lyle and Sherry have 23 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Shortly after graduation, Lyle began his accounting career with Associated Food Stores in Salt Lake City. In 1972 he moved his small family and transferred his job to their Billings Distribution Center. Through his business networking and his genuine and sincere personality, he had the opportunity to open his own accounting practice in Cody in 1980.
It was here that he spent nearly 40 years developing business relationships that turned into friendships with hundreds of people. It was Lyle’s signature style to make a connection and get to know people in every store or place he went into. He always had time to stop and chat with friends and his children believe that he knew everyone in town.
Lyle loved his horses April, Prim, Sambo, Sioux, Levi, Obie, Chinook, Chessy, Bella and Cupcake. He loved his dogs Lucky, Bear Bear, Squealer, Sam, Buddy, Annie and Bruno.
Lyle was a quiet teacher and steward of the Wyoming landscape, and could be found exploring the backcountry of Wyoming almost every Saturday with his kids and dogs in tow. He found great satisfaction in sharing his love of horses and the outdoors with those who had never ridden a horse by providing them with a positive experience.
He taught his kids to respect and shoot guns so that he could have more hunting partners to use his horses to hunt big game animals. He used to say that any day spent on a horse was a good day.
Lyle was a man of service to his friends and church. He served in the Billings Temple for 20 years and had many opportunities to serve in Bishopric and other callings. He had a great love for the young children of Primary and especially loved being a Sunbeam teacher. One of his treasured callings was the opportunity to serve in the Cooke City church group.
Lyle will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Good ride, cowboy. Now let’s get a soda and a Fat Boy.
Funeral services will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Wyoming Avenue Chapel, Cody, on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11 a.m., with visitation the hour prior. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery.
An online memorial and video tribute is available at BallardFH.com.