ForeverMissed
It’s a line from one of our dad’s favorite John Prine songs, and it’s how we expected him to go. In the end, he didn’t make it to the porch, but he took his last breath at home, in the company of family, just after 4 o’clock on the afternoon of August 24, 2020.

He was born Mac Molen Ross on February 23, 1952 to Keith and Doris Taylor Ross in Vernal, Utah. He joined the family nine months after the tragic death of his 13-year-old brother Bryce. When Mac was nine, his brother Jake died at age 21. His oldest brother Terry died in 2000. As the last surviving member of this charming bunch of jazz lovers and joke tellers, he was ready to find and join them again.

Mac attended elementary through high school in Vernal. Smart but not studious, he was always borrowing pencils and paper from Sandra Hatch. He was a catcher on his little league team, and played football at Uintah High School with good friends Glen Downard, Derrell Stagg, and Levi Smuin (his future brother-in-law). He lettered not only in football but also in typing, which he tried to keep secret. As a gas station attendant at the Vernal Save-More, he worked for Kent McCurdy (another future brother-in-law).

On July 21, 1970, Mac married Marinda Murray, and finally collected on those in-laws. He gladly embraced Marinda’s parents, Penny and Rin, as well as her four brothers and four sisters — Meriel, Joe, Bob, Bill, Dave, Deanna, Saralyn, and Mary — as his own.

Mac and Marinda attended Snow College in Ephraim, where Mac acquired the study skills to equal his smarts. They both transferred to Utah State University in Logan, then moved to Chicago where Mac attended Northwestern University Dental School.

In 1979, Mac opened his dental practice in Moab with Marinda as his office manager, assistant, and indispensable partner. They ran the practice together for 20 years. Dr. Ross was known as an expert, kind, and gentle dentist who didn’t forget a name or a face, and who never refused treatment to anyone who couldn’t pay. Kelly Cather, Shirley Cather, and Diane Tangren were his trusted assistants and also his best friends. After retiring from dentistry, Mac and Marinda built and ran the Spanish Trail Shell gas station in Moab for 15 years, working side-by-side with their daughter Kelly and son Charles.

Mac was a Freemason and Past Master of La Sal Lodge #30. He was an El Kalah Shriner and Past President of the Arches Shrine Club. He was also a skilled carpenter and drafter, a pretty good golfer, and a prolific reader, often finishing a book a day, reading and smoking on the front porch in the hot sun. He went everywhere on his bike and was a friendly and familiar face for people all over Moab.

The greatest joy in his life was being a dad and grandpa. He loved and was immensely proud of his three kids — Mary (Derek), Kelly (Troy), and Charles — as well as his five kind, smart, athletic, and artistic grandkids — Maisie, Doris, Bryce, Cole, and Maria. He was also a beloved uncle to dozens of Murray family nieces and nephews.

Because Mac was usually on the front porch at the house on Opal and then on Palisade, it became a focal point for the family. Everyone, even the dogs and cats, wanted to sit outside for conversation, coffee, candy, or whatever Grandpa Mac was having. He had a magnetic personality and a warmth that could only be matched by the hottest of August afternoons. His family will gather privately to lay him to rest on his forever porch at Spanish Valley Cemetery in Moab. Thanks for everything, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle Mac, Dr. Ross.

Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 31, 2020
Kelly Iam so sorry to hear about this news been out of town for few weeks . I will be praying for your family and you , in fact right now , Lord we just come to you right now lord Jesus we ask that you would be with Kelly and her family. Jesus we pray that in the days ahead you would give them comfort and a peace of all understanding. Lord our minds just ask why , why did we loose some one so early in life . Jesus fill that hole of missing Mac and encourage them today I pray in Jesus name. Amen Kelly give your mom and brother a hug for me . When things settle down I come see your mom . She still live down by Terry Stewart ,let me know love you guys

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Posted by Mary Hofhine on August 31, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of this gentle soul, we were good friends with your Dad and loved him. As our dentist, he took good care of our family and was and will always be our favorite dentist, something the entire family shares. After retirement, he was a friendly face that we encountered regularly and we will miss him. Love and Peace to you all. 
The Hofhine Family, Bill, Mary, Sean, Angie, Crissy, and Tessy.
Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Cousin I am so sorry to hear of your dad. This is never ever easy. Please lean on me as someone who actually knows what it feels like. I’m here.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Zordach I’ll never forget it.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I'm so so sorry about your Dad.❤❤
I just read his obituary and looked at all his pictures. What an awesome Dad. I love the pictures of you and him.❤
You guys are in our prayers.❤

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. The moment my mom text I could hear is voice asking me how life was, the way he always did. He was and is a good man. So many hugs and prayers going to all of you!

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I am really sorry to hear about your dad! He was a hell of a guy!!

Damn I just talked to him the other day at the corner store, always loved his conversations. I’m sorry! You let me know if there’s anything I can do for your family.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Sending you much Love & Support. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

R.I.P Mac

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I am sorry to hear about your dad. He was always one of my favorite people. If you guys need anything please let us know. Love to you and your family

I don’t trust anyone who is not a Prine fan!

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I am so sorry about your father he was a good man . Glad I got to say hi to him last time I was down .. he will be missed

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I am so very sorry for your loss! He was a great man! My thoughts are with you and your family! If you need anything let me know.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Sending all the love and prayers to you and your family. Love you

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Hi Kelly. I am so sorry to hear the news about your dad. He was such a pleasure to know and I will miss him. I know you carry a lot of his imprint in you and this is one way we memorialize our loved ones. God Bless you and all your clan.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Heard about your dad today. We just wanted tell you guys We are very sorry For you and your family’s loss. Your dad was a good man.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Oh Kelly, he was the Best!! His sense of humor always had me laughing! Sending love and hugs to you and your family

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear this. Unfortunately I know how heartbreaking losing a special papa is, and my heart hurts for you and your family. Sending much love your way.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
So sorry to hear about your dad! What a great guy! ❤️❤️

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Sorry.....MAC will always be in your heart.....it was good to see him and all you guys last week!

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I am so sorry. What an amazing man that will be missed by so many.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I'm so very sorry. He was a good man. My condolences to your family.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Your dad really was a cool guy. His humor was always comforting. So sorry. :(

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I am so sorry to hear this. He is such an important part of our town and community. My love is with you and your family

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Kelly I just found out I am so sorry honey words cannot express my thoughts and feelings, I'm in shock my prayers are with you and the family and there are so many memories we all have of Mac. I will mash after work. I love you hang in there.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I'm so sorry. Sending love to you all. He made such an impact on our family.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a good man. He will be missed!

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I’m so sorry! I have so many childhood memories of him. Prayers for your family and hugs!!!❤️

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I'm sending all of you lots of love ♥️ he was an amazing man. I'm so sorry for your loss

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear this, he was an awesome man and great dentist(and I know it was hard to go to new ones out here when moved cuz your dad was the best).... hugs and prayers to your family.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Your family has been part of our family longer than I can remember. I am so sorry love and prayers for you and your family ❤️

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
My condolences! Good man!

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I just heard I am so sorry for your loss. Your family helped when I was going to school, they watched over my kids when I had to go out of town he was a great man in the neighborhood.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Oh Kelly this just made me so sad. I loved your Dad!! He was always so sweet wherever I saw him. You and your family are in prayers. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
So sorry. I sure enjoyed jumping up in to his dentist chair as a little girl.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
So sorry. I have so many memories of your dad coming to the corner store the many years I worked there and he was My favorite dentist as well, prayers for you and your family ❤️

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I am sorry to hear about this, Mac was a wonderful man. Hugs too you and your family❤

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I am so sorry! Your dad was such a kind man. He really was amazing Kelly and a part of lots of childhood memories.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I am so sorry, your dad was a amazing man. Always with a smile and quick witted and funny. We are praying for you and your family.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I'm so sorry!!! Your dad was always my favorite dentist. He always made me laugh and smile whenever I would talk to him. He was one of a kind!!

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Omg I'm so sorry to hear this terrible news! Your dad was always so kind and thoughtful with my Mom, such a caring funny man. He will be missed by so many!! Sending my love to you and your family.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
So sorry for your loss your dad was one of a kind

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I am so sorry!!!! He was such a cool guy. Loved him!!!! You all are in my thoughts and prayers

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Mac was a good man . Thoughts and prayers sent .

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I’m so sorry Kelly, he was such a great guy. Sending my love and prayers to you and your family ❤️❤️

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I was always happy to see Mac roll into the bank. He was a cool cat and will be missed dearly.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Love you & your family Kelly. He was our dentist till he retired. Best man & friend. Sending our love & prayers ❤️❤️

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Your daddy was a good man to me and my family, gonna miss those witty Mac riddles and the nic "names" Noda, and Ark. Also called my pops, ClaudeZilla

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
We’re so sorry for your loss! Your dad was always kind to our family! He was also the best dentist ever! He even opened his office when we had an emergency involving a horse! Our love and prayers, go out to you and your family❤️

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
What an amazing tribute to a great guy. So sorry to hear of his passing. He is definitely a favorite in Moab. Sending our love to the family❤❤❤

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
I just heard yesterday about your dad. He was amazing guy. I loved ♥ going to him for my dentist  he will be missed dearly . Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Beautiful tribute to your dad. He will truly be missed

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Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 31, 2020
Kelly Iam so sorry to hear about this news been out of town for few weeks . I will be praying for your family and you , in fact right now , Lord we just come to you right now lord Jesus we ask that you would be with Kelly and her family. Jesus we pray that in the days ahead you would give them comfort and a peace of all understanding. Lord our minds just ask why , why did we loose some one so early in life . Jesus fill that hole of missing Mac and encourage them today I pray in Jesus name. Amen Kelly give your mom and brother a hug for me . When things settle down I come see your mom . She still live down by Terry Stewart ,let me know love you guys

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Posted by Mary Hofhine on August 31, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of this gentle soul, we were good friends with your Dad and loved him. As our dentist, he took good care of our family and was and will always be our favorite dentist, something the entire family shares. After retirement, he was a friendly face that we encountered regularly and we will miss him. Love and Peace to you all. 
The Hofhine Family, Bill, Mary, Sean, Angie, Crissy, and Tessy.
Posted by Kelly Huseby on August 30, 2020
Cousin I am so sorry to hear of your dad. This is never ever easy. Please lean on me as someone who actually knows what it feels like. I’m here.

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Shared by Brittney Bohannon Melton on August 28, 2020
He named me Britter Critter. He was an awesome dentist! He told my Mom I had a very small mouth when he was working on me and she said, she begged to differ. Doc thought that was pretty funny. He kicked the gas up on me and I couldn't stop laughing so he gently touched my shoulder and said, well Britter Critter I think you have had enough of that.
He watched and cheered for us in softball and would always tell me I had a good game. He would joke with Bryce and Cole as if they were old men. 
He was quite a guy and I am so sad of his passing, I love the legacy he left behind, and see him in all of you! Love to the whole family. 

Mac

Shared by Monica Oldroyd on August 28, 2020
First of all remembering him as my Dentist. (He once came in on Christmas Eve to help me out when I was little) Such a great guy. His hands always had a smell of cigarette smoke and soap, that I still remember.
Secondly Kelly's Dad, letting us cruise the little jelly bean when we might or might not have been too young to drive... lol Telling us to be careful or to take it back a notch on Halloween.
Third, always seeing him outside of Shell or T adn H reading his paper.I always had to speak up so he could hear me say "Hello" and I always got a "Hey there Moniker, how are you doing" In his gruff low easy going voice.
My condolences. Love you. He will be missed!