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Mack Eugene Boone

Posted 2023-05-29 by mhenderson
Published by Mohave Daily News Online on May 28, 2023 -
Bullhead City, Arizona -

Mack Eugene Boone, age 93, Retired USAF Colonel, and resident of Fort
Mohave, Arizona, passed away from cancer Friday, April 21, 2023 at
Legacy Rehab Center under Beacon of Hope Hospice Care. He was born
October 11, 1929 to Gordon and Juanita Boone of Breckenridge, Texas.

When Mack was eighteen months old, the family moved to Quemado, New
Mexico, where Gordon built a log cabin on nine sections of homesteaded
land. Mack loved the outdoors, his dog Fido, and his pony, Pinto, which
he rode to Quemado's one-room schoolhouse every day.

Mack was a graduate of Quemado High School and New Mexico Military
Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, where he developed his interest in
boxing. He was majoring in Business at New Mexico State University in
Las Cruces, New Mexico when the Korean Conflict intervened. Always the
patriot, Mack enlisted as a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

In 1951, he was sent to Korea as a B26 aircraft navigator with the 13th
Bomb Squadron, known as the "Grim Reapers", and would fly more than
fifty bombing missions during his time there before returning home to
New Mexico and graduating from NMSU. His image is among fifteen-hundred
others on the Korean War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

Mack served as an executive with Boy Scouts of America in Belen, New
Mexico before moving to El Paso, Texas. He worked for El Paso Natural
Gas Company as a Land Man before settling on a career in the insurance
industry. At the time of his retirement he was executive vice president
of AIM Insurance Company, serving regional credit unions.

In 1960, Mack began martial arts training under Professor Tarow Ty
Hayashi, Director of the International Zen Martial Arts Federation of
North America, and would continue through the ranks of this discipline
he grew to love, earning successive belts in Judo, Karate, Aikido, and
Bujutsu, as both student and instructor. In 1968, Mack was asked to form
a karate class at El Paso's newly-constructed East Valley YMCA; Mack
later added judo to the Y's successful martial arts program. He never
tired of the martial arts way, or the many eternal friendships it would

Mack and his wife Peggy moved to Fort Mohave, Arizona in 2004, calling
it their "forever home". Among other activities, they joined the
Bullhead City Police Department Auxiliary where Mack would later serve
two years as Auxiliary Commander. Learning of another martial arts
opportunity, Mack tried Tai Chi classes at Mohave Community College, and
found his new passion. He would teach this for several years at Bullhead
Health Club before eventually bidding his faithful students farewell and
hanging up his gi.

Mack loved to bowl with his friends Bob and Mike every Thursday. On
Fridays they would join their OOPS (Old Obsolete Patriots Society)
buddies Chuck, Jack, Art, Doug and Al for breakfast. They knew every
menu in town by heart.

Preceding Mack in death were his former wives, Mary Nell, and Jackie;
and his parents.

Mack is survived by his beloved wife and best pal of forty-three years,
Peggy; daughter, Juanita (Larry) Geistweidt; son, Michael (Cindy) Boone;
step-daughters, Danielle (Carlos Cardenas) Polen and Lisa (Jim)
Davidson; grandsons, Colin (Shari) Boone and Caleb Meyers;
granddaughter, Alicia (Greg) Groves; great-granddaughters, Jordan Boone,
Jenna Groves and Kaci Groves; great-grandson, Blake Boone; and Roger the

We are humbled by the outpouring of love from friends who called or sent
sympathy cards of support. Words of thanks are hardly enough. Our deep
appreciation to Lisa, Tara, Denise, Crystal and Alisa, exceptional
nurses and caregivers from Beacon of Hope Hospice. It helped to laugh
and cry together. And Nadine, who answered our many calls with such
grace! We offer gratitude to Dr. Valerie Israel and staff at Southwest
Oncology Center, who always treated us like family, not simply cancer
patients. Bless you. We also want to thank Dimond & Sons Silver Bell
Chapel's staff for their incredible kindness.

Mack's Celebration of Life will be held sometime this Fall. Donations in
Mack's name may be made to Community Lutheran Church's Water Fund, or
Tunnels to Towers Foundation (

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