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  McKay, K. Gunn
NameK. Gunn McKay
Huntsville, Utah , United States
Born February 23, 1925
DiedOctober 06, 2000 (75 years)
Contributoreddy 9_99
Last ModifedRBH
Jul 31, 2015 07:08pm
InfoKoln Gunn McKay

Representative from Utah; born in Ogden, Weber County, Utah, February 23, 1925; attended the Weber County public schools and Weber State College, 1958-1960; B.S., Utah State University, Logan, 1962; served in the United States Coast Guard, 1943-1946; businessman and teacher; served in the Utah house of representatives, 1962-1966 and legislative council, 1963-1966; administrative assistant to Governor Calvin L. Rampton of Utah, 1967-1970; president of Ogden Stake, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1967-1970; chairman, Utah Long Range Goals and Planning Committee, 1965-1967; member, legislative task force on Utah Government Reorganization Committee (Little Hoover Commission), 1965-1967; delegate, Utah State Democratic conventions, 1962-1970; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-second and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1971-January 3, 1981); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980 to the Ninety-seventh Congress; president, Scottish Mission, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1981-1984; died in Huntsville, Utah, on October 6, 2000; interment at the Huntsville Cemetery, Huntsville, Utah.


A Utah Democrat who served in the House of Representatives for a decade before being defeated for reelection in 1980, died of cancer Oct. 6 at his home in Huntsville, Utah.

As a freshman in 1971, he won a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee, and he rose to become chairman of its military construction subcommittee. He also served on its District of Columbia subcommittee.

Mr. McKay, who gained a reputation as one of the more conservative Democrats on Capitol Hill, was an opponent of federal funding for abortions, favored federal balanced-budget legislation and supported most military appropriations measures.

He was defeated for reelection 1980 by Rep. Jim Hansen (R). After leaving office, he held leadership posts in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He was president of the church's Scottish mission from 1981 to 1984 and later served the church in Kenya, Singapore, Malaysia and Pakistan.

Mr. McKay was born in Ogden, Utah, the eldest of eight children. He grew up on a farm and was a nephew of David McKay, the late president of the Mormon Church.

The younger Mr. McKay served in the Coast Guard during World War II and received an education degree from Utah State University in 1962.

He farmed, owned and operated a delicatessen and taught history before serving in the Utah state House of Representatives from 1963 to 1967. He then served as an administrative assistant to Utah Gov. Calvin L. Rampton until winning election to Congress in 1970.

He was elected from the state's 1st District, which included eastern Utah.

Wife the former Donna Biesinger of Huntsville; nine children; three brothers; four sisters; 40 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.


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Father James Gunn McKay 1881-1941
Grandfather Angus McKay 1838-1926
Uncle Ernest R. McKay 1889-1959
Brother Monroe G. McKay 1928-2020

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