Donna Colleen Egan Pack, age 92, from Salt Lake City, died peacefully on June 20, 2021. She was born January 16, 1929 in Park City, Utah to Horace Frederick Egan and Elizabeth Willes Egan. When she was born, one of the nurses suggested that she have Colleen as part of her name because of her Irish heritage, so she was named Donna Colleen. Mom had fond memories of her childhood in Park City, where her father was the President of Utah State Bank. On Friday nights, she and her siblings enjoyed going to the Egyptian Theater on Main Street. During those days, the movie cost a dime and a penny bought two pieces of candy at Pop Jenkin’s Confectionary store. Mom played the clarinet in the school band and loved marching in the Park City 4th of July Parade.
Mom was extremely patriotic. At the beginning of WWII, she was proud that her father was called to active duty and stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco. She supported the war effort and made personal sacrifices while her father served in the military. Mom frequently shared her love for country and freedom with her grandchildren.
At age eleven, her family moved to Yale Avenue in Salt Lake City. She graduated from East High School in 1946 and then attended the University of Utah, where she joined Delta Gamma Sorority. Mom graduated in 1950 with a degree in Elementary Education. After teaching for five years, she married her sweetheart Dick Pack on June 19, 1954. Their marriage was an “affair to remember” and a true love story.
Mom loved being a mother and took time off from her career to raise her children. In 1963, she returned to teaching and taught at Woodstock and Upland Terrace Elementary schools. She loved being in the classroom, teaching ukulele to her students, and taking them to Mill Hollow camp in the summer. She retired after 35 years of teaching. It brought her great joy over the years when students would tell her, “Mrs. Pack, you were my favorite teacher!” Mom was active and enjoyed to skiing, golfing, hunting, outdoor activities, watching football games with her grandchildren, and spending time with her family at their Kamas, Utah cabin. She loved going to the theater and opera with friends and sister-in-law Dee.
Mom served in many different callings for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including a full-time mission with dad in Raleigh Durham, North Carolina. She will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, educator, and friend. She will be greatly missed by many.
Donna is survived by her children Vikki Pack Carrel (Jeff), Cathy Pack Goodrich (Randy), and Debra Pack Collett (Matt), eleven grandchildren Calli Goodrich Wilson, Haley Goodrich Pulley, Tyler Pack, Toby Collett, Whitney Goodrich Christison, Corbett Carrel, Colton Pack, Molly Goodrich Metcalf, Crosby Collett, Cason Carrel, Mattison Collett, twenty-one great-grandchildren and her brother Jerry Egan, sister Pauline Egan Powell and sisters-in-law Iva Lee Egan and Dee Egan. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, sister Elizabeth, brothers Karl and Paul, son Steven, granddaughter Camie Pack Larsen, and loving husband Theron Richard (Dick) Pack.
As a family, we’d like to thank the many professional caregivers from Highland Cove Assisted Living and Active Home Health and Hospice.
A private graveside service will be held with immediate family members at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.