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Marvin Kay McLaws

09/14/1934 - 10/07/2020
Service Date: 10/15/2020
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 933 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, Arizona
Visitation Date: 10/15/2020
Visitation Time: 9:00 AM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 933 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, Arizona
Interment: Mountain View Memorial Gardens, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, Arizona

Marvin Kay McLaws, completed his earthly journey on October 7, 2020, at his home in Mesa, Arizona, peacefully returning to his Father in Heaven.

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather was born to Lester Owen McLaws and Florence Standage Cutler in Mesa, Arizona on September 14, 1934.

Kay was married to his high school sweetheart, Fern Audene Allen (Slade), in the Mesa Arizona Temple on September 4, 1954. They recently celebrated the 66th anniversary of their eternal companionship.

As an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kay lead a life of service and devotion. He served faithfully in numerous callings including multiple bishoprics and youth leadership. He served multiple stake missions and shared the peace and happiness of the gospel he loved with many. Kay was always very generous and kind, spending countless hours seeking those in need. Very few people were ever allowed to leave his home empty handed. Kay had a great love for genealogy and serving in the temple. He followed the example of his Savior, Jesus Christ, and had a firm testimony of Him.

Kay was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Dale and Richard and his grandson Austin Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Audene, daughter Pamela, sons Daniel, Randall, Darren and Brent, 17 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Jerrold and his sisters Marnell Davis and Patricia McLaws.

A viewing for family and friends will be held on Thursday, October 15th, 9:00am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 933 East Brown Road, Mesa, Arizona. The funeral will follow immediately at 10:00am at the same location.


  • Douglas G McLaws

    I am going to miss my dear Uncle Kay. His love for family went beyond the veil as he dearly loved doing genealogy for those gone before.

  • Jennifer Ward Badgett

    We love you, McLaws family! Some of my earliest childhood memories are of my dear friend, Brother McLaws. I would run up to him at church and he always had a smile and a piece of candy for me in his pocket. He made me feel like I was his favorite, though I suspect a lot of the children in our ward probably felt the same way. ❤❤

  • The McLaws Family reunions will not be the same without Uncle Kay. He always had great stories he had found to tell us about our ancestors. He helped me appreciate and enjoy family history work. Thank you for such a great legacy.

  • On behalf of the Smith Brothers and the never defeated McLaws Construction Mean Machine Softball Team, We are grateful for having Kay McLaws in our lives. Playing softball a couple of nights a week all year long kept us out of a lot of trouble. Thanks to Kay and his influence for good, most of us went on missions and got married in the temple. We send blessings of love, gratitude, peace and comfort to the wonderful McLaws Family.

  • I love the McLaw’s family. Our prayers are with you. May the Lord bless you at this time. Kay was always so willing to give and help. Many years ago, our family had our backyards meet! What special neighbors they were to all of us. Love you Audene and family!

  • Vaudean Williams

    Kay and Audene have been our friends forever………from going on our first dates together and having our babies together…shared great memories together…..I love them so and pray for Audene to have the comfort of our Heavenly Father with her….she can do this , she is strong. Can’t imagine what heaven will be like with my Bob and Kay together again.

  • Kay and Audene have such a special place in my heart and in my children’s heart as well. We love you both. I will be eternally grateful to Kay for his tender watch care over Leon when they served together in the 42 nd ward bishopric. I imagine there is quite a reunion going on in Heaven. We love you and count it one of our greatest blessings to have known and loved you both.

  • I cherish the memories of serving with Kay and associating with the McLaws family during our years in the 42nd ward. Kay was an inspiration in his folksy way, sharing gospel insights and caring for all who had a need within his scope of influence. Mary Ann and I extend our deepest sympathies to Audene and the McLaws family and want you all to know Kay made a positive, eternal difference in our lives.

  • I have known Kay my entire lifetime. We are shirt-tail cousins through the Cutlers on his mother’s side. Kay was my Asst. Scoutmaster when I was young and in the Mesa 10th Ward. I loved him dearly. Audene, our prayers and thoughts are with you.

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