Robert McLean Hendricks (Mac), 38, of Salt Lake City, UT, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016. He was an extremely caring and sensitive person, that had been suffering from mental illness since he was a teenager. Mac portrayed himself as an outcast or someone that is very different because of his illness, it was very difficult for him to communicate or seek help.
Mac spent many hours with his parents, grandparents, cousins and brothers on the land his family owned in Island Park, Idaho. Every day was a new adventure at “the Ranch.” The Ranch was considered sacred ground for his cousins and brothers to camp, ride motorcycles, snowmobiles and let their imaginations run wild.
Mac could transform a scrap of wood into a miniature sailboat, wires and batteries into robots and bring any idea to life. Building and creating were passions he enjoyed throughout his entire life. He also spent many hours working on cars in the family garage. When Mac was 14, he bought his first car for $400---a 1973 MGB-GT that he invested time and energy to completely restore.
Mac was extremely talented and creative; he loved working on projects, many simultaneously. He had a passion for old projectors and cameras, taking them apart and putting them back together. At Christmas time, he would find an old movie for the family to watch on one of his projectors.
Mac was a loving, sensitive and very devoted friend to anyone that knew him. He had an incredible talent for photography. He was fascinated with capturing images and turning them into art. He was also an amazing artist. His meticulous drawings are masterpieces of precision and full of emotion.
In January, 1998, he enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. On April 1, 1999, he was a Private First Class Marine; in July he was accepted into the School of Infantry and received an award for meritorious academic achievement as the Academic Honor Graduate of the Motor Vehicle Operator Course 41-99. In August of that year, he received another certificate of achievement and was promoted to Lance Corporal in Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
In December, 2006, Mac met Camille Berntsen from Salt Lake City, who moved to Seattle shortly after to be with Mac. They began building a life together in the Pacific Northwest, a place they both love dearly. They thrived in the Seattle atmosphere---taking ferries to the various islands, having fish and chips on the pier, and visiting his daughter, Raeleigh, who was living in eastern Washington. Mac and Camille were married in Waterford, Ireland on April 20, 2012, staying in a different castle every night of their week-long stay. Ireland always held a special place in their hearts, and union.
Mac and Camille loved spending time camping in the Uinta’s and Yellowstone National Park, riding their motorcycles, and driving their restored Triumph Herald around town. They have two dogs together---Mazzy and Django. Mac bonded with Mazzy instantly and loved her dearly. Mazzy adored Mac and misses him greatly.
An Irish Blessing: May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hands.