Mackray Champ, who introduced his grandson to the game and predicted years ago that Cameron would make the PGA Tour, passed away on Oct. 21, 2019. Here’s a wonderful tribute from Cameron and the Golf Channel.
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A role model, mentor, and the greatest grandfather I could have ever asked for. You taught me life lessons I couldn’t have learned from anyone else. To be loving, caring, selfless and to have the ability to persevere through any obstacle that’s in front of you. You opened my mind to a lot of things this past month, that life itself is the greatest gift we were all given. That you always set out to do what’s right and to do what you truly believe in. The perspective I now have on life couldn’t have happened without you and I will always be appreciative of that and carry on your legacy forever. Give grandma a big kiss for me! Love you Pops! RIP 10-21-2019
Here is the text of his obituary, which ran in the Sacramento Bee on Oct. 25, 2019:
Born June 5, 1941 in Columbus, TX; passed away October, 21, 2019 in Sacramento, CA at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Lulu Champ until her passing in 2014. Greatly missed by children, Jeff and Andrew Champ. Forever remembered by grandchildren, Vanessa, Rachel, Cameron, Madison, Chancellor, Brent and Melissa; and by great-grandchildren, Kiana, Jaleesa, Jocelyn, Ryan, Savannah, Hadley and Everett. Survived by siblings; Glidell Champ, Alva Lee Champ Clark, Edward Scott and Emma Scott Moore and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Mack was a Vietnam Veteran and served his country in the United States Air Force. He retired after 20 years of service. In retirement, he enjoyed his family, taking care of his garden and helping individuals with disabilities play golf. He beamed with pride as he watched his grandson play golf on the PGA Tour. He will be forever loved and missed for all eternity by all those who knew him. A viewing will be held Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 4-8pm at East Lawn – 5757 Greenback Ln Sacramento, CA 95841. A Homegoing Celebration will be held at 11 am, Monday, October 28, 2019 at Hillsdale Baptist Church – 6201 Hillsdale Blvd Sacramento, CA 95842. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to The Champ Family Giving Fund 12657 Acosta Blvd Suite 400 San Ramon, CA 94583.