Fred Macray “Mac” Christensen was the founder of the Utah-based clothing retailer Mr. Mac. He also served as president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from to 2000 to 2012. President Gordon B. Hinckley asked him to be president of the choir due to his managerial and business skills. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Christensen was born on May 11, 1934, and was reared in Ephraim, Utah. He came to the Salt Lake area to work at Kennecott copper mine to earn money for college, but by the time he arrived, a union strike had shut down the mine. So he took a part-time, temporary job at ZCMI instead, which grew into a sales job and eventually a buyer position. After ten years of learning the trade at ZCMI, he and his wife, Joan, opened Mac’s Clothes Closet in Bountiful, Utah. He later bought a clothing store named Mr. Mac in Idaho Falls, Idaho. His chain of stores grew to nine stores.
He retired in 1997 when he and his wife were called to serve as directors of the Washington D.C. Temple visitors center. He eventually sold his Mr. Mac stores to four of his sons, Scott, Stan, Spencer, and Stuart, and his son in law Steve Wynn. He is the father of eight children. His oldest son, Steve, was murdered by convicted forger Mark Hofmann in 1985.
Mac died on October 11, 2019.