Congresswoman, Community Show Support After Popular LDS Teacher Dies from Rare Brain Disorder

by | Feb. 08, 2018

Mormon Life

"Thank you to the community for your generosity on behalf of @Riverton_High teacher Mac Frischknecht, who died of a heartbreaking illness. He touched many lives and will be missed," Utah Representative Mia Love wrote in a tweet. 

Surrounded by family, Mac Frischknecht took his last breath Jan. 30 after a quick, but brutal, battle with brain disease.

Just before Christmas, the popular Riverton High math teacher was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare, degenerative and often fatal brain disorder.

Affecting about one person in every million, CJD usually runs a rapid course. An infected individual will experience failing memory, behavioral changes and eventually complete mental deterioration.

For the father of five, it lasted a little over a month.

Lead image from KSL from Tyson Frischknecht
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