Sunny Mahe grew up in Allen, Texas. She came to Utah to attend BYU, where she became an All-American member of the Y's women's volleyball team.
At BYU, she met and married Reno Mahe, a BYU football player and current coach. After college, they moved to Philadelphia where Reno played football for the Philadelphia Eagles for five years.
Sunny has been a columnist for The Daily Herald, but her primary focus has always been her family. Reno and Sunny have eight children.
In the fall of 2016, the Mahe's three-year-old daughter, Elsie, was involved in an in-home accident and passed away after a week at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. The couple started a foundation in Elsie's honor — The Miracles From Elsie Foundation — which gives financial assistance to families experiencing medical crises, provides grief counseling to families who have lost a child and promotes organ donation awareness.