John McDonald (97) of Albany, Oregon passed away on September 11, 2020 at the Lebanon Veterans’ Home.
John Maurice McDonald was born on February 1, 1923 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Nellie Madge Trickett and John Emmett McDonald. John embraced his Fort Ground neighborhood home and friends, reveled in summer days at the lake, and excelled at and loved athletics of all kinds. Upon graduation from Coeur d’Alene High School in 1941 he headed to college at the University of Oregon and then joined the service near the end of 1942. On February 12, 1945 while on a brief leave he married his sweetheart Dorothy Anne Hauge and ultimately shared 73 truly loving years with her until her passing in July of 2018.
Following basic training at Camp Roberts he attended Brigham Young University in the Army Specialized Training program (ASTP). He was called back to the infantry and sent to Officer Candidate School (OCS). En route to Japan, the war in the Pacific theater ended and John became part of the occupying rather than invading force, spending 12 months overseas.
In 1946 he returned home to Dorothy and their newborn son, and completed his education in business at the University of Oregon. John started the first of his careers at Standard Oil Chevron (now Chevron) spending 25 years with the company—interrupted only when he was briefly called up for service in the Korean War. He was released when the third of his four children was born. The growing family lived in Coos Bay, OR; Astoria, OR; Sunnyvale, CA; Spokane, WA and, most continuously, in Portland, OR. Upon retiring from Chevron, John went into the residential real estate business in the Portland area and spent many years in that field.
In 1988 John and Dorothy left Portland, OR for the desert of California where they enjoyed sunshine, family visits, and friends new and old for 30 years. John was an excellent and avid tennis player (until he was 93 years old) and a dedicated swimmer (100 miles a year until age 95). In fact, in 2017 he swam from Tubbs Point on Coeur d’Alene Lake to the city beach—a life long goal. Other (late life) adventures included parasailing over the lake in 2016, sky diving in 2018, and a race car ride in 2019. He was passionate about life and always had a dream up his sleeve.
He was an enthusiastic sports fan (a life-long Oregon Duck booster)—his interests ranging from football, baseball, tennis, and golf to, near the end, the Oregon Women’s Softball team. He was a tremendous reader—particularly of history and biography. He stayed well informed about the world and closely followed US politics. He and Dorothy traveled to five continents, 48 states, and to Canada, and managed to attend every Grand Slam Tennis Tournament in the world.
John made friends wherever he went, including in his new home town of Albany, OR where he moved in early 2019 to live with his daughter Dianne after Dorothy passed away and the desert life he loved became too lonely without her. John’s optimism and curiosity about the world and the people in it never left him. He will never really leave us. We love him and miss him—his voice, his zest, and the twinkle in his eye.
John was preceded in death by his brothers Edison and George (Bob) McDonald, sisters Evelyn (McDonald) Bernard and Mildred, daughter-in-law Tsai Yon “Angel” McDonald, son-in-law John deCarteret, grandson Jimmy McDonald, great granddaughter Emma Farmer, and of course his sweetheart, Dorothy (Hauge) McDonald.
John is survived by his children John A. McDonald; Dianne P. (McDonald) Jones; Becky L (McDonald) deCarteret; Jennie S. McDonald; and grandchildren: Johnny, Jennifer, and Jackie; Eric and Lindsay; Richard, Annie, Aimee, Philip, and Peter; and Sarah and Ben; plus 17 great grandchildren.