John William (Bill) McDonald

John William (Bill) McDonald

April 24, 1947

Jan. 5, 2020

John William (Bill) McDonald passed suddenly on Jan. 5, 2020. He was born to John and Aileen McDonald on April 24, 1947, in Tacoma, Wash.

Bill graduated from Lincoln High School in 1965 and received a degree in Economics from Washington State University in 1969. He was then commissioned in the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant and retired as a 1st Lieutenant in 1972.

Bill was employed by Boeing, and during that time he studied at Seattle University for his MBA.  After eight years with Boeing, he became employed by Sundstrand, which became Allied Signal and finally Honeywell. His positions with Honeywell were Director of Finance, Director of Quality Assurance and Radar Product Line Manager. He retired in 2006.

Bill married Leslie P. (Penny) Nelson in 1968.  Their son Jeffrey Scott was born in 1970 followed by their second son, Eric William in 1971. In 1983 they adopted their daughter, Lori Jo McDonald.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents John and Aileen McDonald and his sister, Judy Fritz. He is survived by his wife, Leslie Penny McDonald, his sons, Scott McDonald (Kaylee) and Eric MacDonald (Amy), his daughter, Lori Jo McDonald, his four grandchildren, Jaide and Taylor McDonald and Zoe and Zachary MacDonald, his sisters, Jan Bauer, Kathy Weeks (Bob) and Carol Wrenn (Bill), his sisters-in-law, Shannon McClanahan, Laurel Corral (Ernie) and Eileen Lillie (Steve), cousins and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was very attached to his Scottish ancestry and was happy to visit Scotland in August 2019.  In his early family years, much time was spent boating in the San Juan Islands and skiing at White Pass with family and friends.  He also enjoyed both salmon fishing and fly-fishing. 

In 2005 Bill and Penny bought their Whidbey Island cottage and enjoyed crabbing and fishing with family and friends.  Bill purchased a Model A and joined the Model A Club on the island. The car was driven in many parades on the island.

A memorial service and picnic luncheon will be held at Edmonds Yacht Club on Jan. 26, at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Everett Recovery Café, P.O. Box 2373, Everett, WA 98213.

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