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Byron John McDonald (1938 - 2013)

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Byron John McDonald
Byron John McDonald, ENCS (SS) USN (retired) of Kittitas, WA went to be with his Lord with his family at his side on 26 December 2013 in Yakima, WA. Known to friends and family as "Big Mac." He was born in Spokane, WA, to Byron H. and June E. (Dibb) McDonald on the 9th of December, 1938. Big Mac was 75.
After graduating from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, he served his country as a submarine sailor in the US Navy for 20 years 11 days. Following boot camp in San Diego, he served on 8 diesel submarines as follow; USS Redfish (SS-395), USS Gudgeon (SS-567), USS Pomfret (SS-391), USS Spot (SS-413), USS Caiman (SS-323), USS Raton (SS-270), USS Carbonero (SS-337) and USS Bonefish (SS-582). He served as a diesel electric engineer…. Diesel Boats Forever! Byron was stationed in San Diego, CA; New London CT, and he was a diving instructor for ten years in Honolulu, HI. Throughout his career he earned numerous personal and unit awards along with campaign medals. He earned his qualification as a Navy Deep Sea Diver and Hard Hat Diver instructor. Byron retired as a Senior Chief Engineman (Submarine Warfare).
After retiring, he returned to Spokane and drove 18-wheelers for Georgia Pacific and Wonder Bread as a transport supervisor. He then owned the Running Iron Tavern. He built and enjoyed sharing his 1946 2-door Ford Sedan "Spokana Banana" and 1969 Shelby "Totally Ah-Sum" Mustang at car shows around the US. He continued his love of building show cars and was part of the Dukes Car Club and the ISCA. Byron also enjoyed hunting, stock car racing, and traveling back to Hawaii with his family. He was active with the Flamin Caiman Assoc., The US Submarine Veterans Yakima and the Holland Club of Hawaii. After the death of his parents in 2004, he and his wife Alice moved to Kittitas. While there he worked for MRM Construction and until his death, Johnson's Auto Glass.
Byron is survived by his wife of 33 years, Alice McDonald, his twin Bruce (Judy) McDonald of Federal Way, WA, his children, Laura (Lance) Lafond of Papillion, Nebraska, Lisann Gabble of Moses Lake, WA, Byron P. McDonald, Bruce (Danielle) McDonald, stepchild, John Robert Armstrong Jr., all of Spokane, WA, other stepchildren include Isabelle (Tony) Patlan and Gerald Joe (Jill) Armstrong both of Yakima, WA, nephew, Deaner (Lindsey "Bug") Hink of Ellensburg, 26 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 nieces, numerous grandnieces, and grandnephews. Byron was preceded in death by his parents Byron H.McDonald and June E.Friemuth, stepfather Paul Friemuth, son Rodney and grandson Byron Paul Jr
Viewing will be Friday, January 3, 2014 at Brookside Funeral Home, 101 E. 2nd Avenue, Ellensburg, noon until 5:00 p.m. a Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014, 11:00 am, at Mercer Creek Church located at 1407 N. B St., Ellensburg, WA; Entombment will follow Military Honors at IOOF Cemetery, 1900 Brick Road, A potluck Celebration of Life will follow at the Mercer Creek Church. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to US Submarine Veterans, c/o Les Sutton, 611 S 69th Ave, Yakima, WA 98908-1807
Arrangements by Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory, Ellensburg.


Published in Daily Record from Jan. 2 to Jan. 9, 2014
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