Donald Angus MacLean, a resident of Palm Springs, age 85, loving husband of Eileen Upton passed away November 30, 2012 at Loma Linda's veteran's Hospital. His wife was at his side. Don was born March 15, 1927 to Glenn and Verna (Jones) MacLean in Golden Valley, Minneapolis, Minn. He was reared by his grandparents and at age 12 boarded in a butcher shop and learned the meat cutter's trade, joining the union. Here he obtained his Christian foundation from the owners. Don never drank or smoked! Without a high school diploma he went on to obtain two earned Doctorate Degrees in Oceanography and Science and Human behavior as well as Master Degrees, one in Police Science. He also had an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Mexico. Don was an avid scholar always reading and expanding his knowledge base. Don's WWII Navy experience was featured in Denise Goolby's column in the Desert Sun. His accomplishments in his lifetime were wide and varied. He was an insurance adjuster, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agent and pilot, a bush pilot in Alaska, a Deputy Sheriff in Hennepin Co., Minn. Taught fourth grade, was the Superintendent of Arcata, Calif. Elementary School District, the Assistant County Superintendent, Orange County, Calif., the Director of the floating Lab Program and Marine Studies Institute, employed on Jacques Cousteau's vessel, the Calypso for eighteen months as a writer of the TV series, was in charge of the USC Oceanography Lab off Catalina Island, wrote the Curriculum for the San Diego Schools, worked the Undersea Lab, (a NASA project with Astronaut Scott Carpenter), and produced and starred in a Scientific TV show in San Diego, Calif. During his career he wrote over three hundred and fifty technical papers, as well as scientific and oceanography text books. He was a member of the Church of St. Paul in the Desert, the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, American Legion and MENSA. He was an active Rotarian while in Arcata. Don met Dr. Eileen Upton while she was his student in a class at the Palm Springs Campus of National University, San Diego, in 1984. It was love at first sight and he worked valiantly to win her over. They were married in 2001. Don was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister. He is survived by three sisters and Eileen's daughters, Eileen Patricia Grodt of Everett, Wash., Roxanne Margo Olason of Lake Stevens, Wash., and Peggy Jean Upton of Ellenberg, Wash., and grandchildren, Nickolas and Sarah Olason. Private Interment with full military honors at the Riverside National Cemetery was held December 14, 2012. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Arlington Mortuary in Riverside. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Paul Memorial Fund or to
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Published in The Desert Sun from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2013