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Don E. McDonald


BUSKIRK, N.Y. -- Mr. Don E. McDonald, 82, a resident of Abbott Road, Buskirk, formerly of Ledyard, Conn. died Tuesday morning, March 11, 2003 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt. following a brief illness.

Born in Portland, Ore., Oct. 13, 1920 he was the son of the late Aurelius Miner and Lydia (Falkner) McDonald. He received his early education in Portland.

Mr. McDonald was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and was aboard the U.S.S. Arizona when it was destroyed at Pearl Harbor. He later served for 23 years with the United States Coast Guard where he was an instructor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. and later at Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Conn.

Mr. McDonald married the former Louise F. Brown on Dec. 12, 1944 in Boston.

Mr. McDonald was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Groton, Conn.

He was an active member of the Bennington branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints. Following retirement Mr. McDonald and his wife, Louise, served an 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Survivors include his wife Louise F. McDonald of Buskirk, N.Y.; a son, Mark McDonald of Orange, Conn.; four daughters, Rae Melson of Kanab, Utah, Pat Taylor of Spanish Fork, Utah, Alison Laming of Groton, Conn. and Nancy Walker of Buskirk, N.Y.; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. McDonald was pre-deceased in 1992 by a grandson, Robin Leming, also by three brothers, Aurelius F. McDonald, Edward E. McDonald and Leo R. McDonald.

Funeral services will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Thursday evening, March 13 at 7 p.m.

Transfer will be made by the Mahar & Son Funeral Home to the Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St., Groton, Conn.

Services in Connecticut will be held Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 1230 Flanders Road, Mystic, Conn.

Committal will take place in the family lot in Avery-Stoddard Cemetery, Ledyard, Conn.

If friends desire contributions in memory of Mr. McDonald may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Aid Fund through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 12, 2003
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