Bob Macdonald left this world on Feb. 22, 2013, at the age of 86. He was born Oct. 24, 1926, in Jersey City, N.J., to Walter and Vivian Macdonald. As he grew up, he enjoyed spending his summers at the family cabin at Twin Lakes, Pa. and at camp at Eagle's Nest Farm. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and spent many years as a camp counselor.
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Bob entered the University of Maine as a 16-year-old freshman and studied mechanical engineering. He was on the tennis and basketball teams for three seasons at the University. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on his 18th birthday and had a brief tour of active duty before the war ended and he was discharged to go back to college. He graduated in 1948. Bob worked for several years for Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory in Ithaca, N.Y. and for Thiokol Chemical Corporation in Albuquerque, N.M. and Brigham City, Utah before changing careers.
During a business trip to the east coast, Bob made a side trip to Montreal, Quebec, where he met his future wife and his best friend, Molly. After a couple of years of a long-distance relationship and about 10 days together, they were married on Oct. 9, 1962. Bob took on the roles of husband and of father to Molly's two daughters, Ann and Beth, and nine months later, Jill was born.
Bob was an avid tennis player and played on several championship teams over the years. He continued to play well into his 70s. He also enjoyed photography, and his home is filled with wonderful scenic photographs. In addition to tennis and photography, Dad loved to ski. He served on the ski patrol at Alta. After he married Molly, who was a ski instructor, he also became a certified ski instructor at Snow Basin in Utah. He and Mom decided that since he loved skiing, he should change careers and get into ski area management. He managed several ski areas in New York, Vermont, Washington, Arizona, Utah, New Hampshire, Colorado, West Virginia, and in Montana, where he managed Bridger Bowl from 1974 through 1980. He also served for several years as a ski area consultant and was a contributor to Ski Area Management Magazine.
Bob was active for many years in S.C.O.R.E., and he was a member of St. James Episcopal Church.
Bob is survived by his daughters, Ann Engebretson of Bozeman, Mary Beth San Juan of Honolulu, Hawaii, Jill Myers and her husband Michael of Colstrip, Mont., six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and his sister, Ruth Razzetti of Delray Beach, Fla.
A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 1 p.m.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 27, 2013