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David J. "DJ" McDonald Jr.


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David J. "DJ" McDonald Jr. Obituary
David J. "DJ" McDonald, Jr., 82, of Lecanto, FL, passed away on Fri., Jan. 22, 2016 at Hospice House in Lecanto. A native of Tampa and a long time Plant City resident, he was born Jan. 1, 1934 to David, Sr. and Minnie (Howes) McDonald, one of ten children. DJ, as he was known to many, was a retired employee of GTE and Verizon, with over 30 years of service. Mr. McDonald served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War Era and moved to Citrus County 48 years ago from Plant City. He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Tabernacle, Homosassa, where he volunteered with their Food Bank.
DJ was also a former volunteer firefighter with the Chassahowitzka Fire Dept.; a former employee of the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Refuge; a former member of the nominating committee of Withlacoochee River Electric Co-Op and a former member of the Jaycees in Plant City. David is survived by his daughters Vickie Strickland (husband Robert), Chassahowitzka and Anita Spencer (husband Bill), Homosassa, as well as children Frank Wentworth, New York; Amy Pike, Massachusetts; Katie Ingalls and Laura Hackett, both of New Hampshire; Meg Wentworth, New Jersey; Dan Wentworth, Massachusetts, Shauna Henshaw, Citrus Springs and Betsy Bennett, Hernando; former wife and good friend Nancy L. Wentworth, Hernando; sisters Deloise Johnson, Plant City and Gracie Nelson, Weeki Wachee; 16 grandchildren, including Jonathan Spencer, Tanya Stermer, Michelle Strickland and Melanie Dryden and great grandchildren Hunter, Cason and Parker.
In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his first wife of 47 years, Betty Jean McDonald in 1998; a son, David Joel McDonald III in 2004 and siblings Pauline, Corrine, Maybelle, Helen, Irvin and Irvin's twin infant brother Earl, and Bill, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service of remembrance will be held on Mon., Jan. 25, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. from the Apostolic Christian Tabernacle, Homosassa, with Pastor Marcus Rooks officiating. Interment will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Food Bank at Apostolic Christian Tabernacle, 7961 W. Green Acres Street, Homosassa, FL 34446. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa. www.wilderfuneral.com
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Jan. 23, 2016
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