Retired Deacon Arthur J. McLean died July 26, 2013 in Colorado Springs. A resident of Colorado Springs since 1965, Deacon McLean was born to Arthur and Amy Vaillencourt McLean on March 31, 1920 in Duluth, Minnesota. He graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1944, the University of Michigan Graduate School in 1950, and the Air War College in 1965. He served as a P38 Fighter Pilot in the Asian-Pacific Theater. Trained as an Aeronautical Engineer, he was a Project Engineer and Manager of Research and Development for the United States Air Force until he retired as Colonel in 1970. Deacon McLean taught mathematics for 12 years in the Colorado Springs School District. In 1986 he graduated from St. Thomas Seminary and the Catholic Biblical School in Denver, Colorado. In 1987, he was ordained Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church and subsequently served as Deacon for Divine Redeemer Catholic Church. He was active in Catholic ministry in local hospitals and churches, a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and a long-time member of the secular Third Order of St. Francis. For many years, he was active in the sports of squash and running; an amateur telescope maker, and a home improvement expert. He was married for 63 years to Elizabeth Allen McLean, who preceded him in death. They had seven children: John of Simla, Colorado; Suzanne Giles of Loveland, Colorado; Gregory, Mary Frances, Mariann Wolfe of Colorado Springs, and Virginia Hall of Sun City West, Arizona; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. His son Michael of Portland, Oregon preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother Richard (wife Roseann) of Duluth, Minnesota. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Cathedral on Tuesday, July 30 at 2:00 pm. Mountain View Mortuary is handling the arrangements. "Deacon Art was consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, devoted to the Liturgy of the Hours, and cherished the Catholic faith."
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Published in The Gazette from July 28 to July 29, 2013