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John Andrew MacDonald Resident of Los Gatos 84, died on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013. Born in El Paso, TX, he moved to Santa Clara County at 6 months old. John graduated from both Los Gatos Elementary and Los Gatos High School (1947.) He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart. After earning his degree in Biological Science and a teaching credential at San Jose State, he taught at Markham Junior High until he was hired at Los Gatos High School, where he taught for 37 years until his retirement. His commitment to education was evidenced in his role as a test teacher developing curriculum for BSCS project in Boulder, CO, his many years as a Peace Corp Training program instructor at San Jose State, and his development of the Honors Biology course at Los Gatos High School, which he taught until his retirement. John was an avid environmentalist who enjoyed traveling, hiking and birding. He was equally at peace on a trail in Alaska or at home in his chair with a book and cup of coffee. His brothers William, Donald, and Angus preceded John in death. He is survived by his wife, Betty, their two children Paul MacDonald (Stacie Goddard) of Wellesley, MA, and Brian MacDonald (Crystal Williams) of Berkeley; grandchildren Sophie and Stella; and his children from his first marriage Laureen Adams of Elk, WA, and Chris MacDonald of Denver, CO. A Remembrance Service will be held at the Los Gatos High School Library, 20 High School Court, Los Gatos, on November 24th at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the , 1060 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA 94043 650-962-8111.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Nov. 17, 2013
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