Family from around the country will gather on Saturday to mourn the passing of their dear husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and brother-in-law, Carroll "Mac" McWilliams, who died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday at the Pineview Rehabilitation Center. Services will be at 3:00 on Saturday at the Chapel of the Pines on Almond Avenue. "Mac" and his loving wife of 67 years, Fayetta (Jacobs) have been the center of a loving family who adored him for his kindness, his sense of humor, and for his example of a life well lived. No matter how difficult his health struggles in his last years, he could always be counted on for a belly laugh in any extended conversation.
Mac was born on December 6, 1924 in Los Angeles, California. He was the youngest son of Henry Porter and Mae McWilliams, themselves the center of a loving and caring extended family When Carroll married the love of his life, Fayetta Jacobs, after an extended courtship by correspondence during the Second World War, the Jacobs and McWilliams family truly became one. The two families formed the core of East Los Angeles First Baptist Church.
Mac served in the Naval Intelligence Service in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during World War II. Typical of every endeavor in his life, Mac was hand-picked from the ranks of a torpedo ship bound for the Pacific Theater because of his intelligence, trustworthiness and ability to work closely with others. Twenty-five years later, Mac and Fayetta traveled to Hawaii to celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary and to see together the land from which their courtship truly began.
Mac and Fayetta married on March 23, 1946 in the First Baptist Church of East Los Angeles and were soon blessed with two children, Carolyn Faye and Larry Richard. They lived for many years in Montebello, close to both parents and a myriad of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Mac worked briefly with his father in the family cement contracting business while he waited to enter the Montebello Police Department, where he served for 29 years. He rapidly rose up the chain of command and ended his career as a lieutenant. He was known not only for his leadership, but also for his sense of humor and warm support of the men under his command.
Upon retirement, Mac and Fayetta moved to Paradise, California and joined the Bidwell Golf Club. Mac looked forward to every golfing date and tournament. He gathered a wide circle of loyal friends through his love for golf, many whom predecease him. Mac was an active athlete his entire life. He played on both basketball and baseball teams in high school and continued to play in intramural basketball leagues well into his adulthood. Fayetta had also been a high school athlete and through their love of golf, they explored golf courses all over California and the United States as their major recreation in retirement.
Many organizations were blessed to have Mac's caring leadership and membership throughout the years. He served as President of the Montebello Police Officers Association and was an active Member of the Lions Club during his years in Montebello. After he moved to Paradise, he became active in the Sirs 52, the El Rancho Chico Men's Club, served on the board of the Bidwell Park Golf Club, the Elks' Club, and was an enthusiastic congregational singer during services at the CMA Church in Paradise.
Mac is survived by his beloved wife Fayetta, daughter Carolyn McWilliams of Playa Vista, son Larry McWilliams of Chico; daughter-in-law Bonnie Lotzgezell McWilliams and son-in-law Charles Tigerman; grandchildren Dr. Lesley Bogad, Molly Bogad, Cari McWilliams, Neely Miller (Mike Miller) and Seth McWilliams; great grandchildren Penelope Marie Miller and Micah Jacob Bogad; brother-in law Max Jacobs (Donna) and the many loving nieces and nephews of the Jacobs and McWilliams families.
One of his grandchildren wrote of his passing, "In his memory, please use a lot of dramatic clichés today. Keep your head up; don't forget to smell the roses,; be safe out there - it's a crazy world; just keep smiling. And, if you need any DIY plans to keep deer out of the garden, or stop a door from squeaking, or deter burglars from entering your house using coffee cans and a string, evoke his memory for inspiration. He will be missed."
Donations in Mac's honor may be made to the Jesus Center of Chico. His family thanks the staff of the Pineview Center for the loving care Mac received at the end of his life.
Published in Paradise Post from Sept. 21 to Oct. 20, 2013