A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, November 28 at 2:00 P.M. at Webb Sanders Funeral Home to be continued afterward at The New Beginings Family Fellowship Church in Lindsay for Thomas (Tommy) William McDonald Sr. 52 of Lindsay, who passed away November 16. Tommy's dear friend Pastor Dale Rains will officiate and interment will be private at a later date.
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Tommy was born July 31, 1959 in Lancaster, California to Robert Sr. and Francis McDonald and was raised in Lancaster, Redondo Beach and finally in the Porterville area. He attended school in Strathmore and then Porterville High. He worked as a mechanic and truck driver for many years and recently purchased his own rig and became owner operator.
Tommy will be remembered for his love of all things racing. Drag racing, circle track (dirt or paved), name it, he loved it all. He loved motor sports. Over the past year Tommy got most of his enjoyment watching his son (Bud) race at Fomosa. He was making the transition from driver to crew chief. When you see the number 28 painted on a race car we all think of Tommy.
He also enjoyed camping, riding the quads, water sports. Most of all he looked forward to the annual family trip to Pismo Beach for the 4th of July holiday. For those who have been to comp hill during the July 4th holiday might have raced him up the hill with his dune buggy once or twice or ten times. He would race someone up the hill win lose or draw and to turn around and go back up again. He enjoyed being with family and friends and having a good time.
Tommy is preceded in death by his mother Marsha Campbell. Tommy is survived by his wife Leslie McDonald of 21 years from Lindsay; Sons Thomas (Bud) W. McDonald Jr. of Hanford and Derek E. McDonald of Sacramento; Daughters Michelle Cervantes of Gilroy, Brandy Goss of Lindsay; his twin brother Robert (Bobby) William McDonald of Excelsiors Springs, MO; sisters Patricia McDonald of Barstow, Diane McAllister of Ennis, MT; and Barbara Beaman of Vacaville; 2 grandchildren Carlos M. Cervantes and Emily R. Cervantes of Gilroy, brother in laws, sister in laws, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. He was loved by all and will be missed deeply. Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 27 from 2:00 until 7:00 PM at Webb Sanders funeral home.
Webb Sanders Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at webbsandersfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Porterville Recorder on Nov. 27, 2011