Jonathan M. McFadden, 68, of Conway, passed away March 26, 2014, after a valiant seven-year battle with cancer.
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A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Conway Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints chapel. The address is 2045 Dave Ward Dr., Conway, AR 72034-7720.
McFadden was born Aug. 29, 1945, in Mesa, Ariz. He graduated from Conway High School in 1963. He served from 1964-1968 in the U.S. Marine Corps. He went on to work as a mechanic at Northrop Aerospace in Fullerton, Calif., Faulkner County Road Shop in Conway, UPS, and also assisted in programming many applications for the State and local businesses. He retired after 30 years as a mechanic and fire chief at Kimberly Clark Corporation.
After retirement, McFadden enjoyed the rest and comfort he found on his 45-acre farm in Conway and took up many hobbies including hunting, fishing, canoeing, woodworking, gardening, beekeeping, cooking, and model railroading. He was a member of the Faulkner County Amateur Radio Club as an Extra Class radio operator. He volunteered many hours teaching ham radio classes and conducting exams.
He donated many years of service to the Boy Scouts of America and his three sons became Eagle Scouts. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
McFadden was predeceased by his father, Grayson Mitchell McFadden; his mother, Josephine Elizabeth Blamires; sister, Velene McFadden Chatwin; and brother, Delbert H. McFadden.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Irene McFadden; sons, William (Amy) Wesley McFadden, Allen (Sondra) Stewart McFadden, and Joseph (Michelle) Christian McFadden. Surviving grandchildren include Matthew, Lauren, Macy, Mady, Cameron, Iain. Also survived by brother, Richard (Pamela) Mitchell McFadden; sister, Anne McFadden; brother, Steve McFadden; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Sue Tsuda and her staff for their care and treatment. The family also wishes to thank all of the nurses on the second floor of the Conway Regional Medical Center for their love and care.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
Jon was a hard-working and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and mentor. He was proud of his sons and helped them go to college where they each became engineers.
"We will miss you. We will always love you. Semper Fi."
Please share your messages of love, comfort and support with the family at www.griffinleggettconway.com.
Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from Mar. 29 to Apr. 5, 2014