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Fred S. Donaldson, Jr. passed away with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis at Haven Hospice in Gainesville on June 25, 2017. He was born in Chase, Louisiana, on September 26, 1935 with the aid of a midwife at his grandfather's house. His father, from Waldo, married Miss Maude Delane McDuff while employed in Louisiana. Fred is looking forward to reuniting with his loving mother and father and friends in another world called heaven.
After living in Rayville, Louisiana, for a few years his father and family moved back to Waldo. The fourth generation 'Florida Cracker' father continued in his father Jasper's cattle, timber, and grocery store and later turpentine business.
Fred, Jr. (as he was known) led an early life in Waldo enjoying hunting, fishing, and working in his father's store. He started school in the small community of Waldo. He attended Waldo High School and enjoyed playing six man football and basketball. He graduated in a class of ten in 1953. He soon entered the University of Florida, and after some struggles with the early 'C courses' graduated with a degree in agriculture with a major in entomology.
He was first employed by the State Plant Board (now the Division of Plant Industry) as a laboratory technician and worked his way up to a nematologist in the identification of microscopic plant parasites. After six years of laboratory work, in 1966 he decided to go into the farm pesticide business. He worked with Shell Agricultural Chemicals, Superior Fertilizer and Chemical Company, and retired in 1999 after 25 years with Bayer Agricultural Chemical Company, working in Louisiana and Mississippi. Fred worked his way up with Bayer to a research representative position, calling on LSU and MSU research and extension personnel. He also assisted the field sales staff in putting out demonstration plots. During Fred's agricultural career he was a member of the Society of Nematologists, the Entomology Society of America, the Mississippi Entomology Society, the Florida Horticultural Society, and was president of the LSU Entomology Society. Despite many hours in hot cotton, soybean, and sugarcane fields, it was enjoyable work and he remained in touch with many of his industry friends after retirement.
Fred was also a life member of the NRA and the Sons of Confederate Veterans where he was active until his passing. He was very proud of his four Confederate ancestors who didn't own slaves and fought to defend their families and property from Northern aggression. Two of his Confederate ancestors mustered out in Waldo in May of 1865, and one is buried near Fairbanks at a remote Hatchet Creek cemetery.
Fred joined the Florida National Guard at Gainesville (Company B, 124th Infantry) in 1953 along with several other Waldo boys, and went to many weekly meetings and summer training camps. He ended his enlistment in 1961. Fred was also in the Air Force ROTC at the University of Florida.
Fred grew up during World War II and remembered all the soldiers from Camp Blanding, which led to his having many veteran friends over the years. He was an avid reader of World War II and Civil War history and collected memorabilia associated with those conflicts.
He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Judy, who, despite being an FSU grad, is the love of his life. Without her his life would not have been complete. His sister, Patsy Donaldson Cox, also survives him as well as two sons, Michael D. Donaldson (Caroline) of Orlando, Florida, and John F. Donaldson (Jennifer), of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. John gave Fred two granddaughters, Kaira and Madeline Donaldson. He has many loving cousins in Louisiana and one cousin here in Florida.
He was baptized in Lake Alto at the age of 12 and was a long time Christian member of the Waldo First Baptist Church. He was thankful for their help and prayers in his final days. The family is especially grateful to the Haven Hospice of Gainesville and all its staff that gave him attention. Any gifts in memory should be given to Haven Hospice of Gainesville or the Waldo Baptist Church.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am, Thursday, June 29, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Waldo, Fl with Pastor Jim Dubose officiating. Interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Gainesville. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Ave., Gainesville. Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jun. 28 to Jun. 30, 2017.
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July 4, 2017
Goodby to a very special person. Fred was extremely dedicated to his family and to his work He made many valuable contributions to the field of agriculture.
Walter Grimes
June 29, 2017
My condolences to his wife Judy and the whole family. Fred will be missed. He was a good friend. I send my prayers for the family. I will miss him and all the good times we had togather. RIP old Pard
Gary Wiggins
June 28, 2017
We give thanks to God for allowing many of us to have had the priviledge of knowing Fred and the Donaldson Family. May God's grace and peace be with all of you.
PKY Class of 1959
June 28, 2017
Judy, So sorry to read of Fred's passing. May God's grace shine upon you and your family at this difficult time.

Julie Hopper
Julie Hopper
June 28, 2017
Former chaplain, S.C.V.
It seems just a few weeks ago, I was having a phone conversation with Fred regarding "Old Joe", the 1904 confederate statue in the midst of TWO military actions during the War Between the States. Fred is a FINE Christian gentleman. His was a life well lived. He is a great inspiration and example, and we all mourn his passing.
Father Les Singleton
June 28, 2017
So sad my dear loving cousin has passed. Hugs and prayers for Judy, Patsy, John, Michael and families.
Sharon Ford
June 28, 2017
My condolence and prayers to Patsy and the family. Patsy was my high school class mate.
Susan Holloway
June 28, 2017
Judy, we are sorry to hear of this, we wish we would have known and been able to visit with him before. We had no idea of any illness with him. I loved my cousin a lot.
Sandra and Edwin Sanders
June 28, 2017
Goodbye to a fellow worker and a dear friend. You will be sorely missed.
Harry McMenemy
June 28, 2017
We will miss Fred. Prayers for peace and comfort, from your friends at the Historic Haile Homestead.
Karen Kirkman
June 28, 2017
To the Judy and the Donaldson Family.
Fred was a friend that will be missed, but he will be remembered. Our condolences to the entire family.
Russell and Jeannie Pierce
June 28, 2017
So sorry we have to say goodbye on earth. We will miss you. Thank you for everything you have done for our family.My condolences,prayers,and thoughts to the family. May God Bless Love to all❣
Tammy Dougherty-Bergsund
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