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Floyd "Mac" McFarland

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On Saturday, March 21st, Floyd "Mac" McFarland passed to join his beloved wife, Helen.

Mac was born on January 5, 1915 in St. Louis, Mo. He was a typical dustbowl child, doing whatever it took to survive. In his early twenties, Mac became a professional racecar driver on the circuit racing Midgets until he was called for active duty in the Army. Due to his previous engagement in the National Guard he was quickly promoted to Sergeant. He then was promoted to Master Sergeant and became a demolition expert and sharpshooter.

After the war, Mac had three baby boomer children. Mark was born in 1946, Gail was born in 1951, and Scott was born in 1955. During this time, Mac went into aerospace in St. Louis with McDonnell Aircraft as a purchasing agent.

In 1963, Mac ventured out and moved to Phoenix, where he worked for both Motorola and Air Research. Mac loved the desert, which allowed him to be in an area to own horses. He owned many, but his favorite was "Hobby" a five gated parade horse.

In 1969, Mac was offered an excellent position with Locheed in Burbank, Calif. Hence the McFarland family moved to Glendale, Calif. He later decided to switch his career with Sylvania Lighting Services as West Coast Coordinator, where he retired in 1982.

It was at this time that Mac could pursue his absolute favorite hobby, golf. He played religiously three times a week. He insisted on walking the course until his mid-eighties. He had the opportunity to often play with celebrities such as Bob Hope and Jack LaLane.

In 1988, Mac and Helen moved to Templeton, Calif. After a life in busy cities, they elected to retire to a small community. Close to them were their daughter, Gail; her husband, Marty; and three grandchildren, Nicole, Denise, and Greg.

Shortly after Helen's death, Mac moved to Chico, Calif. to be with his son, Scott; his daughter-in-law, Mary Lee; and his grandsons, John and Corey. While in Chico, Mac thrived on going to John's wrestling matches and Corey's football and baseball games.

Mac will lay to rest next to his beloved wife, Helen in Atascadero, Calif. He is survived by two of his children, Scott and Gail; and five grandchildren, Nicole, Denise, Greg, John, and Corey.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Mar. 29, 2009
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