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Donald J. MacKenzie

Passed away on February 13, 2015 at age 78 in Torrance, Calif. Don MacKenzie was born to Loretta Cross and Robert MacKenzie, a longshoreman in San Pedro on September 3, 1936. He started working at the early age of five selling papers and shining shoes. He worked hard his entire life until his retirement from the ILWU in 2002. He graduated from Narbonne High School in 1954. When he was 16, he met the love of his life, Sonja Mann. They were married when he was 17 and started their family soon after with daughter Kelly and two years later his son Don (Joey). In 1955 he joined ILWU Local 13. He was a "90 day wonder" which became the beginning of a long and memorable career. At 29, he made Boss and was the first foreman on the west coast to be trained to handle containerized cargo. He was a well liked and respected foreman, a pioneer and mentor to many. He set the example by his conduct, his sense of fairness and work ethic. He was a selfless role model to many as a foreman and as a person. He gave everything he had to his family, his friends and his work family. He was an avid golfer. He made friends everywhere he went, at work and personal life. He loved animals and spending time with his family. We are very grateful to have had him in our lives. His wife Sonja preceded him in death last year on Feb. 14th after 59 years of marriage and were together again on St. Valentine's Day. He is survived by his daughter Kelly McNerney (Michael), son Donald Joey II (Socorro), grandchildren Donald J. MacKenzie III, Sean MacKenzie, Jeanne McNerney, and extended family members and many dear friends. Service will be held at McNerney's Mortuary on Friday, February 20, 2015, 11:00 am, followed by interment at Green Hills Memorial Park. Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com.

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Published in Daily Breeze from Feb. 18 to Feb. 20, 2015
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