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Donald Crawford McCoy
Age 72, died of a heart attack in his home in Terra Linda, CA on Monday, October 11th, 2004. Beloved companion of Sheila, with whom he spent 27 wonderful years. Born in Pasadena, CA in 1931, the oldest child of Donald Crawford McCoy, Sr. and Molly McBride, Don was a fourth-generation Californian who traced his genealogy back to the Revolutionary War. He graduated from Occidental College in 1953 and married Paula Carrigan in 1955. He moved to Marin County in 1961, and started a property investment business with his brother, Douglas McCoy. In 1964, they developed the first modern houseboat marina at the Sausalito heliport at Richardson Bay, where many popular musicians and performers of the day resided, including Bill Cosby, Otis Redding, Nina Simone, Godfrey Cambridge, and Hugh Masekela.
In 1967, Don leased a large estate north of Novato, known at the time as Rancho Olompali, and with a dozen of his closest friends and their children, formed an alternative community called "The Chosen Family." Frequent visitors to Olompali included Ali Akbar Khan, Lou Gottlieb of the Limelighters, and members of the Grateful Dead.
After a life-changing journey to India, Don returned to Marin County and moved to the Meadows of Terra Linda in 1977, where he was very active in the Homeowner's Association. He was known as a helpful and caring neighbor, and will be sorely missed.
Proud father of three loving daughters, Maura McCoy of Marina Del Rey, CA, Dana McCoy of San Marcos, CA, and Mary McCoy of New York, NY, he is also survived by his loving stepchildren, Randon McKendrick of San Francisco, Jilaine Smires of Clear Lake, CA, and Siobhan Passero of Terra Linda, CA; 11 adoring grandchildren: Jesse, James, Donovan, Leah, Alexandra, Olivia, Riva, Sheila, Nina, James, and Andrew; three nieces and nephews; and his younger brother and only sibling, Douglas McCoy of Aspen, CO. Known by his extended family as "Papa Don," his gentle, caring and generous nature made him a truly unique soul -- loved by all.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 16th, at 2:00 p.m., at Olompali State Historic Park, located three miles north of Novato on Highway 101 (entrance must be accessed from southbound lane).
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Oct. 14, 2004
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