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Roderick William McDonald

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Roderick William McDonald
4/9/1945 - 1/17/2015
Resident of San Jose
Rod passed away peacefully at home in San Jose on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the age of 69. He was born to Norton Lee McDonald and Helen Kimbro McDonald in Jacksonville, FL. Norton was in the military and Rod spent his early childhood in Japan, upstate New York and Panama. His family returned to Lakewood, Washington where Rod went to middle school and to Cloverpark High School, graduating in 1963. Rod then attended Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington graduating in 1967. He was honored for his basketball success and inducted into the Whitworth University Heritage Hall of Fame. Also, In 1967 he was honored as a NAIA All American. Following an honorable discharge from the US Army, Rod was drafted by the ABA Utah Stars where he played professional basketball from 1970-1973. He was quickly nicknamed "The Rocket" by his teammates and proudly wore #14 jersey as a member of the 1971 Utah Stars ABA championship Team.
He met his beloved JoEden and they married in 1971. After 6 years in Utah, they moved to San Jose and raised their daughter Ann and son David. Rod's career besides basket was in the hotel and transportation industries.
Rod was a devoted family man. His greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his family. He looked forward to annual summer trips to San Jose Family Camp where bridge and gin rummy were played and books were read by the river. Rod enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting activities and was often at the baseball field or at a water polo game proudly watching them play.
He was a dedicated husband, cherished father, best grandpa, loving brother, caring uncle and loyal friend. He will be deeply, deeply missed and always lovingly remembered.
Rod is survived by his wife of 43 years JoEden, his daughter Ann (Rich), son David (Rachel), grandchildren Zach, Paige, Alec, and Porter, brother Fred (Karen), sister in law Debbie and his nieces and nephews Marne, Josh, Matt, Lauren, and Kate as well as his "favorite dog" Romeo who loved nothing more than to climb onto his lap and snore.
Private family services are being arranged. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Whitworth University Athletics, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd, Spokane, WA 99251 or Christopher High Water Polo 850 Day Road, Gilroy, CA 95020 or any .
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 25, 2015
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