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Lynn Morris McQuern

1941 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Lynn Morris McQuern Obituary
LYNN MORRIS MCQUERN (Mac) Mac died at home in Riverside, CA April 10, 2016 after a long struggle with diabetes-related health problems, including a heart attack, kidney failure and, finally, a stroke. He was 75 and long retired from careers as an environmental planner and a journalist. He was born March 8, 1941 in Frankfort, Indiana, to the late James and Mary McQuern. He spent much of his youth helping on the small family farm near Lafayette, Indiana, working part-time jobs and participating in scouting, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He worked his way through college earning, with the help of an Alcoa scholarship, a journalism degree from Indiana University where he competed in the Little 500 bicycle race and served as managing editor of the Indiana Daily Student newspaper. After graduation in 1965, he enlisted in the Army, receiving his draft notice while in basic training. He trained in intelligence and spent almost a year studying Japanese at the Presidio in Monterey. He was based in Japan but also worked briefly in Vietnam, leaving the military as a sergeant. He was a police reporter and later a copy editor at The Press-Enterprise, then earned a master's degree in environmental administration from the University of California, Riverside in 1974. He worked as an environmental planner for regional planning agencies in Sacramento and San Diego, for the cities of Rialto and Moreno Valley and for the Western Riverside Council of Governments. He was president from 2000 to 2002 of the Riverside Land Conservancy which honored him with a presidential award in 2003 and with the Beverly Wingate Maloof award in 2011. He also had been a member of the board of Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful, which honored him as volunteer of the year 1998-1999 and planted a tree in his honor near Fairmount Park's band shell in 2005. He also was a member of the boards of the Riverside Public Library Foundation and the Volunteer Center (now Community Connect). He volunteered at the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center socializing cats and taking dogs to such places as nursing homes. His other volunteer work at various times included taking library books to shut-ins, teaching adults to read, driving elderly people to medical appointments and planting and watering trees. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Riverside. He is survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Marcia McQuern; his sister Darryl Ann McQuern of Mooreland, Indiana; and his brother Lyle McQuern of Frankfort, Indiana. Other survivors are brother-in-law David Knopf of San Rafael, California; nephew Gary Pothuisje of Lockington, Ohio; nieces Kim Pothuisie of DeLand, Florida; Luanne Lane of Elwood, Indiana; Melissa Whiteman of Delphi, Indiana; Kiersti Esparza of Castro Valley, California, and Rachael and Rebecca Knopf of Hayward, California. There will be a celebration of his life May 15 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at his home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the Riverside Land Conservancy (4075 Mission Inn Ave. Riverside, CA 92501,) Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center (6165 Industrial Ave, Riverside, CA, 92504,) Feeding America (2950 Jefferson St, Riverside, CA 92504,) Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (3985 University Ave. Riverside, CA 92501) or the Riverside Public Library Foundation (P.O. Box 349, Riverside, CA 92504).

Published in Press-Enterprise from Apr. 20 to Apr. 24, 2016
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