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Don W. McKenzie Jr.

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Don W. McKenzie, Jr. shared 61 ½ years with us before complications from a Glioblastoma brain tumor took him on December 3, 2008. He transitioned peacefully at 4:55 p.m. in his home surrounded by love.

Don was a graduate of Grant HS, LA Valley Jr. College, Indiana U., US Naval Officer Candidate School, and N. NV Real Estate School. As the President of Practice Management Services, he created and supported computer software and systems for medical, dental, and small businesses. He was a real estate investor, counselor, and licensee with Remcor in Reno. Don was a 1968 Mexico City Double Gold Medal Champion in Swimming (100m. Breaststroke and Breaststroke leg 400m. Medley Relay) He held numerous records: Regional, Nat'l Jr. College, Big Ten, NCAA, American, Olympic, US Masters, and World championships. He held at least 18 All American Awards and was inducted into the IU Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He enjoyed the Sierra Nevada Masters and the Pacific Masters Swimming groups as well as golfing, skiing, target shooting, wood working, and racing cars, striving for excellence in all things.

He is survived by his father and mother, Don and Clarice McKenzie; wife, Syd McKenzie; children, Amy, Ryan and (Andrea), Anne, Emily, and Amanda McKenzie; new granddaughter, Naomi Mackenzie; siblings, Bob and (Kathy) McKenzie and Suzanne and (Steve) Wortman, and a loving family of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends - he lives on in our hearts.

His Life will be Celebrated at the Resort at Red Hawk in Sparks December 27, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. Affirmative RSVPs would be appreciated [email protected] In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorial contributions to McKenzie Gold c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 490 California Ave, Reno, NV 89509.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Dec. 21, 2008
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