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John A. (Sandy) MacDonald


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John A. (Sandy) MacDonald Obituary
John (Sandy) A. MACDonald

John A. "Sandy" Macdonald, 69, Attorney at Law, radio host, popular folk musician, and beloved husband and father passed away unexpectedly from heart failure in Seattle on New Year's Day.

Sandy's long broadcasting career included camera operator for (early) "Austin City Limits" episodes, jazz and folk music host with KVNF and KPRN radio in Colorado, and show host for 91.3 KBCS Bellevue's "Lunch with Folks" and "Sunday Folks." Sandy shared his love and knowledge of folk music for many years.

Founding member, guitar player and singer for Happy Campers, Sandy performed at nursing homes and community events. He was a backbone of the Seattle Folklore Society, a concert producer, an advocate for the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and a panelist and supporter of FAR-West Conference and Wintergrass Music Festival. Music friends called him "the essence of folk music, authentic to his core, friend to all, and advocate for the best in all of us."

Born September 27, 1949, Sandy grew up in Seattle and spent summers in Waterville, WA, helping on his uncle's wheat farm. He attended Nathan Hale High School, the University of Washington, then moved to Austin where he studied Radio-TV-Film and graduated from the University of Texas law school.

Sandy devoted his long legal career to serving his community, protecting clients' rights and advocating for equality, justice and fair treatment for all. He met his wife Cathy while working at the Washington Protection and Advocacy System for the rights of people with disabilities. He worked for many years as a civil rights investigator, retiring from the King County Office of Civil Rights in 2016.

A kind, selfless man, Sandy is survived by his beloved wife Cathy Blinka, mother-in-law Lois Blinka, son Logan Macdonald of Colorado, step-daughter Milah Frownfelter, and her husband Matthew Peterson. Sandy's brothers, Bob and Dick, their families, and so many more will miss him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to 91.3 KBCS in Bellevue, WA, or to .
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 13, 2019
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