John A. McDonald
1948 - 2019
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John A. McDonald

Seven Valleys - John Alexander McDonald, born on July 13, 1948 in York, Pennsylvania, passed away on October 25, 2019, at the age of 71 at his home in Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania.

John was a dedicated servant to his country, to his community, and to all those who knew him. After enlisting in the United States Army in 1968, he served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam. During his two tours of service in Vietnam, John was twice awarded the Bronze Star, in addition to receiving the Army Commendation medal with "V" device for valor.

Following his service in Vietnam, John was hired as a York City Police Officer, in which capacity he served for 14 years from 1971-1984. John was awarded the York City Police Department's Medal of Valor in connection with an event that took place on October 16, 1975. John was also instrumental in establishing the Police Heritage Museum of York, serving for a time as its president.

In 1984, John reenlisted as a full-time active duty member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in the 104th Armor, which later became the 131st Transportation Company out of York, Pa. While serving with the 131st Transportation Company, John and his unit were deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm from November 1990 until June 1991. This made John a veteran of two foreign wars. John continued to serve in the National Guard when the unit became Company C 103rd Combat Engineers and then Company C 337th Combat Engineers. With over 33 years of service, John retired from the 3rd Cav Stryker Company as a First Sergeant in 2003.

John's service continued in his community of Seven Valleys, where he spent many years as the Borough Council President. John was also a volunteer firefighter for the Community Fire Company of Seven Valleys, holding numerous positions, including board president.

John Alexander McDonald is survived by his wife Jolene "Jody" McDonald of 44 years, as well as his three sons, Michael of York, Robert (Lori) of Dillsburg, and Alexander (Shawn) of Cranford, New Jersey. John is also survived by his sister Kathy McDonald of Pleasantville, New York, his eight grandchildren, Sebastian, Laurel, Sarah, Kyley, Collin, Calvin, Gavin, and Sinclair, and his great granddaughter, Sky. He is predeceased by his parents, Robert E. and Burnetta McDonald and his sister Karen Hamilton.

A memorial service will be held in celebration of John A. McDonald at Genesis Church at 1405 Seven Valleys Road, York, PA on November 9th, 2019 at 2:00pm. The family will have visitation from 12:00pm - 2:00pm prior to the service. The internment will be a private ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made "In Memory of John A. McDonald" to Folds of Honor at, the Gary Sinese Foundation at, or to the Tunnel to Towers foundation at

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Published in York Daily Record from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, 2019.
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November 9, 2019
John was such a wonderful cousin. We lived way to far apart from each other, but I shall never forget my awesome cousin John McDonald. Prayers for your peaceful rest and comfort for your wonderful family.

Cheryl McDonald Lewis
November 5, 2019
Rest in peace John you will be greatly missed by family and friends
Jutta Cresswell
November 5, 2019
Rest In Peace John, you will be greatly missed by family and friends
Jutta Cresswell
November 3, 2019
I met John through my dad who was also a York City Police Officer. He was funny and had a carefree aspect to him. While I was aware of him being in "Nam" I didn't know he did 2 tours in such a dangerous atmosphere, so I was surprised to find out he was also humble about his service. His comrades at YCPD had a nickname for him "Big Mac Attack". I told my son that John was the real deal when it came to serving community and country. My deepest sympathies to his family, many friends and fraternal brothers and sisters. We need more like him today!!!
Kerry Kline
November 2, 2019
Condolences to the family, John and family always treated me like family and I have many fond childhood memories with the McDonalds. Rest in peace John
Jarret Teague
October 31, 2019
You were one of a kind. You were an outstanding Police Officer, friend and brother. You always did your best, your experiences and stories you shared were the best. You were such an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for everything you gave us and the memories you left behind for all of us to share.
George McGee
October 31, 2019
John was a wonderful man. He proudly served his country and his community. We are all better today for knowing him.
Seth Grove
October 31, 2019
Rest in peace
Donald Gettys
October 31, 2019
RIP John
Nancy Jennings
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