David R. Macdonald
06/29/1938 - 11/03/2021
It is with great sadness that I share the news of David's death on November 3, 2021 due to complications of pulmonary fibrosis, a side effect of the medication Amiodarone he used for his Atrial Fibrillation. David worked hard as a professional photographer all his life, working for the Vallejo Times Herald, as a photographer for the US army, teaching for 32 years at Vallejo High School and Vallejo Junior College and photographing weddings for his students. He had a keen eye for color and composition and was much loved by his students who greeted him enthusiastically everywhere he went. He was known for turning his classroom into a pinhole camera! David was an avid hiker and backpacker and logged thousands of miles on his hiking boots while always wanting to see what was beyond the next bend. In 1991 he met the love of his life, Viki, and they married in 1997 after David retired from teaching. He lived in Grass Valley since 1996. David volunteered for 20 years at South Yuba River State Park, building trails, teaching gold panning, and helping with construction projects. He loved to travel and visited many countries all around the world. He also loved cruising in his later years when his body began to slow down. He was extremely proud of his children, Kevin, Marvely, Yvonne and George; as well as his grandchildren, Tyler, Molly, and Kaitlyn. He had a special place in his heart for his brother, Phil, who shared inside jokes with him, as well as his lifelong friend, Kal Gaylor, an accomplished poet and loyal pal. The world was a better place because of David's contributions and he will be greatly missed!

Published by Times Herald Online on Nov. 10, 2021.
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I just found out about Dave's (Mac's) passing. As a matter of fact was thinking about him recently. Mac was my favorite teacher and mentor of all. We stayed in touch via email for a period of time in later years. Mac's class was always my favorite and I always looked forward to being there! Many fond memories of Mac and his antics and sense of humor. There was only 1 Mac! God rest your soul old friend.
Von Stafford
December 3, 2021
Mr. MacDonald was a great teacher at Vallejo Sr. High - not only did I take his photography class - but he was my brother's (Von Stafford) mentor and really inspired him to continue with photography throughout his life. Thank you for your kindness, R.I.P., Kim David Stafford
Kim David Stafford
November 15, 2021
I was shocked to hear about Dave's passing. Dave, his wife Vicki and I were docents at the South Yuba State Park at Bridgeport for many years. The photo shows us at a Ghost of Bridgeport event at Bridgeport in 2010. (Dave is at the left and I'm at the right.) What fun we all had...such good memories. His was truly a life well-lived. My condolences to Vicki and his family. 'Will miss him.
Barbara Pixley
November 15, 2021
Best brother-in-law ever! He brought me so much joy and was always fun to be around. He and Vicki had a great love story that has inspired many many people. David, you will live forever in our hearts.
debbie smoker
November 13, 2021
mr. Macdonald turned me on to a lifetime love for photography.His skill and enthusiasm for showing myself and countless others the joy of creating pictures, starting with a pinhole camera all the way to the class 8mm semester project gave me a hobby that I still enjoy. Bravo! Dave you 're what a great teacher is made of.
Jim Carpenter
November 12, 2021
I was also a student of David´s photography and summer photo lab classes. I remember David as a wonderful teacher and fondly remember all the great times we all shared. I got to know Dave even better through his brother, Phil. I will miss Dave but I am gratified that he lived a satisfying and happy life.
Robert Fong
November 11, 2021
Mr. Macdonald (Mac) was my photography teacher at Vallejo High in 1975-76. His method of teaching made you want to be there. He loved his job and more so, the students. He just cared. RIP MAC. You made a difference.
Melissa Ferguson
November 10, 2021
Yours was a life well-lived. I knew you as a student, colleague and friend. The best hours were spent behind a nice cold libation drinking in the laughter among friends; your laugh was sudden, loud and raucous but most of all, infectious. Cheers, Dave!
Daniel Flanigan
November 10, 2021
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