His Life

Patrick Donald McDonald

Patrick McDonald, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle passed away on December 28th in Phoenix, Arizona, his home with his beloved wife Janet for over twenty years. Patrick and Janet were married exactly sixty-three years on the day he passed. The priest anointed and blessed Patrick and Janet’s marriage on their final day together, with their children, Kathleen, Charlie, Patty, Jackie and grandson Tanner present.  Patrick was born January 6, 1931 in Bismarck, North Dakota. He attended Dickinson Central High School, University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota School of Business. Patrick also served in the military during the Korean conflict. He pursued a fifty year career in Human Resources as a Manager, Vice President and Consultant, making many contributions at companies such as Honeywell, ACF Industries and Celanese Corporation. Patrick was an avid reader often consuming a book a day. He was known for his intelligence and wit along with his love of conversation and  “word play.”  He had a knack for coming up with inventive and funny nick names. He loved watching films and following sports, especially the Phoenix Football Cardinals and the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals, having lived in St. Louis for fifteen years. After his retirement in California, he moved to Sun Lakes, Arizona.  He was a founder of the Sun Lakes Irish Club, a member and President of Sun Lakes Chorale, an avid golfer at Sun Lakes Oakwood Country Club, and a member of the Sun Lakes Democratic Club. He loved singing and often sang duets with Janet, as she accompanied him on the piano. He is survived by his wife Janet, son Charlie (June), Daughters Kathleen (Pat), Patty (Leo), Jackie (Tim), and Eileen (deceased), grandchildren Ian, Jessica, Lucia, Kaitlin, Oliver, Tanner, Emma, Blake and great-grandchild Astrid, sisters Jacqueline and Joan and brothers Tommy and Steve, and twelve nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed. A service and internment will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetary iin St. Louis in April. A memorial mass will be held at St. Stevens Catholic Church.