Franklin “Frank” A. McDonald

Published Jan 26, 2014 at 12:01AM

Franklin “Frank” A. McDonald of Bend OR

July 11, 1920 -- Jan. 22, 2014

He was born in Salt Lake City Utah to Maude (Goble) and Craig McDonald. He moved with his family from Utah to California in 1934, and he graduated from Napa Union High School in 1938. He moved to Sacramento in 1939 to attend Sacramento Jr. College. He volunteered in the U. S. Army in 1942, and was honorably discharged after an injury.

He married Virginia McClain in 1946 and they had two sons, Keith and Alan. He worked in the construction industry for nearly 40 years and retired as a construction inspector.

Frank loved the mountains, skiing, backpacking, camping, fly fishing, and riding his horses mostly in the high country, and cruising and racing sailboats. On the day of his 65th birthday, he packed his skis, loaded up his horse, and moved to Bend to pursue his passion for all things wonderful in our mountains. He was one of the most beautiful skiers at Mt. Bachelor in his prime, and skied out of the Sunrise Lodge most days in a season well into his eighties.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, Wyman and Keith McDonald. Survivors include his two sons, Keith McDonald of Sacramento, CA and Alan McDonald of Sutter Creek, Ca, his partner and friend, Mary Alice Willson, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

At his request, no services are planned. Memorial contributions are suggested to The Nature Conservancy of Oregon, 821 SE 14th Ave., Portland Or 97214, oregon@tnc.org,