He was born on November 21, 1932 to John and Thelma MacDonald in Cayuga, NY.
He graduated from high school there and enlisted in the Air Force.
After his honorable discharge he stayed in Eastern Washington, married first wife Rosemary, started a family and worked for Grange Supply outlets in Almira and Sprague.
John married Eleanor (Ellie) Meyer in 1967.
They honeymooned in Reno and spent many anniversaries there over the years.
Together they owned and operated a number of successful businesses in Davenport including MacDonald’s Restaurant, John’s Appliance & TV (originally a Sears’ catalogue store), Jeremiah’s Boutique (also stores in Cheney and Spokane, WA) and Ellie’s Deli.
They enjoyed trapshooting together and John was the president of the Spokane Gun Club and inducted into the Washington State Trapshooting Hall of Fame.
John learned to hunt as a young man and it remained his life’s passion.
His last (of many trips) to Africa to hunt big game was a month long adventure in Namibia in March.
He made lasting friendships over the years with hunters around the U.S., Canada, Scotland and Africa.
He was a long time member of Safari Club International-the turkey hunts he donated to the annual SCI Spokane auction were always popular.
Ellie died in 2011.
Surviving him are E. Susan (Susie) Meyer, his step-daughter, and four children from his first marriage; Scott (Laurie), Sascha, TX; Susan Schultz, Spokane, WA; Mike (Connie) Wyandotte, MI; Tim (Gwenna), Janesville, CA; his grandchildren Heather Logue, Megan Schultz, Jacob Steed, Jonathan, Christopher, Lisa, Kristen, Melissa, Timothy and Marcus MacDonald; and 11 great- grandchildren.
He is also survived by his siblings; Mary O’Hara (Melbourne, FL); Joan Bilinski (Zephyr Hills, FL); Linda (Bill) Carey (Montezuma, NY); and Richard MacDonald (Nichols, NY).
Sister Nellie Deyo preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be held July 2nd at 10:30 am at Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport, WA.