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John Wayne "Sonny" McDonald


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John Wayne "Sonny" McDonald Obituary
July 9, 1935-October 22, 2017

John Wayne McDonald, better known to the world as Sonny, passed away from a life well-lived on October 22nd. Sonny spent his early years in Jacksonville, TX where he organized his brothers and a band of boys in years of building model airplanes, sinking homemade boats, and not wearing shoes.

Conscripted at an early age into his father's welding shop, Sonny began driving the winch truck at the age of ten. At eighteen, he joined the U.S. Air Force--safer than another summer at McDonald Welding. He received an honorable discharge in 1958.

A talented craftsman, Sonny could build anything without needing a set of plans. Over the course of many years, he built a series of cabins in the San Juan Mountains outside of Mancos, CO where he had the good fortune of meeting his wife Jane.

Sonny loved to be on the water and collected boats at every opportunity, owning over eighteen throughout his life.

Here to remember Sonny include family: stepson Dan, stepdaughter Ruthie and their families; sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Don; brothers and sisters-in-law Michael and Lori; Jeffrey and Marty. A legion of nieces, nephews, grand and great grand nieces and nephews are part of his legacy.
Published in The Journal on Nov. 3, 2017
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