Obituary: William McDonald

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
William McDonald

William (Bill) David McDonald, 64, of Orion passed away Sept. 22, 2017, at his rural Orion home with his family by his side following a long battle with cancer.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Ltd., Orion. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m, Monday, Sept. 25, at the funeral home. Burial was in Western Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, for humanitarian aid.

Bill was born July 11, 1953, in Yerington, Nev., to David and Maxine Dawson McDonald. He received a chemical engineering degree from the University of Nevada at Reno. He married Kathleen Lawrence for time and all Eternity, April 29, 1976, in the Oakland, Calif., Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Bill was incredibly loving, nurturing, a humble father, brother, grandfather, son and friend. His kind spirit bore witness to his strong testimony of His Savior, Jesus Christ. He loved his family and friends dearly and expressed that through his works here on earth.

He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, and was active in the Boy Scouts of America organization. Whenever the opportunity presented itself, Bill could be found in the company of others, either at game nights, bonfires, or church socials. He had the ability to bring people happiness with his sense of humor and constant love for others.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen L. McDonald of Orion; sons, Ryan (Abbi) McDonald of Prosser, Wash., Travis (Maura) McDonald of Savoy; daughters, Megan McDonald of Alpha, Emily (Aaron) Harris of Kalispell, Mont., and April (Brian) Jensen of Pound, Wis.; grandchildren, Jett, Leia, Irelyn and Lincoln McDonald, Kassidy, Jacquelyn, Amelia and Liam Dennis, Kiley and Tristan Harris, Kiersten and Aliza Jensen, and Sophie Gordon; stepmother, Mary McDonald of Reno; stepsisters, Sharla (Mark) Satterfield in California and Julie (Ray) Forbes of Reno; stepbrother, Jay Marriage of Gardnerville, Nev.

He is preceded in death by his son, Chad D. McDonald; sister, Jenise McDonald; father, David F. McDonald; and mother, Maxine Dawson.

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