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In Memory of

Dwain McDonald

March 24, 1921 - June 10, 2017

Obituary


Dad used to say, " We waited so long to get to this earth why should I be in a hurry to leave it?" Even within two days of his passing, at 96 years, Dad didn't want to cancel his yearly summer fishing reservation.
Dwain Cover McDonald passed peacefully away Saturday night June 10, 2017. He was surrounded by his very best friends.his loving children!!
Born March 24, 1921 in Caldwell Idaho, Dad lived a life full of adventure! His children and grandchildren never tired of his detailed stories that his keen...

Dad used to say, " We waited so long to get to this earth why should I be in a hurry to leave it?" Even within two days of his passing, at 96 years, Dad didn't want to cancel his yearly summer fishing reservation.
Dwain Cover McDonald passed peacefully away Saturday night June 10, 2017. He was surrounded by his very best friends.his loving children!!
Born March 24, 1921 in Caldwell Idaho, Dad lived a life full of adventure! His children and grandchildren never tired of his detailed stories that his keen mind never forgot.
Raised by his mother Echo (Dolly) Cover and Forest Fredrick McDonald the family eventually ended up in Klamath Falls Oregon. It was here Dad met and courted Yvonne Petersteiner. They were married March 8, 1942. Eight years later Mom joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Dad and Mom were sealed in the Salt Lake temple as an eternal family.
When World War II broke out Dad joined the Army Air Force. He became a proficient bomber pilot serving in the European Theater. Dad was discharged one mission shy of the required 35 to help boost the morale of the crews on his base.
Post war, Dad became a pilot for United Airlines stationed in Seattle Washington. Family and church were Dad's highest priorities and greatest joys. Lynda, Sandra, Wendy, Leslie, Nancy and Bill made many a happy memory in their West Seattle home.
After 29 years in Seattle, Dad and Mom moved to Medford Oregon. A huge garden, swimming pool, service as a Bishop and time with family, filled Dad's days.
The mandatory retirement age of 60 made Dad say goodbye to his flying career with United. Dad piloted his last flight with all his children on board. Dad personally greeted every passenger on that 747 flight to Hawaii. This trip began Dad and Mom's love affair with Maui. They enjoyed spending most winters at their condo on the beach!
In 2000 Dad and Mom moved to South Jordan Utah. Sandra, Wendy and Leslie all lived within a 40-minute radius. These three daughters (along with a plethora of wonderful grandchildren) watched over and cared for Dad and Mom the last 17 years. Dad's LDS local ward (South Jordan 7th) and fabulous neighbors have been so loving and caring of Dad, especially since Mom's passing six years ago.
His bride of 75 years Yvonne McDonald, his loving and attentive daughter Leslie McDonald Winder and one granddaughter Debra Lynn Minson preceded Dad in death.
Dad is survived by his children Lynda Allen, Sandra (Barry) Anderton, Wendy (Sam) Jeppson, Doug Winder, Nancy Godbey, and William (Diane) McDonald. Dad's living legacy also includes 31 grandchildren,92 (and counting) great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Funeral Services will be at 12:00pm Saturday June 17, 2017. The viewing will be held prior to the service 10:00-11:30AM. South Jordan 7th Ward Chapel, 9750 South 2200 West, South Jordan, Utah. Interment will follow at Valley View Memorial Park- Lilac Section. 4410 West 4100 South, West Valley City, Utah.