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George McDonald



George “Mac” William McDonald  May 14, 1920 - Jan. 21, 2011

Mac McDonald, 90, passed away Jan. 21, 2011, in Yuma, Ariz.

He leaves behind his beloved wife Arlys; daughters Connie Baumberger and Susan Garrison; son Jeff McDonald; stepdaughters Dawn Spencer and Kathie Thompson; grandchildren Chris Combs, Jason Baumberger, Cristy Baumberger, Joel McDonald, Trisha May, Chelsea White, and William Spencer; his beloved  great-grandsons, Mason May, Kaleb Combs, and Ryan McDonald, who he referred to as his triple two’s;  and his young great-granddaughters, little Helena Combs and Molly and Madison Baumberger, who are following in his footsteps of loving horses. Dawn has followed in his footsteps of judging horse shows.

Mac led a very full life. He was in rodeo in his younger days, served in active duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict, and spent years in the Naval Reserve. He rode the Tevis Cup 100 miles in one day, twice, on his horse “Arab.”  He was in the Solano County Sheriff’s Posse in California and rode in the Rose Parade. He showed Arabian horses all over the United States, and was a respected judge of horse shows for 45 years. Mac served as president of the California Arabian Horse Association. He was president of Washington State Horsemen for two years and rode across the state four times with the John Wayne Pioneer Riders and served as their first president. He rode one leg of the pony express through California in 1960.

Mac attended Grace Brethren Church in Goldendale and Foothills Assembly of God Church in Yuma, Ariz.

A memorial will be held at the Grace Brethren Church in Goldendale on May 21, at noon.

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