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"DICK" David Richard McDonald

March 12, 1929 — September 20, 2021

Dick was born March 12, 1929 to Ruth and Floyd McDonald in Centralia, Washington. He went to his heavenly home on September 20, 2021 from a care facility in Spokane Valley, WA. He attended Green Bluff grade school, Mead High school and graduated from John Rodgers High school in Spokane, Washington. His career began as an employee of Central Premix driving and operating concrete mixer trucks before enlisting in the US Navy during the Korean conflict. He became a SeaBee (Manual Construction Battalion) and trained to operate heavy equipment while stationed on the tropical island of Guam. Following discharge Dick moved to Eureka, CA where he drove logging trucks and attended Humbolt State College. Returning to Spokane, WA he worked as a heavy equipment operator while constructing Lola Pass (US Hwy 12) until completion. Next he drove tanker trucks transporting fuel for Arrow Transportation in Spokane. He married Sharon Mellon and raised two children Lisa and Lane. After retiring from Arrow he became a land developer and established an excavation company. Dick enjoyed restoring and showing vintage cars and ballroom dancing. His love for the Argentine Tango resulted in him being tagged “Tango Man”. He is survived by his son Lane and wife Shelley McDonald, Wenatchee WA, daughter Lisa and husband Brad Foster, Wichita Kansas. Sister Marilyn Ankerson, brothers Floyd and Rodger McDonald. Five grandchildren and great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Lois Leuthold, Evlelyn DeStefano, Gary McDonald, and nephews Gary Ankerson, Barry and Douglas McDonald. We will cherish the fond memories of our beloved and remember him as a man of faith, charity and generosity, a wonderful father and one blessed with many talents. May he Rest In Peace! Celebration of Life is scheduled November 20, 2021, at 1:00 pm @ Riplingers 4305 N Division Spokane, WA
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