In Memory

Roy McDonald

Roy McDonald

ROY GENE MC DONALD Roy Gene McDonald, 55, of Huntington Beach, California, died Sunday, January 4, 2004, of causes yet to be determined. He was born in Snyder, Oklahoma February 18, 1948, to Lee and Nova Irene McDonald. He graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School in 1966, where he lettered in varsity football and track, and was also a member of the Honor Society. He received a B.A. in Aerospace Engineering from Kansas University, during which time he wed Leslie Diane Alagna, his high school sweetheart. Married for 30 years, they had two children, Phil and Alisha. He was a pilot and Captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1969-1973 where he served at Raimstein Air Base in Germany. He worked with Lear Jet in Wichita, Kansas, and later did classified work as an aeronautical engineer for both the Northrup and Boeing corporations in California, where he worked for nearly 20 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Nova McDonald, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and a brother, James E. McDonald of Washington D.C. He is survived by his sister, Linda Lee McDonald of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; his daughter Alisha Ann McDonald of Costa Mesa, California; his son Philip Lee McDonald, daughter-in-law Joy Lynn McDonald, and grandaughter, Kayla Joy, of Huntington Beach, California.

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09/12/16 10:58 PM #1    

Ron Bradbury

Death ends life but not the memories of a valued friend. Roy McDonald "Mc D" and I were connected in a way which i can't explain. Roy achived so much in a short period time excelling in almost everything he did. We first met while attending Broadmoor Jr High School.  We were close friends through our high school and our freshman year at KU where we shared an apartment. By that time Roy and Leslie were inseparable and I was the fifth wheel if you know what I mean. Roy completed his education at KU and I moved on to SE Asia. We resumed our friendship when I got back to the land of plenty and round eyed women. Only this time there were three of us as Roy and Les had married. What a wonderful woman she was and is. The last time I had face time with McD was in Valdosta, Georgia where he was in flight school if my memory serves me which would be a rare event. After that the only contact we had was an occasional telephone call and when I learned he was gone I found it very hard to accept the truth. I am reminded of a 1970's song popularized by James Taylor which kinda sums things up.

Iv'e seen fire and Iv'e seen rain

Iv'e seen sunny days that i thought would never end

Iv'e seen lonely times when I could not find a friend

But I always thought I would see you again.

If I were a writer I would have changed the ending.



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