James Patterson McDonald passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2012 after a short illness. He was born in Bellingham on Jan. 26, 1928 to J. Ivan McDonald and Iva (Gilfilen) McDonald.
At age 17, Jim joined the U.S. Marine Corps during the last months of WWII. He served aboard the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) and later attended the U of W. He had many careers, including grocery store manager, bakery driver-salesman for Langendorf Bakeries, land developer and orchardist (in Tonasket).
Jim was proud of his Whatcom County heritage as the great-grandson of James Patterson, the first settler and founder of the county’s dairy industry and Elizabeth, the daughter of Chief PatKanim of the Snoqualmie, one of the most powerful native leaders in Western Washington in the 1850′s.
Throughout his life Jim has enjoyed fishing, bird hunting, trap shooting, golf and cooking. He was a member of the NRA, USS Wisconsin Assn., American Legion, Washington State Horticulture Assn. and past member of the Bellingham Gun Club.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Peggy; sister, Patricia A. McDonald of Lynden; nieces: Kathleen Maultsby of Tucson, Ariz. and Mary Hess (Steve) of Maple Valley, Wash.; and many great nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 11a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Westford’s Broadway Hall, 1300 Broadway in Bellingham. Military honors will be presented by the American Legion. Reception to follow.
You may view photos of Jim’s life and share memories with the family at www.westfordfuneralhome.com. Westford Family Funeral Home & Cremation