On April 6, 2018, after a 10 year battle with Alzheimer's, Patrick Joseph McDonald, 68, peacefully passed away, surrounded by his family and close friends.
Patrick was born on August 8, 1949 in Carmel, California and grew up in Pacific Grove. He always had a love of the outdoors. Living on the coast, he spent much of his time at the beach. He loved to race his cars and always had a zest for adventure. From a young age, he was always tinkering with all things mechanical. This provided a basis for his future jobs, which included mill work and aviation. In 1972 Patrick and his first wife, Lynda Mancha, welcomed a son, Patrick, followed by their daughter, Danielle in 1974. They lived in San Jose, California until they moved to Bend, Oregon. While living there, his passion quickly became ski patrol. In 1996, searching for a more relaxed pace, Patrick and his family moved to Idaho to take a job with Galena Trails. He spent as much time outside skiing, biking, hiking, and taking care of his yard as possible. While working at Skywest Airlines, he met his wife, Debbie McDonald. They traveled a bit until returning to Hailey, Idaho as the Alzheimer’s progressed. Patrick was reverently cared for by Debbie for 8 years until he moved into Bell Mountain Care Center, where she continued to visit him nearly every day until his passing. Patrick’s wit and humor stayed with him until the end, and will forever be remembered.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Debbie McDonald, of Hailey Idaho; son, Patrick McDonald (Nina) of Ridgefield Washington; daughter, Danielle Versis of Carey Idaho; step-daughters, Stacy Parker-Ferrari (Ashley) of San Diego, California and Sara Parker-Urbany (Travis) of Hailey Idaho; brothers, Michael McDonald (Sandy) of Alameda, California, and Richard McDonald of Lake Oswego, Oregon; his grandsons, Nikolaos, Mason, Aiden, and Daniel, and his grandaughters, Athanasia, Marika, Kennedy, Adalyn, and Mackenzie.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the caretakers from Alliance Home Health and Hospice, Desano Place, and Bell Mountain Care Center.
“So when tomorrow starts without me don’t think we’re far apart, For every time you think of me I’m right here in your heart"
A celebration of life will be held on April 14 at 2 p.m. at The Life Church in Hailey, Idaho. Cremation is under the direction of Serenity Funeral Chapel Life Celebration Center & Cremation Services of Idaho, Twin Falls. Condolences may be shared at www.serenityfuneralchapel.com.