Leo Myron McDonald
1929 - 2013
Leo Myron McDonald, 83, was born Aug. 24 1929 in Waterford, Mich. He died June 17, 2013 in Payson.
Mr. McDonald had a mechanical contracting business for 40 years in the metropolitan Detroit, Mich. area. He took great pride in the many large commercial buildings, as well as schools, hospitals, city and county projects he was instrumental in constructing.
During the Korean War, Mr. McDonald was drafted into the U.S. Army. He spent part of his service to the country with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructing the DEW line (Distant Warning System) along the Arctic to protect the United States during the Cold War.
He was an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico — many times flying his Cessna aircraft to the sites. He was a competitive trap shooter, traveling around the U.S. and Canada and a lifetime member of the Okoboji Indian Trap Shooting Club. He was a member of the Michigan Trap Shooters Association since 1962, the Birmingham Gun Club and the Detroit Gun Club, both in Michigan, and the Bird Busters Shooters Club of Payson.
Mr. McDonald was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, a sister and a daughter, Kaye Marie Emmanuel.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Suzanne Cover; and his children, Gwen McDonald of Arizona; Linda Wessel and Scott McDonald, granddaughter Crystal McDonald and stepdaughter Christine Keener, all of Michigan.
Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, June 24 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Phillips St. in Payson. Following the Mass, friends are invited for refreshments in the community room at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Road. Services will be held at a later date in Michigan.
Donations in memory of Mr. McDonald may be made to the Mogollon Sporting Association and the Payson Bird Busters Shooting Club.