James D. “Mac” McDonald

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EULESS — James D. “Mac” McDonald, known to his family as Jim, passed away Monday morning, March 28, 2016, as a result of a motorcycle accident at the age of 64.
Celebration of life: 2 p.m. Friday at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel with a procession to Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery following the service. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
James was born July 26, 1951, to Jack and Delpha Jean McDonald in Burlington, Iowa. He moved with his family to Hurst in 1954 and had been in Texas since then. Jim proudly served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army. Jim met and fell in love with the love of his life and married Wanda, not once, but twice. He followed in his father’s footsteps and served as a fireman and paramedic for 45 years and retired with the rank of captain. Jim traveled the world, visiting and working in 29 different countries. In addition, he started three different successful businesses. His greatest passion was his motorcycles. He loved to ride and be free. Jim touched many lives and will be missed by his family and an abundant amount of friends.
Survivors: Loving wife, Wanda McDonald; sister, Marsha Thomas; sister, Beverly Person and husband, Greg; brother, John McDonald and wife, Kelly; brother, Chase McDonald; nieces, Wendy Niedringhaus, Adrienne Person, Rebecca Person, Lynsey McDonald and Ashlynn Hooker; nephews, Erik Person, Bill Thomas, James Thomas, Dustin McDonald, Stewart Person and Joshua Hooker; daughter, Roni Mathis; stepdaughter, Autumn Osmani; grandchildren, Joshua Mathis, Caitlin Alvarado, Sterling Mathis and Naomi Merrill; three great-grandchildren; and many, many friends.

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#1 Comment By Baron On March 30, 2016 @ 2:47 pm

MacDaddy meant a great deal to this man. He took me under his wing and taught me the Profession of Motorcycle Escorting when so many went out of their way to make sure I failed. I didn’t, and it was in large part because of him and his belief in me. Our friendship transended the Escort business and went far beyond. I truly loved him..and still do. Ride Free, My Brother. I’ll see you when I git there. One Love. B

#2 Comment By Sherry null On March 30, 2016 @ 2:56 pm

I so enjoyed visiting and sharing with Jim. He was very kind to me and quirky funny. So sad that.he has left this world!

#3 Comment By Donald Selman On March 30, 2016 @ 3:12 pm

Jimmy, You were a legend to me as to Ray Crowder Funeral Home and ambulance service. When I first met you I was fresh out of high school L.D Bell. You were working for Mid-Cites ambulance service based at Pats Texaco on Pipeline Road. Shortly later when you went to Ray Crowder Ambulance Service you got me a job at Crowders. You taught me alot and all I can say is they broke the mold when you were born. Love you my friend and will miss you, see you on the other side of life KKP-219 over and out.

#4 Comment By Oscar R. Mendiola “OZ” On March 30, 2016 @ 6:33 pm

Big Mac,

I loved your stories, they always made me laugh. I was better having met you and will always proudly call you my brother. It was great knowing you and an honor serving in the Fallujah Fire Dept. with you. A most heart felt condolences to your family and friends. You indeed will be missed sir!!!

#5 Comment By Reed whitlock On March 30, 2016 @ 7:24 pm

I met jimmy in high school. I was working at mid cities ambulance, at Pats Texaco. Jimmy came by and rode with me a few times. I told Pat I wanted him to hire jimmy.I told Pat he was great at being a siderider or attendent. Pat said ok. We had great times at mid cities. We both ended up at Ray crowder and the rest is history. Hope to see u again one day..

#6 Comment By Andy B On March 30, 2016 @ 7:53 pm

I remember very well taking that picture. I was Mac’s driver and he was my Captain at Camp Victory, Iraq. I imagine us poking fun about the picture and how gray his mustache is. He looks legendary because he is, legendary. I also imagine he’s touched many folks, other than myself. This has been a hard pill to swallow. I’ll be there to say “see you later”, on Friday.

#7 Comment By DJM On March 31, 2016 @ 12:26 am

I knew Jim for about three years. One of the finest individuals I have ever known. We all have our shortcomings, and Jim was not immune to them. But I would give everything, to be anywhere near who this man was as I knew him. We all have the good and the bad, but when it comes down to it, this man lead an exemplary life in service of others. When all is said and done, is the world a better place for this “human being” in the world? Well there is not even a question, he is one of those that make us proud to be who we are. Warts and all, I’ll take Jim over all others. He had that effect on me and I will not ever be ashamed of that feeling and reality. I will miss you my friend, you made my life better for who you are and have been since I have known you……Love…..DJM

#8 Comment By Tim Taggart On March 31, 2016 @ 6:43 am

I first met Jimmy in the summer of 1972. I had gotten a job as a EMT with Ray Crowder Joe brown told me to go to an old filling station on Mc Cart & i would be put with someone for training.
My car was broken down( The only car i had was a 1931 Model a Ford) so i hitched a ride with 2 women i knew. When i pulled up Jim and Bob Fuel were out front ,Jim said that anyone that got dropped off at work with 2 women was going to ride with him and Bob.
I was about as green as they come ,but Jim told me to stay on his hip and he would get me trained his way.On the east side that was quite a training.(could spend Hrs on Jimmy’s stories)
I remember how much he talked about Wanda. I always thought how lucky he was was to have someone as loving and understanding as her.
Jimmy you were a leader & mentor to me.You touched more lives than you you ever knew and will be missed greatly. I am so sorry that i am out of town and will miss your celebration of life.

#9 Comment By Les Sharp (PAPGR Reg. 5 RC) On March 31, 2016 @ 8:34 am

Sending our condolences and prayers from Pennsylvania PGR Region 5.

Thank you James for your dedication to your family, your community, to our veterans.

Rest in peace.

#10 Comment By Peter veruki On March 31, 2016 @ 10:50 am

You were so kind and generous to me as part of my extended family. I have fond memories of our conversations – which usually ended with stories of our 2 wheel adventures .. Keep riding on the clouds in heaven. RIP my friend.

#11 Comment By Phil Getz On March 31, 2016 @ 8:38 pm

Mac and I were driving north on Mc Cart one night around 2 am. We got a call, and as I was turning on the lights, Mac grabbed the PA mic and started singing ” Here we come to save the day” over and over. That was Mac. 8 AM that morning we got a phone call for Joe wanting to know “what the Hell were we doing singing on the PA at 2am.”
Will miss you and all the cow tipping you, Troy and Kim would do.

#12 Comment By Timothy Morgan III On March 31, 2016 @ 10:07 pm

Jim was one of the guys that I looked up to during my time in Iraq. I believe in “there’s wisdom with age” and Jim proved true. He had a way of instructing through story telling. I used to sit and listen to him and one of the other senior guys ( Tom) swap stories. I am privileged to have worked along side Jim and I am saddened that his “ride on this earth” was cut short. My prayers are offered up for you Wanda and the entire extended family.

#13 Comment By Campbell On April 2, 2016 @ 11:35 pm

One of my greatest memories of Police academy was sitting next to this old man! Loved just hearing his stories. His look, trying to figure out what he was thinking in those eyes and smirky smile while we where all trying to learn ‘the code’ lol. Definitely one of the greatest people I’ve met in this world of public service. Great mentor. It amazes me that gut feeling that don’t get followed. Mac’s profile had been popping up on my FB page for the last several weeks and I wanted to reach out and just never.made.the.time. Talk about gut-wrenching seeing this obituary come across and find out I missed my opportunity. RIP MAC. Until we met again. My heart goes out to Mrs Wanda. Our class knew all about you – You definitely were Jim’s soul mate and he let everyone know-how special you were to him. I pray that you find peace and comfort knowing that he’s hanging out over Coasta Rica somewhere-

#14 Comment By Roni On April 24, 2016 @ 10:52 pm

I love you and miss you so much.