Randy Macdonald
(1947 - 2018)

Randy Macdonald

May 9, 1947

March 14, 2018

Please join us as you are able for a celebration of his life:

A Memorial Service and BBQ celebration in Golden, Colorado
Saturday April 28th, from 3-7PM
The Genesee Foundation
24425 Currant Dr,
Golden, CO 80401


For his friends and family on the East Coast who won't be able to attend, we will also schedule an informal gathering to scatter his ashes in his hometown of Haddam, Connecticut in the near future.



George Randolph Macdonald passed away on March 14, 2018 at the age of 70. He was born May 9th, 1947 to Hildegard (Mooz)Macdonald and Donald Macdonald in Haddam CT as the youngest of three children, being preceded by his older sisters Karin and Eleanore. Independent by nature, as a youth he found income by working paper routes for the Middletown press and managing a flock of egg-laying hens. Much of that income went towards stamps and comics, but he also had a soft spot for spending on “critters” that he encountered on his paper route and during his adventures along the nearby woods and streams. He loved interactions with animals of any kind, and often put the needs of animals before his own. Notably, he had a dog named Lassie, a pet squirrel named Chico who lived in his house, multiple unnamed box turtles, and an alligator that his sister Eleanore gifted to him.

He attended University of Rochester and was an enthusiastic member of the Beta Delta Gamma fraternity. However, after seeing the societal change that was sweeping the country, he dropped out to chase the music, adventure and ideals of the time at movements like the Black Panthers civil rights march, and festivals like Woodstock, where his social experiments in meditation and brown rice only diets met the realities of living in the mud with 40000 people for 12 days. He ended his diet by eating a hot dog with disastrous results. During this time he was frequently on the move, and nurtured his lifelong love for cars and road trips by teaching himself how to fix the often broken VW’s he loved to adventure in. This habit was so practiced he could change an entire VW motor in less than an hour, and after making his way west to Colorado, it was easy for him to find work as a mechanic. He met his wife and long time partner in crime Frances Fan at a local pick'n sing, and eventually married in 1976 at an outdoor, hike-in wedding near the top of Rocky Mountain Forest Lakes by Rollins Pass. A pair of free spirits, they honeymooned by driving through Mexico and Guatemala in a salmon VW bus named Big Pink. With a spare engine, a half coyote dog named Beasley, and a homemade dulcimer along for the ride, they explored the backroads and cultures of Central America (asking “donde esta el KOA?”) and perfected the art of adventure.

When the newly weds weren’t fishing and backpacking in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, or nearly dying of hypothermia while cross country skiing, they led a merry band of rogues on inflatable and highly suspect rafts down class 4 and 5 rapids. Miraculously, they survived these and many other adventures, and went on to have three children: Mara, Erin, and Scott. While the nature of their outings was changed by the arrival of small, hungry and inquisitive mouths, the adventures themselves continued; over the years they made it a point to take the kids on road trips, ski trips and dive trips, and he even obtained a captain’s license to take them on a sailing trip too. The increasing cost and complexity of these adventures quickly became impossible on a mechanic’s salary, so Randy went back to school and graduated with both an BS and MS in engineering physics. He worked on many engineering projects, but he found his professional passion when he and NBA star Chuck Williams co-founded a company called Dominion Services Inc. to provide asbestos removal capabilities to the Denver Metro area. They grew the business for many years and won a national small business award in Washington DC. He considered his coworkers and employees a second family, and made many lifelong friends through the experience

After exiting Dominion and retiring, Randy became increasingly involved in the high school his children attended, making sure that they and D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. high were the absolute best they could be. By this point he had shed his youthful ideals of free sex, drugs, and rock & roll, and strongly believed in conservative values, a liberal arts education, and occasional rock & roll. Once his children had all made it through the rigors of his parenthood and escaped to college, he began to quest for the roots of his Scottish ancestry in between spending time playing cards, watching birds, and going to live music with friends and family. However, his second life hit a snag when “the trifecta” came calling: tonsillar cancer, a heart attack (and subsequent open heart surgery), and a transient ischemic attack (pre-stroke) all struck within a difficult 5 year period. Although these events took a toll on his physical health, he beat each of them with calm determination and a wry smile, reminding family and friends to “be of good cheer.” He even claimed they helped him focus on his most important missions- spiritual growth, emotional outreach, and of course, more adventure.

In recent years Randy strengthened bonds in his immediate and extended family, organizing several reunions and collecting family history and lore for future generations. Taking trips back to his hometown to spend time with Karin and Eleanore was a great solace, and he took time to gather his BDG fraternity brothers and even his middle school classmates. He was grateful every day to be alive, in good health, and happy; to sit on the back porch with a beer and watch the clouds change. He also connected with his local community through a bridge club he cherished, a choir that he planned to sing at the Sydney Opera House with in July of 2018, and a pickleball network that helped him awaken his competitive spirit. He was still himself, having adopted a dog, celebrated his 70th birthday in Catalina scuba diving with his children, and taken impulse trips to island nations whose name he could not pronounce because it was “a screamin deal”. He and Fran divorced in 2015, but they always shared a deep love for their children and split amicably. He loved his only grandchild dearly, and would excitedly ramble about the games and adventures he’d planned for his next visit. He passed away a day after buying his “last rocket ship” car, and just a few weeks shy of his 71st birthday. He may have been taken too soon, but not before living life to its limits and sharing the ride with many people.

He will be survived by his descendants, but more so by the light and life he brought to the world; quick to laugh, stubborn as a mule, and always with a twinkle in his eye and a passion for doing what was right by others. He believed in a life after this one in which he could send messages to those of us still here; if you’re reading this, keep an eye out for rare birds during times when he might find it entertaining to say hello.

Selected mottos by his children:
“Use your eyeballs” (when we asked him where something was)
“Did you do your homework?” (anytime we had a problem with anything)
(sung:) “You can’t always get what you want” (see above)
“Good idea” (when we did whatever he wanted us to do)

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My condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May pleasant memories of Randy bring comfort during your time of sorrow and remembrance, along with God's promise in the Bible at John 5:21, 28 and 29.

Jehovah is the God of Comfort who can and will heal your broken heart. For His Son, Jesus, said: "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life." John 11:25

May you find comfort in God's promise of the resurrection through His Son, Jesus.
Cassandra (Sending condolences)
April 16th, 2018
To whom it may concern,

My names are Kelvin Arthur and I am a representative of TD Ameritrade stock investment Company, We have recently been advised of the death of Randy Macdonald. With a heavy heart and sad feelings, TD Ameritrade, Inc is writing to convey our sympathies to your family, friends, well-wishers and the colleagues of Randy Macdonald.He was a great person and truly a dedicated professional trader. Over the years, He became a reliable customer of TD Ameritrade, Inc and the absence of he can never be replaced.he will deeply be missed.

TD AMERITRADE, Inc also want to use this opportunity to inform you about an unclaimed asset that belongs to Randy Macdonald, Which is been held in the TD Ameritrade stock trading account owned by him, You are obligated to make claim to his unclaimed assets as soon as possible.

You must appreciate that we are constrained from providing you with more detailed information at this point. Please respond to this message using my below personal email address as soon as possible to afford us the opportunity provide you with more information.

E-mail: Kelvin7arthur@gmail.com
Kelvin Arthur (Stock Trading Accountant)
April 7th, 2018
I remember Randy Ice skating at the Haddam Meadows were he found a snapping turtle one time, funny I was just thinking about that and Randy the other day. My sincere sympathy to his family.
Linere Zupan Silloway (Friend from Haddam)
April 7th, 2018
I will always remember Randy with a smile on his face and a devilish twinkle in his eye. He set a wonderful example of always being there for his children.
Patsy Pfaff (Friend)
April 5th, 2018
My heartfelt sympathies are extended to the Macdonald family for the loss of your dear loved one. Please know that our Heavenly Father truly cares about you and feels the pain you are going through. Death was never part of God’s original purpose for mankind, so it greatly pains Him to lose one of His people. (Psalm 116:15) Therefore, at Isaiah 26:19, God promises that death will only be temporary, for He will soon restore our lost loved ones to life right here on the earth. What a wonderful time we have to look forward to! Until this loving promise is fulfilled, may your fond memories of Mr. Macdonald bring you solace at this difficult time.
Someone who cares
April 2nd, 2018
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