Laurel C. “Mac” McDonald

September 18, 1930 ‒ January 04, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Laurel C “Mac” McDonald, age 88, of Mount Vernon passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019 at his home with his loving family at his side.

He was born on September 18, 1930 in Mount Vernon to the late Burlin and Marie (Zimmerman) McDonald.  Mac was a member of Faith Baptist Church.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and coaching baseball.  Mac was a veteran serving in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He is survived by his sons, Scott McDonald, Paul (Whitney) McDonald; his daughters, Debbie (Steven) Breland, Tammy (Tony) Cline; Diane (Jim) Van Meter; twelve grandchildren; and twenty-three great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mac was preceded in death by his wife Shirley McDonald; his grandsons Michael McDonald, Matthew Van Meter; his great-grandson Nicholas Van Meter; his brother Bobby McDonald; and his sister Loraine Leach.

Friends may call on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 10am – 12pm at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home.  A service will follow, beginning at 12pm, with Pastor Nathan Pierpont officiating.  Burial, with military honors proved by the Knox County Joint Veteran’s Council, will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Rd. Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Dad’s are special to us. Our first true loves, our heros. My thoughts are with you.

  • So sorry for your lost. Mac was a special guy. It was my joy to be his pastor at Faith Baptist. He loved God and His Word, and wanted everyone in his family to know Jesus as their Savior too.

  • I only met Mac once at Paul’s and Whitney’s wedding. He was so kind and we hit it off right away. We walked around a few trails nearby and really enjoyed it. My heart goes out to all of you.

  • So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a good man, I’ve known him since I was a girl growing up with you. I’m sure he was met at the light by your mom and the rest of the family members before him. RIP Mac.