Obituary of John Allan MacDonald
John Allan MacDonald went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 30, 2014, after enduring the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease for the past several years.
A celebration of life will be at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City, CA 95959.
John was born in Stockton, Calif., to John and Maude MacDonald, the second of four children. He attended Stockton public schools including College of the Pacific for two years, transferred to Wheaton College, IL, graduating in 1943 with a degree in philosophy.
He met his wife Marilyn there and they married in 1944. John attended Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia, Penn., planning on entering the Navy in the chaplain program if the war continued. They moved back to California, settling in the Oakland/Berkeley area where he finished seminary and began a assistant pastor at First United Presbyterian Church in Oakland in 1946.
In 1947, the family of three, with daughter Kathleen born in 1946, moved to the Grass Valley/Nevada City area with the hope of establishing a church in Nevada City, which became a reality as Community Baptist Church.
Three more children were born: Daniel in 1948, Janna in 1949 and Karen in 1952.
After leaving Nevada City in 1956, John served as pastor in several other churches in Northern California: First Baptist Church, Lakeport; First Baptist Church, Mill Valley; Blossom Hill Baptist Church in San Jose. They returned to Nevada City for retirement in 1986.
He worshipped and served at both Community Baptist and Sierra Presbyterian churches, doing interim work and being pastor to seniors at Sierra Presbyterian for a time.
He was active in many organizations over the years, among them Civil Air Patrol, board member of Jews for Jesus, chaplain of San Jose Police Department, ministerial associations in each community, Grass Valley Male Voice Choir, and Lions’ Club.
He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Mary Ann Smith MacDonald; children, Kathleen Higgins, Daniel MacDonald, Janna Schumacher and Karen Driscoll and their spouses; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Marilyn Rundlett MacDonald, in 2001.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Sierra Presbyterian Church or to Jews for Jesus, 60 Haight St., San Francisco, Calif.
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