Thomas Scott (Tom) McDonald, 78, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 8, surrounded by the love of his family.
Tom was born on June 8, 1939, to Eugene and Elsie (Muller) McDonald. He joined two older brothers, Bill and Harry.
Tom spent the first 10 years of his life living in Valsetz. Then the family moved to the family farm in Dallas, including younger brothers Harper and Dick, and sister Mary.
He helped out on the family farm until he graduated from Dallas High School in 1958.
He graduated from OTI in Klamath Falls with a degree in diesel mechanics.
He worked many years in the Portland area. Then Tom decided to go to work on oil rigs, working on several throughout the Middle East.
He met his love, Sou (Aree), in Udon Thani, Thailand, during this time.
Tom finally returned to the states with his wife and son Charlie in 1977, and resided on their 40 acres. Tom and Sou purchased a log truck, and Tom hauled logs for many years.
Tom retired in 1995. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He liked going to Spirit Mountain with Sou to play Keno, and stopping by Tony’s for morning coffee.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Harry and Richard (Dick), and grandson Jason.
He is survived by his wife Sou; daughter Laura; sons Scott and Charlie (Teresa); brothers Bill (Judy), Harper and Joe; sister Mary (Tim) Weiss; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life was Thursday, Jan. 11.