James M. (Mac) MacDonald


(March 9, 2003)

Funeral services will be conducted today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Worland for James M. (Mac) MacDonald, who died Sunday, March 9 while enjoying one of his favorite pastimes with family and friends, snowmobiling near Wolverine Pass in the Beartooth Mountains. He was 52.

He was born Aug. 19, 1950, in Billings, Mont., to John M. and Jane (Schrum) MacDonald. He was raised in Billings and graduated from Billings West High School in 1969.

In 1972, he met and married the love of his life, Linda Scott of Powell. To this union were born two beautiful daughters, Lisa in 1979, and Nicole in 1983. Jim's "three girls" fueled his passion and love for life. His family, friends and Christ were the center of his world.

He worked for a number of years as a mechanic for Northwest Peterbilt in Billings. In 1980, the family moved to Worland where he began a career with Snap-On Tools. He later worked for Worland Ford-Chrysler and Crown Cork and Seal, before going to work for HASCO Industrial Supply five years ago. His infectious smile was his trademark.

He had served on the Worland City Council, attended the Southern Baptist Church and was a member of the NRA and the Big Horn SnoGoers.

His smile was contagious, and he had a really big heart, a warm handshake and a listening ear for all he met. His family will remember he was always willing to lend a hand and never met a stranger.

He loved a good practical joke and anything with a throttle. He loved his family and was overjoyed at the birth of his first grandchild in late August.

Survivors include his wife Linda of Worland; his daughters, Lisa Gregg and husband Bob of Chicago, and Nicole MacDonald, a student at the University of Wyoming; his parents, John M. and Jane MacDonald of Billings; his brother, John MacDonald and wife Christie of Billings; his sisters, Janice Paulsen and husband Jim, Joan Forseth and husband Eric and Jodee Etchart and husband John, all of Billings, and Dianna Baker and husband Wes of Castle Rock, Colo.; and one grandson, Keaton Gregg of Chicago. He is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Dee Scott of Powell; brothers-in-law Ron Scott and wife Cindy and Don Scott of Powell; sister-in-law Cindy Scott of Powell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Al Gebauer of First Southern Baptist Church will officiate at services. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Worland.

Memorials may be made to the Jim MacDonald Scholarship Fund in care of Big Horn Federal Savings Bank at 1006 Big Horn Ave., Worland, WY 82401, or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.