Hugh ‘Mac’ Thomas Macdonald

October 20, 2009

By Contributor

Hugh Macdonald

Hugh Macdonald

Hugh “Mac” Thomas Macdonald died Sept. 28, 2009. He was 88.Hugh was born Sept. 19, 1921, in Santa Cruz, Calif.

He grew up in Santa Cruz. He worked in the Sierra Mountains, in the gold mines, and then for Coast County Electric in Santa Cruz. On Aug. 2, 1942, he enlisted in Salinas, Calif., Basic Training Presidio, of Monterey, and spent three years in the Army Air Corps as an aircraft electrician. He was honorably discharged in December 1945.

Mac went on to work for Santa Rosa Oil, Bell Phone Co. and then Mall Tool Co., which transferred him to Seattle in 1950. He then worked for Bow Lake Equipment and finally Deeny Construction, retiring after 27 years of service.

Hugh’s father, Duncan Gow Macdonald, of Sterling, Scotland, came to California in 1912. Hugh’s mother, Susan Lillian Boyd, of Green Mount, England, came to California in 1903. Both preceded him in death, along with his brother Duncan Boyd Macdonald and daughter Linda Elsea.

Hugh married Marie Eugenia Steinbeck on March 17, 1951. Marie had two daughters, 4-year-old Linda and 2-year-old Diane. Then, son Thomas Duncan Macdonald was born Feb. 21, 1952. Marie passed away Jan. 18, 1987. Later that year, Hugh met Wetha Jane Thurlow and they were married June 11, 1987.

Hugh enjoyed camping, fishing and riding motorcycles with family and friends in Eastern Washington. Mac, as most friends called him, worked as a mechanic, welder and jack of all trades. He enjoyed working, repairing and making things for friends.

Hugh is survived by Wetha “Jane;” daughter and son-in-law Diane and Mike Bumstead, of Enumclaw; son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Judi Macdonald, of Hobart; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, 400 Mercer St., Ste 401, Seattle, WA 98109-4641, or the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, M/S J5-200, P.O. Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109-1024.

Friends are invited to view photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at

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