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John A. MacDonald

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John A. MacDonald of Basalt died June 14 at Aspen Valley Hospital, where he had been a patient for a short time. He was 77.MacDonald was born Sept. 15, 1926, in Dorchester, Mass., son of the late James and Hilda MacDonald. He had been a resident of Basalt for the past 23 years. He was retired, after working as an accountant in the Pitkin County Finance Department for many years and, later, as manager of the Roaring Fork Employee Credit Union.He was a graduate of the Maine Maritime Academy and a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving in Korea on the USS Oriskany. Following an honorable discharge, MacDonald moved to Connecticut, where he was self-employed.He enjoyed repairing antique clocks, reading, gardening and spending time with his family, which will miss him dearly.Survivors include Charlotte, his wife of 48 years; son James (Lisa) MacDonald of Carbondale; daughters Karen Thrower of Hanalei, Hawaii, and Melinda MacDonald of El Jebel; and granddaughters Amber Hasselbring of San Francisco and Jennifer Thrower of Hanalei.A private service will be held this week. In lieu of flowers, contributions to a hospice or charity of the donor’s choosing would be appreciated.


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