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Hal Wayne McDonald, age 85, died peacefully in the early morning of June 2, 2022, beside his wife of nearly 66 years.
Hal was born July 30,1936, in Roosevelt, Utah, to Hyrtle Wayne and Pearl Mayhew McDonald. He was the first born in his family and tragically lost his mother during childbirth at the young age of 4. Because of his young age he missed her dearly through his whole life. Nonetheless, he was resilient and the experience afforded him the opportunity to develop a close bond with his paternal grandparents.
He was proud to have served his country in the US Air Force during which he was able to travel throughout the US and Europe. During his service he married his sweetheart, LaRae Monsen, on June 21, 1956, in the Salt Lake City Temple. Subsequently, LaRae and Hal lived in New Mexico and Roosevelt, where they had their first two children. Soon after, they bought their home in Kearns, Utah, where they lived for over 50 years. In that home they welcomed their third and fourth children and raised their family. Hal took great pride in the care and maintenance of his home.
Hal worked with Deseret News Press for many years, where he had a career he enjoyed working on printed books and art for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He served in many callings for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including Bishop, High Counselor and Ordinance Worker in the Jordan River Temple. Hal and LaRae also served a mission together at the genealogy library in Salt Lake City. He was eager to serve people, whether it was assisting with their mechanical needs or making hats and booties for babies in need. Many people benefitted from his kindness during his life.
Hal was playful and a practical joker, always looking for a good prank to pull or a way to make people laugh. He had a magnetic smile that could brighten a room.
Hal was an aviation aficionado to his core. He was always interested in mechanics and loved working with his hands and tools. In his retirement he was constantly working on his airplanes. One of which he completed and actually flew.
Hal’s memory inspires kindness, love and humor. He was a loving father, grandfather and made friends everywhere he went. He and his wife shared a grand love story. He was blessed to have her at his side til his last breath. His family is proud of his legacy.
Hal is preceded in death by his parents Pearl Mayhew and Hyrtle Wayne McDonald, and sister Gaye Stucki.
Hal is survived by his wife LaRae McDonald, his siblings Val McDonald, Joy Iorg, Ann Stevenson, and Jackie Thacker. His children Cindy, Kevin (Julie), Tony (Cissy), and Nyle. His grandchildren Jason, Jenna, Michael, Colton, Mallory, Chase, Danny and Nichole, many nieces and nephews, 17 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM at the Altamont Stake Center on Saturday, June 11, 2022. A viewing will be held from 9:30 - 10:30 AM.
Interment will be at the Bluebell Cemetery with military honors presented.