David J. MacDonald

David MacDonald, 64, father, brother, adventurer, entrepreneur and friend to many passed away on Jan. 4, 2020 after a short battle with cancer.

David was born in Winchester, Massachusetts to Richard J. MacDonald and Ruth M. Simonds MacDonald, who raised him and his five siblings in Melrose, Massachusetts.

Seeking adventure, David moved to San Diego from Boston at 21 years old and for the next 43 years he made California his home. He took every opportunity to stay active and try new things. From roller blading, to marathons and hiking the summits of California, he never backed away from a challenge.

When his son Sean was born in 1990, David began his most rewarding role in life, being a father. He loved teaching Sean to surf and rock climb, and practicing soccer and baseball skills with him, but spending time with his son and sharing his love of the outdoors was David’s favorite thing to do.

After working for some small construction companies, David eventually started his own painting business. Later he worked for Sherwin Williams and The Home Depot as a sales representative and paint consultant.

In the mid 1990’s David joined his brother’s family golf business where he worked for 12 years as a Marketing and Sales Manager. As the economy started to decline in 2008, David went back to what he was known for best, his custom painting skills. He established himself in the Coronado community working with Andrew Ronimus and had a successful customer base that kept him busy for the next 10 years. He semi-retired in 2018 and moved to a 70-acre ranch in Warner Springs as a property caretaker.

In his spare time, David was an active volunteer for some non-profits associated with the outdoor industry. In 1993 he was the San Diego Regional Coordinator for the American Hiking Society and was responsible for coordinating an AHS annual event called National Trails Day. His events won four national awards from 1993-1996. In 1996 David received the American Hiking Society Volunteer of the Year Award in Washington DC.

In 1997, he joined forces with the president of San Diego based Adventure 16 in establishing a non-profit called A16 Donate-a-Pack Foundation. He was president for 17 of the 21 years they existed. They assisted non-profit youth organizations with outdoor equipment and ran programs to introduce inner city youth to the experience of being in the outdoors. Over the course of 20 years they made donations of over half a million dollars to hundreds of non-profit groups, an accomplishment in which David took great pride.

David was also a music aficionado his entire life so it made sense that he would immerse himself in the San Diego music scene in the early 2000’s meeting and befriending local bands, singer-songwriters and radio personalities. David helped promote and manage a talented group of young musicians, and in the course of eight years they were nominated for 10 San Diego Music Awards, and won five.

David lived life to the fullest and his life was lived with purpose and productivity. He was a man of great integrity, honesty and loyalty. He was a devoted father and friend and will be remembered for many things, from his cooking, camping and organizing skills, to his passion for nature and every Boston sports team. He had a knack for making and keeping exceptional lifelong friends and will be dearly missed.

David is survived by his son Sean; and his four siblings, Richard MacDonald Jr., Larry MacDonald, Gary MacDonald and Marybeth MacDonald Florino. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Susan MacDonald George.

A celebration of life will take place on Sunday, March 29, starting with a hike at Mission Trails followed by a reception at the Coronado Yacht Club from 1-4.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to: The David J. MacDonald Gear Scholarship Fund, A16 Donate-a-Pack Foundation, 4620 Alvarado Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92120.

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