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Gregory K. MacDonald

December 7, 2012


Gregory K. MacDonald



According to his wishes, no services will be held for Gregory K. MacDonald, who passed away Nov. 23, 2012 at Northern Inyo Hospital. Born Aug. 31, 1934, he was preceded in death by his parents and a sister. He had no survivors. 

In 1954, he was inducted into the Army at Fort Ord and served his country for two years as a Ski Trooper in Alaska. Greg began his 31-year employment in 1960 with what was then the California Division of Highways, now known as Caltrans. He worked in San Francisco and Los Angeles, then transferred to Bishop in 1974 and purchased a home in Swall Meadows. He worked in Project Design until his retirement in 1991, designing projects for Maintenance Improvements and Roadside Rests. 

Greg was an avid rock hound and was well-known statewide for his large collection of gems and minerals native to Inyo County, all of which he located, assayed in his personal wet lab and identified. His collection included Benitoite, a beautiful and very rare mineral.

He was an outdoorsman and a true sportsman. He enjoyed fishing and especially hunting – for mule deer in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada, elk in Idaho and grizzlies and moose in the Yukon Territory – sometimes hunting on horseback and other times on foot. He also reloaded his own ammunition. 

His many hobbies included operating his ham radio, building and flying radio controlled model airplanes, photography and several times he traveled across the country in his motor-home, always getting off the beaten path and exploring back roads. He was a self-taught, expert computer operator and repairman and he also enjoyed playing pinochle and working crossword puzzles. 

In 2010, poor health forced him to leave his beloved mountain home and move to a lower altitude. He relocated to Sterling Heights where he made many friends among the residents and the staff with whom he shared some great fun. Had he known his life was ending, he would have wanted to say goodbye and also express his gratitude to all who cared for him.

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