DONALD "DON" STEWART MACKIE
July 21, 1942 ~ January 24, 2015
" Don is best known for his immense generosity
and quirky sense of humor. He had a tendency
to chat anyone up who would listen to
endless stories of Portland's craft brews."
Donald "Don" Stewart Mackie was born in Virginia to Donald Wollcott Mackie and Joan Eades Mackie. He was the oldest of a large rambunctious and spirited family of six brothers and sisters.
Don went to college at Franklin & Marshall in Pennsylvania where he met his first wife, Sharon Branning. With Sharon, he lived shortly in Dusseldorf, Germany. After coming back to the states, they lived in Lafayette, LA where he worked on the oil rigs and later they settled in Houston, TX where they had a family of four children.
In the late 70s, Don was doing some business up in Portland, OR and fell in love with the trees, the cool air, and laid-back northwest vibe. He moved his family to Camas, WA where he stayed for the rest of his life.
He met his present wife, Jeanette and her four children, in Camas, and they lived on Prune Hill.
Don's career included roles in sales and advertising at Union Rubber and National Cellulose. He did a mid-career change to Exercise Science and most recently he worked in the Aquatics Department for the City of Vancouver.
Don was an avid runner who had completed many marathons in the heat and humidity of 1970 Texas. The day he died, he had just finished a one hour training run for The Shamrock, a 15K on his favorite route. He enjoyed the punishing Terwilliger course and had run it, back when it was called The Cascade Runoff. Don also was a huge cyclist. He completed the Seattle to Portland (STP) ride multiple times, Ride across Washington, Death Ride (which is a 130 mile ride through the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe) and recently rode with his wife Jeanette down Oregon 101. Don was a very happy person. He loved simple things.
Some of his favorites included local IPA and spending time with family, wife Jeanette, and his large extended family. He was very excited when his brother David relocated to Washougal. Don also doted on his grandkids who affectionately called him Papa. While he was an amazing athlete, he also allowed himself quiet time to relax at home in his Franklin & Marshall sweats, reading a paper and listening to jazz, while his cat Sneakers sat contentedly on his lap.
Don is survived by his wife, Jeanette Caples; his children, Kirk Mackie (Angela Mackie), Mark Mackie, Bryan Mackie (Kathy Mackie) and Melissa Mackie Nicholas (Robb Nicholas); grandchildren, Kennedy Mackie and Niko Mackie; his sisters, Susan Fowler and Harriett Mackie; and brother, David Mackie.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Mackie; and his brother, Robert Mackie.
A Celebration of Life will be on Thurs., Jan. 29th, 2015, starting with a New Orleans funeral march at 3:45p.m. in Crown Park and party at Mill City Brew Werks starting at 4:15p.m. Don wouldn't have wanted donations or flowers, just for people to enjoy fond memories and join the celebration of life.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits
Published by The Columbian on Jan. 29, 2015.