Donald Mackay Goodfellow: Sept. 11, 1929 – March 4, 2019



Donald Mackay Goodfellow was born Sept. 11, 1929 in Seattle, second son to Janet Mary Mackay and Lewis Arthur Goodfellow. Shortly after, they relocated to Baby Island Heights where he was raised at Art Goodfellow’s Baby Island Fishing Resort on Whidbey Island. He graduated from Langley High School in 1947 along with a class of 18 students.

After graduation, Don sailed to and from Alaska as a Merchant Marine. His last sailing was to transport the Army’s Second Division from Fort Lewis Army Base in Tacoma to Poussin, Korea. In 1951, Don was drafted into the Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis. The only time he ever volunteered in the Army he stepped up to take an assignment driving 18-wheelers for the water purification outfit in France. Upon his return home he attended Edison Technology School in Seattle, earning a two-year degree in accounting.

While studying at Edison he met the love of his life, Jean Katharine MacGilvra, who was teaching at Langley High School. Their first date, April 3, 1954, was at a local dance hall. Their second, crabbing on the shores of Cultus Bay, Whidbey Island. They were married April 2, 1955 and in 1963 they bought their lifetime cabin/home on the shores of that bay.

In 1959 Don embarked on a new business venture with neighbor and new life-long friend, James (Jim) O’Connor. Their two families were raised side by side, while Don and Jim’s business partnership spanned 22 years. They created the largest automatic floor cleaning machine service in the country. Both members of the Seattle Building Maintenance Association, Don served one term as president.

Don raised his three daughters using the following philosophies: “Remember who you are and what you stand for,” “Goodfellows don’t cheat,” “You catch ‘em, you clean ‘em” and “I’m not raising sissies.”

Don shared his love of fishing, claming, duck hunting and boating with them, and also shared his enthusiasm for moose hunting with his two eldest grandsons. He welcomed all his children’s friends to his table, but if they came, they had to live by his rules.

He was loved and respected by so many. His table was always full.

Civic and social activities included serving on the Sandy Hook Board of Directors, charter member (son of founding member) the Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club, serving on the BOD for nine years including one as president, South Whidbey Rotary and Lynnwood Elks Club.

Don was a life-long hunter. One of his earliest recollections was sitting at five years of age with his dad in a duck blind playing with empty shotgun shells. For the next 80 plus years, going duck and pheasant hunting were his idea of the best possible sport, especially in Eastern Washington and North Dakota. He would also include hunting moose in northern Alberta as a very close second best.

As an adjunct to hunting, Don enjoyed shooting sporting clays, trap, and skeet especially at the Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club on Whidbey Island. He earned numerous awards, pins, buckles and trophies including Best Over All in many competitions locally and twice in the Pacific International Trapshooting Association. He was also a member of High Desert Gun Club in Yucca Valley, Calif. , the Paine Field Gun Club, and a life-time member of the NRA.

After retiring from business in Langley in 2000, he and Jean spent the rest of their marriage on the shores of Sandy Hook playing tennis, pinochle, cribbage, dominoes, poker and traveling and enjoying their children’s families. He was proud of his Scottish heritage, wearing his clan tartan and regalia at every opportunity.

Don is survived by his wife Jean, their three daughters Janet Scott (Chris), Molly Winton (Larry), and Barbara Childs (John), six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. He was predeceased by his brother Lewis Arthur (Art), Jr.

Don was always one for gatherings – any excuse to socialize with friends and family, share an old joke and hopefully be serenaded by a bagpipe.

A memorial will be held later in the spring.

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