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David Lee McDonald, III

August 13, 1947 — December 12, 2022

David Lee McDonald III, 75, of North Chesterfield, VA, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2022 at the Bon Secours Community Hospice House.

He was born on August 3, 1947 in Garnett, KS to parents Elizabeth Payne McDonald and David Lee McDonald II. He grew up in Garnett, KS alongside his two younger siblings and loving family. He graduated from Garnett High School in 1965 and went on to study at the University of Kansas, earning degrees in Economics and Geography in 1969. From there, he served in the army as a translator during the Vietnam War, traveling across the US and Vietnam over his period of service. He was honorably discharged from the army on July 4, 1972, a day he always referred to as his double independence day. Ever the scholar, he then went back to school, this time at KU's archrival, the University of Missouri, where he earned a masters degree in library science. He never turned to the dark side, though, and remained a Jayhawk through and through. With his new degree in hand, he moved to Richmond, VA to pursue a career in his field. He eventually landed at McGuire Woods, a law firm where he served as a technical services librarian. He enjoyed his job and his coworkers and worked there until his retirement.

He was passionate about his faith and was a member of the Bon Air United Methodist Church. He was very interested in genealogy, always searching to uncover more about his own past and that of others. He was an avid reader, persistent puzzle solver, and obsessive Jayhawk fan.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his daughter Mary Leigh McDonald and her husband Jeremy Coble of Burlington, NC, his brother Andrew McDonald of Kansas City, MO, and his sister Elizabeth Abraham, of Garnett, KS.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the First United Methodist Church Garnett, Kansas. Inurnment will follow in the Garnett Cemetery. David's family will greet friends from 9:30 AM until the time of the service on Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions in David's honor may be made to Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation OR Bon Air United Methodist Church and left in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com .
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Visitation with Family Present

Friday, March 11, 2022

9:30 - 10:30 am (Central time)

First United Methodist Church - Garnett

205 South Oak Street, Garnett, KS 66032

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Memorial Service

Friday, March 11, 2022

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

First United Methodist Church - Garnett

205 South Oak Street, Garnett, KS 66032

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