Maria Gour Beloved wife, mother, sister and friend, passed from this life on 10/22/2010 after a long illness. Born 2/14/1922, the oldest child of Blasius and Maria (Frueholz) Messmer, Maria grew up in Lenggries, Germany. She moved to America after marrying her husband of 56 years, George, eventually settling in Lakewood where they raised three children. Later in life Maria had a rewarding career in computer programming before turning her efforts to teaching. She finished her career teaching programming at Clover Park Technical College. Maria was preceded in death by George and is survived by daughter, Christy, sons Mike and Andy, and granddaughters, Lainey and Kendall. Services will be held Saturday, November 6th, at 11:00 AM at Mountain View Funeral Home, the Garden Chapel.
Donald R. Macdonald A lifelong Tacoma resident and prominent local businessman, died peacefully on October 13, 2010 in the Lakewood home he had occupied since 1949. Mr. Macdonald had celebrated his 95th birthday two days prior, with his family in attendance. Mr. Macdonald was born on October 11, 1915 in Tacoma, grew up and married in Tacoma and spent his entire life in Tacoma/Lakewood. He attended the Lowell School on Bainbridge Island, Stadium High School and Washington State University and was a veteran of World War II. Don, his father and mother and twin brother, Dean Macdonald, were in partnership together, first as Builders, Lumber and Millwork and then including Macdonald Building Company, a General Contracting firm. MBCo. was active over many decades in building some notable structures in and around Tacoma and throughout the Northwest. These included the Customs House in Wrangle, Alaska, the airbase (Airport) in Moses Lake and buildings at North Ft. Lewis. Also of note are The Tacoma County/City Building, the clubhouse at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, the first Frank Tobey Jones Retirement Home, several buildings at Tacoma General Hospital and the University of Puget Sound campus, the United Mutual Bank building and many more. Along with his wife of 50 years, Charlotte Doud Macdonald, they joined a group of other well-known Tacoma couples to help found a small private school in a Tacoma peach orchard in 1957 which later became Charles Wright Academy. Both he and his wife served on its Board of Directors in the school’s formative years and many of the school’s earliest buildings were remodeled or constructed by Macdonald Building Company. Donald’s wife Charlotte died in 1992, and he is survived by his sister, Muriel Will (James W.) of Tacoma; a daughter Lee Ann Macdonald of Maui, Hawaii; two sons, Craig Macdonald (Leslie) of Kirkland, Washington and Bruce Macdonald (Margo) of Vaughn, Washington; and 4 grandchildren; Katherine Stone (Grant) of Tacoma, Margaret Macdonald of Seattle, Kelley Macdonald Miller of Bellevue (Jeff), and Lindsey Macdonald of New York City. At Don’s request, no service is planned and the family suggests remembrances be made to Hospice of Tacoma.