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James Donald McDougall

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017

James Donald “Don” McDougall was born Sept. 16, 1931, in Seattle, Wash., and passed away at the age of 85 on Jan. 3, 2017, in Yankeetown, Fla.

Don graduated in 1948 from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, Calif. In 1949, Don went to work for Fireman's Fund Insurance Company in San Francisco, starting in the mail room, then advancing to claims adjuster. Don was drafted into the Air Force in 1950 and was stationed at Parks Air Force Base in Livermore, Calif., as a drill instructor. Later, he was stationed in Puyallup, Wash., and served as a liaison between civilians and the Air Force with the Ground Observer Corps.

After his service, Don resumed his duties at Fireman’s, followed by a promotion to Fresno Office Manager. In 1967, Don moved to Atascadero, Calif., where he owned and operated the Atascadero Insurance Agency, serving the Atascadero community for over 25 years. During this time Don was an active community member, coaching the Atascadero Swim Club and as a starter/referee for many swim meets in the central valley of California. As a coach, he developed a very talented group of swimmers who competed successfully on a national level.

Don retired to Yankeetown, Fla., where he met his wife, Trecha. Don and Trecha lived along the scenic Withlacoochee River. He remained civically active, serving as the chairman of the Board of Adjustment until the time of his death.

Don was an avid basketball fan, outdoorsman and horseman. He belonged to the Atascadero Trail Riders and spent his free time in California’s Sierra Nevadas, where he loved to fish and backpack.

Don is preceded in death by his parents Henry Angus McDougall and Eleanor Shapleigh McDougall; his brother John Allan McDougall; and his eldest son Donald Arthur McDougall.

He is survived by his wife, Trecha Hitchman McDougall; his four children: David McDougall, Doug McDougall, Ken McDougall and LeeAnne Denney; nephews John McDougall and Robert McDougall, 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a bastion of Scottish clan members.

A private family gathering and fishing trip will be held in June 2017 in the Sierras in celebration of Don’s life.

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