Jack Watson McDonald, 80, died peacefully at home on Friday, October 26th.
Born in Frankfort, he was preceded in death by his parents, George and Jessie McDonald, and his sister, Jane Hockensmith. Surviving are his wife, Julia H. McDonald; three daughters, Marcia Garmon of Frankfort, Karen Robbins of Brentwood, Tennessee; and Molly Yandell of Lexington; a son, Mike McDonald of Frankfort; and three step-children, Martha Maddox of Jackson, Wyoming, Austin Maddox, and Melissa Maddox, both of Frankfort. In addition, he is survived by two nephews, Randall B. Hockensmith and Albert K. Hockensmith; and ten grandchildren: Kate Vermillion, Michael Garmon, Olivia Robbins, Sam Robbins, Daniel McDonald, Ben McDonald, Margaret McDonald, Caroline Yandell, Allison Yandell, and Kate Yandell.
Jack graduated from the University of Kentucky, where he received a swimming scholarship, and joined Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was then accepted at the United States Naval Officer Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island, where he was chosen the leader of his class. He served in the Navy for three years and was stationed in Guam. He returned to Frankfort after his service, where he was involved in property development with his partner Warner Hines. Later in his career, Jack was a real estate appraiser, maintaining a database of all properties in Franklin County.
Jack’s body has been cremated, according to his wishes. Visitation will be held in Rogers Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 30th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. There will be no service.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.