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Published on July 12, 2018 12:01AM

William McLaughlin

William McLaughlin


Aug. 5, 1947 — July 8, 2018

William Gray McLaughlin was born to Grant and Imogene McLaughlin of Waynesboro, Virginia, on Aug. 5, 1947. He passed away in Portland, Oregon, on July 8, 2018, at the age of 70, after an 18-year battle with war-related lymphoma.

“Mac,” as everyone called him, is survived by his wife of 34 years, Rainey Carlson of Knappa/Svensen, and his son, Troy Grant McLaughlin, of Salcha, Alaska.

He is also survived by his children from a previous marriage, son, Eric McLaughlin, and his wife, Tina; daughter, Tonja, and her husband, James Liptrapp; daughter, Sonja, and her husband, Mike Patterson; and daughter, Monica McLaughlin, all of Virginia; brother-in-law, Butch Carlson; sister-in-law, Kathy Carlson; nephew, Andrew Carlson, and his wife, Stephanie, and children Kailey and Cameron Carlson; and nephew, Clint Carlson and his wife, Jodi, and daughter, Sophia, all of Knappa.

He is also survived by nephew, Brad Carlson, and his wife, Leihanna, and their children Beau, Brody, Courtney and Cooper Carlson, of Cathlamet, Washington; sister, Mary Daughtry, and her husband, Dave, and their sons, Brian and Micheal; sister, Dora Coffee, and her fiancé, Vern, and daughter Penny Martin; and sister, Ivy Hewitt, and her husband, Irving, and son Bernie, and his wife and daughter, Christine and Brianna, all of Waynesboro, Virginia.

Mac began his 22-year military career when he joined the Army at age 17. He was deployed all over the world, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East and two tours in Vietnam. He was a paratrooper in the Special Forces Group with well over 2,000 jumps, finally completing his career as a master sergeant in the 1st Special Forces Group at Fort Lewis, Washington.

After retiring from the military, Mac worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Portland, Oregon, as a postal carrier for 20 years.

His passions were hunting, fishing, camping, clam digging and taxidermy. Mac had a knack for making friends easily. He loved Oregon, and most of all, his family.

There will be a viewing/visitation at Hughes Ransom Mortuary Chapel in Astoria, Monday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A graveside service at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, at 11 a.m. A reception to celebrate Mac’s life will follow at his home in Svensen.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Mac’s name to the American Cancer Society.

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