Born to Emmitt and Liona McKay in Winlock, WA, Mac passed away eight days after his 94th birthday, peacefully at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. For over 70 years he made Bremerton his home. He leaves behind his loving wife Sandy, his children Diana, Dave and Charlene, eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. His daughter Janice preceded him in death.
His day jobs started with fishing on the seining grounds near Warrenton, OR, included Boeing, Puget Sound Navy Yard, and finished with Keyport Torpedo Station, where he retired in 1975 as an electronics technician. After graduating High School in Winlock, he furthered his education with an AA Degree from Olympic College. His love of life included, traveling, photography, bird watching, hiking, reading, woodworking, model railroading, making and enjoying music, boating, and building his own house on the water. His great sense of humor was seen in everything he did. A sign on their house appropriately says Tardabildin.
He and Sandy enjoyed cruising, at first on their 25-foot sailboat and then later on their 25-foot Nordic Tug, throughout Puget Sound. They also traveled to Sandys home states of Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma.
He was a member in several organizations: the Bremerton Yacht Club, in which he served as chaplin; the Bremerton Power Squadron (he was a past commander); the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; the Bremerton Elks Club; and the Bremerton Masonic Lodge (past master.)
His love of music, through mostly singing and playing keyboards, started in high school, during the time he was enlisted in the Army, and continuing throughout his life; he even performed in a nursing home while recuperating from a fall. He was truly amazed that some of his natural musical ability had been inherited by Dave, his grandson Aaron, and his great grandchildren Austin and Chelsea. While he was playing in a band on weekends in Astoria, OR, he met and married Sandy; they celebrated 40 great years together. (The couple commuted to Astoria from Bremerton for 14 years.)
Mac composed numerous songs, and honored his wife with his song Sandy is the Word for Love. If you met him you would remember his great sense of humor, his original puns, and his continual positive attitude toward life. He truly will be missed.
There will be no services. If desired, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.