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Raymond McDonald

Obituary for Raymond McDonald

May 5, 2020
San Antonio, Texas


Raymond McDonald was born in 1941 and raised in Rochester, NY. Baptized on Pearl Harbor Day, it was perhaps his calling to serve in the military. Ray was a member of ROTC at Allegheny College and later joined the United States Air Force, serving in Wiesbaden, Germany during the Vietnam War.

Ray and his family first moved to San Antonio in 1972. He was a proud board member of the San Antonio Chamber Music Society and a regular attendee of the San Antonio Symphony. Ray graciously volunteered with various musical and theatrical organizations. He found particular joy with Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, combining his love for arts, culture and progressive politics. Ray was a fixture in his Castle Hills Forest neighborhood, walking every day and checking on neighbors and their pets. He found peace every week attending mass with his church family at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Ray is survived by his children Michael (Carolyn) McDonald, Sandra (Mike) Dizdar, and Andrew McDonald; sisters Judy Capone and Jeanette Dill; grandkids Zach, Audrey, and Jennifer; his former spouse Maria Prasser; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He joins in heaven his infant daughter Michelle, parents Bill and Katherine McDonald, and brother David McDonald.

The family would like to thank the staff of Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio for their loving care of our father during his last months of life. Services will be held at a later date with interment and Military Honors at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery. Memorials in his name can be made to and St Francis of Assisi church in San Antonio.

A video chronicle of Ray's life can be found here:

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