Donald McMahon


Donald McMahon, son of Marvin “Dick” and Agnes (Flynn) McMahon, and husband of Betty McMahon formerly of Flandreau, died on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at the age of 93 at the Culpeper University of Virginia Medical Center in Culpeper, Virginia.
Donald was born in 1928 on the McMahon family farm north of Flandreau.  His mother died when he was two years old and he was raised until the age of six by his special uncle and aunt, Franz and Madonna Armstrong on their farm east of Flandreau.  Donald attended the Faris District #45 country school through 8th grade and then Flandreau High School graduating in 1946.  Donald married Betty Gist of Pipestone, Minnesota in 1947 and lived and worked at Veach Elevator, Lampert Lumber and Montgomery Ward in Pipestone until moving back to Flandreau in 1952.  He spent the next 40 years on Flandreau’s Main Street employed by Dale’s Firestone Tire Store, Johnson’s Red Owl Grocery and Paul’s Shurfine/Maynard’s Grocery before retiring in 1992.  Donald’s passion were baseball and horse racing.  Donald could be found at the Flandreau City Park playing baseball for the Flandreau Cardinals from 1952-1960 before he switched to coaching the Cardinals, Teeners and American Legion Baseball teams through 1980.  When he wasn’t playing or coaching baseball, he was spending countless hours manicuring and preparing the ball fields for the youth of Flandreau or umpiring baseball games around the City Park.  In 1981, Donald purchased his first thoroughbred horse and continued his passion and commitment in horse racing for 10 years.  Donald also was a member of the Flandreau Flier Booster Club, helped with Meals on Wheels, and ushered at the Second Presbyterian Church every Sunday.
Donald and Betty moved from Flandreau to Spotsylvania, VA in June 2021 to live and be with his their son, Ricky and wife Cary, and their family.  Donald’s time in Virginia was far too short lived but he and Betty cherished the opportunity to be with their Virginian family.  Donald’s other son, Daniel and his wife Linda, spent time in Virginia on several occasions before his passing.
Donald was proceeded in his death by his parents, Dick and Agnes McMahon, step-mother Dorothy McMahon, two brothers, Francis and Kenneth McMahon, step-brother John Sanders, special/favorite uncle and aunt (foster parents for four years) Franz and Madonna Armstrong, and pre-mature born son David.
Donald is survived by his wife of 74 years: Betty (Spotsylvania, VA); two sons: Daniel (Linda), Amelia Island, FL and Ricky (Cary), Spotsylvania, VA; six grandchildren: Daniel and Linda’s children, Shane of Boston, MA, Callan of Houston, TX, and Neal of Cincinnati, OH and Ricky and Cary’s children, Caitlin of Nokesville, VA, Brenden of Culpeper, VA, and Garrett of Alexandria, VA and eight great grandchildren: Donovan (13), Carrigan (11), Lochlan (8), Remington (4), Wesley (2), Winston (2), Everly (6 months) and Magnolia (5 months).
The family will have a private memorial and celebration of Donald’s life at the McMahon’s Teaghlaigh Vineyard and Son Of A Bear Cidery in Rapidan, VA during the holidays.  The McMahon family plans to have a memorial and celebration of Donald’s life of 93 years in Flandreau (88 of those 93 years he lived in Flandreau) in late spring of 2022 to place his ashes/final resting place at the Flandreau Cemetery.  Details of the Donald’s Flandreau memorial and celebration of life will be announced when finalized.  In lieu of flowers or gifts, Betty would prefer individuals contribute to their favorite charity.  Cards to Betty and the McMahon family can be addressed to 11602 Pine Hollow Lane, Spotsylvania, VA 22551.

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