Scott Robert McDonald

East Tawas, Michigan
November 1, 1962 - May 8, 2020


A celebration of Scott’s life will be held at a later date and will be announced. Online condolences may be offered at

Obituary Notice

Scott Robert McDonald was born in Tawas Hospital, November 1, 1962. He was a lifelong resident of Tawas. He loved the beauty of the woods and water. When he wasn’t working as a Field Technician for Baldwin Township Water and Sewer he enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, golfing and spending time with his daughter and family.

He is survived by his daughter, Morgan McDonald of Lake Orion, who is a senior at Oakland University; his parents, Robert and Carolyn McDonald of East Tawas; sisters Keri McDonald of Traverse City, Kathi (Craig) Mulder of Traverse City, and Kelly (Peter) Smith of Bedford New Hampshire; 9 nieces and nephews, and 5 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Ross and Celia Summers of Durand, and paternal grandparents Howard and Marietta McDonald of Houghton Lake.

Following graduation from Tawas Area High School in 1981, Scott worked a variety of jobs. He served a brief enlistment in the United States Navy and attended a semester at Ferris State University. But his real interest and passion was fixing things. As a child Scott would take things apart to see how they worked and then put them back together. As an adult he was “Mr. Fixit” and always had a large inventory of things in his garage – machines, appliances, etc. – that people brought to him because he had a special gift for fixing anything and everything. He was continually taking off-campus courses to learn more and improve his mechanical, electrical and plumbing skills.

For many years Scott was a special hunting and fishing buddy of his father, Bob. Over the years they enjoyed several father-son trips together, including a trip to Alaska when he was 13 and a fly-in fishing trip to Northern Canada when he was a young adult.

Scott was a devoted and loving son as well as a very loving and caring father to his daughter. She was his pride and joy and the light of his life. He will be sorely missed by family and friends.


To the McDonald family, I am so sorry to hear of Scott's passing. Never a time when we saw each other that we didn't have something to reminisce about and have a good laugh. I will miss those visits. Scott was always my friend and I will miss him. My prayers are with your family.
— Brian Lansky
My heart is heavy with the loss of our community and life long friend, knowing that he no longer physically walks among us. I know he is peaceful where he now resides, though sadly he will be missed very much by so many. My heart hurts and I pray for his family and all who mourn his loss. Ill see you on the flip side my friend.
— Paula Buckmeier
I am so shocked and so sorry to hear of Scott’s passing. We were friends for years and he always made me laugh so much. My heart goes out to his family.
— Linda Sucaet
Rest in Peace my friend.
— Carlene
To Scott's family...I am deeply saddened and very sorry of Scott's passing. I know how much he loved his parents sisters and his daughter . He was a part of my life for 30 yrs. We always kept in touch. He meant so much to me. I will keep you all in my prayers. Tawas will not be the same without Scott. You are much loved and missed...and you will always be in my heart.
— Denise Schwartz
To the McDonald family, my heart breaks for you all. He was very important and special to me and I will forever miss him. He had become a part of my family, sharing so many great times. No words can express my deepest sympathy.
— Lisa Denney
what a shock to hear of Scott's passing, so very sorry.
— Betty Driskell
my deepest heartfelt condolences to his entire family and friendships everlasting...R.I.P Scott
— Frank Mahon
The short time we had together was so awesome! I’m gonna miss you so much. You could always make me smile. Forever in my heart! Love ya!! Sending prayers to the family!! Your c an angle Scott.💜
— Karen Griggs
Sorry for the McDonald family I've know him since Hale H-S Worked on his house back in the day Alot of good times with him easy going as you could find RIP Scott
— Mike Kreiner
— Mike Kreiner
Prayers to Bob Carolynn and his sisters. I will always have fond memories of Scott, he will be greatly missed!
— Frank And Diane Brewer
Sending love and prayers to all of Scott's family and to all who knew and loved him. So many fond memories of our friendship for many years. Rest in peace dear friend. Until we meet again.
Charlie and Vickie Landon
— Charlie and Vickie Landon
So sorry for the family so young, remember our time in high school. R.i.p. Patti irwin
— Patti Irwin
To the McDonald family, I’m very sorry for your loss. Scott was a wonderful friend and neighbor over 30 years ago.. So sorry to hear of his passing. He had such a beautiful smile & infectious laugh. I just had the pleasure of running into him this past Summer. It was as if time stood still. He will be dearly missed by many.
— Cynthia Zion
I am so sorry about hearing about Scott. My prayers are with you all
— Carol Leslie
I am heartbroken and shocked. I just caught up with Scott for about 20-30 minutes on the 7th or 8th! We hadn’t seen each other in years and he stopped and chatted with me while I was out on a run to the Point. He was telling me about his Mom’s birthday, we talked about our folks and helping them through this COVID craziness, I had asked if he still lived in his house in East Tawas, we laughed about how long it had been since we used to hang out there. It’s strange because I have been thinking about that chance encounter since and how nice it was to catch up . . . and now I hear this! I am so sad and send heartfelt condolences, love and prayers to his family and friends 🙏🏻 I am so thankful to have had those few minutes catching up on life 💔
— Wendy Pinkerton
To The McDonald Family,
Very Sorry for Your Loss of Scott. I have known him seems like forever. What a Wonderful Man. Excellent Inside and Out!
I Will Miss Scott Deeply! Great Friend!
— Rita Trudell
So sorry to hear of Scott's passing, thoughts and prayers go out to his family. RIP Scott.
— June Scott
Scott was the youngest of the Westcott/McDonald cousins. We had so much fun growing up together and made many awesome memories! My heart goes out to Uncle Bob and Aunt Carolyn, Keri, Kathi and Kelly and his beautiful daughter Morgan. Praying for you all! Love you. R.I.P Scott.
— Patti Westcott-Sixbury
To the McDonald family Scott was one of my very best friends. I could always count on him . He will be missed greatly. Im so sorry for your loss.
— Shelly Look-McArdle
Bob and Carolyn,
We just learned today of your son's passing. Hard to express our deepest condolences to you and your family. We always expect our children to outlive us. Phyllis and I send prayers to you and your family that you get through this difficult time. Know that you will be in our prayers daily.
— Terry & Phyllis Anderson
So sorry to hear about Scott!!! He was a great person. Rest In Peace my friend ❤️ Prayers for the family at this difficult time 🙏🙏
— Jan and Steve Sventko
Bob, Carolyn, Keri, Kathi. kelli. & Morgan,
Our hearts ache for the loss of your son, brother, father & our nephew gone too soon. Thinking of you each day & sending love & hugs.
— Ralph & Nancy Clough
So sorry for the loss of Scott prayers for all of you
— janet coyer
Condolences to his entire family. Former classmate at Hale high. This is deeply sad. Rip Scott.
— Melodie Denstedt
I'm without words, so sorry to hear about Scott. Prayers to the family. RIP Scott
— Sean Dillon
We are so shocked to hear about Scott's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Todd & Tammy Walker
Scott - you had so many friends over the years. When we spoke at Walmart a few weeks ago I said to myself that we should get together just to enjoy each others company like we use to. I will surely miss this. God bless and keep you til we meet again my friend. So sorry to your daughter and family.
— Loretta Buckmeier
So sorry to hear about Scott’s passing
Haven’t heard from him in years but last week had a brief conversation on Facebook what a wonderful man
Scott will be missed by all. He was taken to soon.
Until we meet again! Heaven has gained a great man.
Keeping the families in our prayers ✝️
— Mary Yanna-Brown
To the entire McDonald family, Steve and I would like to extend our condolences for the loss of Scott. Our hearts go out to you, there are no words to ease your pain. We pray that Scott is at peace and we will keep you all in our prayers. Kelly, I am here for you anytime you need a shoulder to lean on.
— Steven and Maureen Andrews
Shocked and saddened by the loss of my good neighbor.
Condolences to all of Scott's family and friends...
— Dennis Mackovjak
Words can't explain how Dave and I felt when we heard about Scott. Sending all of our love to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will definitely be to Scott's celebration of life whenever that may be!
— Dave and Lori Davenport
My heart is completely broken! Scott and I were friends for 40 years! I was his wing man, his partner in crime. I have so many memories together with him boating, camping and just hanging out. I often annoyed him with my silliness but he was a true friend and I could pick up the phone anytime and talk with him without hesitation. I will miss that and him so very much. My love and support to his family. My loss is so painful, I can only imagine the hurt and loss they are feeling and may God comfort them. I will always love my best friend and Scott I will miss you so terribly bad. Rest In Peace my beautiful friend and know you will be missed so very much🙏🏼
— Tricia Spain
Shocked and saddened by the loss of my good neighbor.

Deepest condolences to all of Scott's family and friends...
— Dennis Mackovjak
To the McDonald family, We are so sorry for your loss. Scott was such a wonderful person. He will be missed by so many people. Sending Hugs to you all.
— Marye & Bob McKinney
So sorry for your loss Bob and family. I can only imagine your grief. Best wishes.
— James Fohey
To the McDonald family, We are so sad hearing the passing of Scott, someone I could call a close friend.. I've know Scott for more than 30 yrs, Im a neighbor of Scott. Every time I would look over to Scott's house I would see him out keeping busy fixing something or working on the house. I will always remember walking over and talking with Scott for hours or sitting round the fire. My family will surely miss looking over and seeing Scott.
— Bob Rita, and family Love
So sorry to hear about Scott's passing. I have fond memories with Scott and his neighbors, the Love families next door, Valerie, Bob and Don. May you rest in peace and know you made everyone smile! 😀
— Dave & Wendy (Hartley) Bronson-Clarkston
Carolyn and Bob so sorry for such a great loss. You are in my thoughts.
— James Mielke
So sorry for your loss.
— Dan and Robin Peach (RCR)

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