OBITUARY

Opinion
Nov 12, 2010
by WLJ

Richard McDonald

Cattle industry leader Richard Mc- Donald, 66, of Amarillo, TX, died Fri- day, Oct. 29, 2010, in Amarillo. McDonald, retired president and CEO of Texas Cattle Feeders Asso ciation (TCFA), died following an in- spiring year-long battle with cancer. Richard Peterson McDonald’s life of service to agriculture began with his birth on Feb. 21, 1944, in Clifton to Roy and Werner McDonald. He grew up in San Benito, honing his leadership abilities in FFA and 4-H activities, including serving as chair- man of the state 4-H Council. Following graduation from San Benito High School, Richard attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a BS in animal science in 1966. He then graduated from Louisiana State University with an MS in 1969 and a Ph.D. in 1972 in animal breed- ing, nutrition and statistics. His first job was with Texas Agricultural Extension Service as an area livestock special- ist in the Dallas area.

McDonald joined TCFA as execu- tive assistant in 1974 and retired as president and CEO in 2006, leaving giant footprints on the growth of the association over more than 30 years. His strengths in research and regula- tory areas coincided with the organi- zation’s growth. His integrity and credibility in legislative affairs led to major political victories for TCFA and national organizations. Upon retirement from TCFA, he continued service to cattle organiza- tions across the U.S. and was a consultant with McCormick Co. in Amarillo until his death. At the time of his death, McDonald was serving on the West Texas A&M University Foundation Board and was appointed the Canadian River Com- pact commissioner by Gov. Rick Perry in 2009.

Recognitions over the years have included the Distinguished Service to Texas Agriculture Award from Profes- sional Ag Workers of Texas in 1985; Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture from the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association in 1996; Blue and Gold Award from Texas FFA in 1997; Outstanding Alumnus, Texas A & M University in 1999; Gerald W. Thomas Outstanding Agriculturist Award from Texas Tech University in 2002; first recipient Industry Leadership Award, Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame, 2010. Richard and Sharon Tolzien were married on Oct. 5, 1979, in Amarillo. Richard was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, Kelly McDonald, in 2008.

He is survived by his wife Sharon; two sons, Lanny McDonald and his wife, Deanna, of Amarillo, and Lyle McDonald and his wife, Myra, of Round Rock; one daughter, Lori Price, and her husband Danny of Tyler; a daughter-in-law, Kerri McDon- ald, of Amarillo; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Roy McDonald, and wife Rhea of Georgetown and Robert McDonald, and wife Darleen of San Benito; sister-in-law, Sandra Wood- ward and husband Tom of Amarillo; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The Richard McDonald Leader- ship Institute has been established in honor of his legacy. The program of- fers leadership development and training for young people involved with cattle organizations throughout the U.S. Contributions in support of this effort may be sent to: The Richard McDonald Leadership Institute, in care of The Amarillo Area Foundation, 801 S. Fillmore St., Suite 700, Ama- rillo, TX 79101. Contributions may also be made to Shuter Library of Angel Fire, P.O. Box 298, Angel Fire, NM 87710; or Olivia’s Angels, in care of BSA Hospice, P.O. Box 950, Ama- rillo, TX 79105-9975. Mary Catherine Shaw Mary Catherine (Feltman) Shaw joined her husband, Tom, in heaven on Nov. 3, 2010. She passed away at home from cancer with her family at her side. Her life began on Octo- ber 6, 1927, in Los Angeles, CA, daughter of George B. Feltman and Elizabeth (Nash) Feltman and sister to older brother Georgie. In 1945, she met the love of her life, Tom Shaw, in Los Angeles while he was on leave from the U.S. Navy. They were married six months later. She and Tom moved to Idaho in 1946 to build their ranch, their family, and their lives together. While living in McCall, their three children, Linda, Tim, and Greg, and the beginning of Shaw Hereford Ranch were born. In 1952, Tom and Mary moved their family to Marble Front, and later to Notus, which they called home. They purchased a summer ranch in Cas- cade in 1984. The Cascade ranch was a favorite place for their grand- children to ride horses, four-wheel- ers, swing from the rope swing in the barn, and plan their next fishing trip. In 1988, they enjoyed semi-retire- ment, spending summers in Cas- cade playing golf, fishing, and help- ing out on the ranch. She loved to travel and was active in her church in both Cascade and Caldwell.

Shaw was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmoth- er. She adored her grandchildren, enjoyed playing cards with them, attending their sporting events, and she doted on her great-grandchildren, who always knew they could find candy in Grandma Shaw’s pocket. She never forgot a birthday or an anniversary. Tom and Mary would have cele- brated 65 years of marriage in Janu- ary. Her loving commitment to Tom saw him through a long illness and death on Oct. 1, 2010. Mary was di- agnosed with cancer just one week ago. Their time apart was brief, but their reunion in heaven sweet.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Linda (John) Draney of Nampa; sons Tim (Tina) Shaw of Cascade, and Greg (Cleo) Shaw of Caldwell; 10 grandchildren: Terri Harder of Kahlo- tus, WA, Nick (Erika) Pettinger of Blackfoot, Brenda Pettinger of Nam- pa, Tucker (Angie) Shaw of Caldwell, Jeremy Pettinger of Grangeville, Thomas (Sandelle) Shaw of New Plymouth, Marc (Tracy) Pettinger of Blackfoot, Sam (Janel) Shaw of Caldwell, Jaime (Kelley) Osterman of Eugene, OR, and Lisa (Kevin) Bennett of Nampa, and 25 great- grandchildren. Rosary and Mass of the Christian Burial were held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Caldwell and the burial was Nov. 8 at Veterans’ Cemetery in Boise. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Align Hospice, 940 E Carol, Meridian, ID 83646, or to a charity of your choice. The family would like to give special thanks to Shauna and Loretta with Align Hospice.

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