(August 2, 2011) Lifelong Alaska resident Robert Donald McDonald, 61, died peacefully at Providence Kodiak Island Hospital Aug. 2, 2011. He was born on Feb. 9, 1950, to Malcolm and Alice Madsen McDonald. He attended the Kodiak public schools. Immediately after school, Robbie enlisted in the Army, serving his country during the Vietnam War.
Robbie fished for many years in the Bering Sea. Robbie loved the outdoors and especially being on the ocean. Later in his life he developed an appreciation for classical music, poetry and the fine arts. He also enjoyed surfing the Web. Robbie’s wonderful sense of humor will be missed.
Robbie is preceded in death by his parents, sister Joyce McDonald and brother David McDonald. He is survived by his son, Samuel David Carlquiest; brother Jimmer McDonald; sister Sharon Joy McDonald; nephews Nicholas Bering McDonald and Jarred Shawn McDonald; nieces Lavendar Lake Beattie, Kala Sophia McDonald and Karly Madsen McDonald; Uncle Roy (Linda) Madsen; Aunt Thelma Johnson; as well as numerous close relatives, especially cousins Mary and Ron Doubt, whose compassion and outstanding care was a comfort to Robbie; good friends Chuck Lewis and Paul DeWolfe.
Honoring Robbie’s wishes, a private burial at sea was held Aug. 5, 2011.