June 22, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
June 22, 2017
- 2:00 PM
Ian C. McDonald, 78, Fargo passed away Friday, June 16, 2017 at Sanford Health, Fargo.
Ian Cameron Crawford McDonald was born February 20, 1939 in Flint, Michigan to Duncan and Anne (Crawford) McDonald. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1957 in Arlington, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at Southern Methodist University. He received his PHD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in Entomology in 1968. He accepted a job with the US Department of Agriculture at the Metabolism and Radiation Research Laboratory in Fargo where he worked until his retirement in 1992. He married Kristin Gardner on October 17, 1981 at Faith United Methodist Church, Fargo. Kris and Ian ran Creature Comfort Home Guard, an in-home pet and house care business from 1992-1999. He also worked for a brief time for the Division of Independent Study at NDSU and more recently he was a dog obedience trainer at FM Dog Obedience School in Moorhead.
He was active in all areas of dog training, from obedience to agility/field. Pets were such a large part of Ian’s life and he enjoyed helping others with their pet needs long into his retirement. He was involved in many dog clubs throughout the Fargo/Moorhead area, including the North Dakota Retriever Club.
His grandchildren were very important to him and he loved keeping up on all of their different sports and activities. He was an avid sports fan and was a proud Team Maker for NDSU.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kristin, Fargo; children, Kim (Paul) Nielsen, Victoria, MN, Scott McDonald, Chanhassen, MN; grandchildren, Cady Nielsen, Mason Doll, Lucas Nielsen, Noah Nielsen, Jaxon McDonald, Cameron McDonald and Jaden McDonald; brother, Duncan (Evelyn) McDonald, Grand Marais, MN; sister, Mary (Tony) Estrada, Arlington, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Andy MacDonald.
Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M. Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 1:00 P.M.
Memorials preferred to charity of choice.