October 09, 2013

Donald H. 

McIntosh, Jr. 

Donald H. McIntosh, Jr. died peacefully on October 1, 2013 at the age of 89.  Born in Covina, California, July 13, 1924 to Marjorie and Donald McIntosh, the family moved to Colton in 1926.  Don lettered in basketball and baseball and graduated valedictorian from Colton High School in 1943.  He then entered the Naval Officers Training Program at Occidental College.   During World War ll he served as a radar operator during amphibious landings at Palau, Leyte Gulf, Luzon and Iwo Jima.  

Upon graduation from the University of Redlands with a Masters Degree he began a 35 year career in public education.  He taught at Crafton and Franklin Elementary Schools, later serving as principal at Franklin, Kingsbury, Kimberly and Victoria Schools.  He also served as president of the San Bernandino County Elementary Schools Administrators Association and Redlands Optimist club. Other community service  included Alumni Board member of the University of Redlands, Meals on Wheels board member, March Field Air Museum Docent of school tours and Chairman of the Presbyterian Playschool Board.  

Don was a graduate of Command and General Staff School and remained dedicated to his country as a reservist in the army finishing his career as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1978. 

He spent his retirement years traveling and continuing to be a dedicated father, maintaining an active part in his children’s and grandchildren’s lives. When his health began to decline Don moved to Santa Paula to be closer to his daughter and her family.  He loved watching the planes take off and land at the Santa Paula Airport, the hometown parades,  as well as those the people he met.

He is survived by daughter, Melanie Binsley (Mike), grandsons Christopher Binsley and Taylor (TJ) Binsley, of Chico, son Harold “Mitch” McIntosh of Victor Valley and brother, Wallace McIntosh (Geraldine) of Glendora, niece, Diane McIntosh of Tucson, nephew, Kirk McIntosh (Heather) and great nephews Matthew and David of Temecula.  

Don had a special caregiver, Vicky Jallores, whom he referred to as “Sweetie”.  He was a true gentleman and will be remembered for his generosity, kindness, sense of humor and positive attitude throughout his life.

Services will be a visitation at the Arlington Mortuary in Riverside, 10 AM Thursday 10-10-13 followed by a graveside service at Riverside National Cemetery at 12 pm.

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