Donald McGrath died June 21, 2020. He was born June 29, 1932, in Los Angeles, Calif.; and lived in St. Anthony Park, and Spring Park, Spicer, and Willmar, Minn.

Don was a U.S. Navy veteran, successful businessman, and active community volunteer. He graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Mines in 1954.

After serving aboard USS Talladega APA-208 through 1958, he was homeported at Naval Station, Long Beach, Calif. During that time he married his college sweetheart June Thorsell of St. Paul on Oct. 20, 1956.

After the Navy, Don entered the business world, leading corporations toward improved profitability.

Don was affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America for the better part of six decades, from his own youth earning the Eagle Scout Award, later serving as a Scout leader and venturing to Philmont Scout Reservation on numerous expeditions.

He is survived by June, his wife of more than 63 years; sons Gus of Fischer, Tex., Eric of Reno, Nev., and Duncan (Rebecca) of Plymouth, Minn.; and daughter Gretchen (Hendrik) Vroege of Deephaven, Minn.; plus nine grandchildren.

Memorials preferred to Minnesota Public Radio or the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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