David Odell MacKenzie, a lifelong resident of Lake Forest, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by his children in his beloved Captiva Island, Florida home on March 11. Born in 1931, he attended Halsey School and Gorton School of Lake Forest. In his senior year at Culver Military Academy, he contracted bulbar polio and spent the next year convalescing in an iron lung. He finished high school at Lake Forest Academy, an alma mater that became very dear to him as he later taught, coached, and worked in their business office. He was known as “Mr. LFA” and was a generous donor of the MacKenzie Ice Arena. He attended Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.) and was a distinguished athlete playing both Varsity soccer and hockey. He joined ROTC, then served in the U.S. Air Force (1954-1957) and as an officer in Japan during the Korean War.
He and Deborah (d. 2012) married in 1960. In his early career, David worked in sales for the Quaker Oats Company. He then became a teacher, as well as soccer and hockey coach at Lake Forest Academy and later worked as a Business Administrator at the Academy and also at the Lake Forest Country Day School. David and Deborah were the owners of the Red Rock Ranch in Kelly, Wyoming where they loved spending their summers enjoying the authentic western lifestyle and entertaining the many guests that stayed there. They both shared a passion for the land through environmental stewardship. David was an avid fly fisherman and ensured the sustainability of his beloved native cutthroat trout. He also was a dedicated golfer and a member of the U.S. Seniors Golf Association. He served on a myriad of boards, caucuses, and was a past Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest.
He is survived by Douglas MacKenzie of Harvard IL, Marion (Roger) Christoph of Lake Forest, IL, Carolyn (Harley) Stimmel of Hempstead, TX, and David W. (Casey) MacKenzie of Longmont, CO. Grandchildren include: Henry, Tommy, Gordy, Laura, Elizabeth and James Christoph; Steven, Jake, Russell and Joe Mac Stimmel; Harper and Evan MacKenzie.
The family would like to thank Fanny Gonzalez for her dutiful care for David in his final months. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Brain Chemistry Labs, PO Box 3464, Jackson, WY, 83001 (www.ethnomedicine.org)
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest on May 7, 2017.
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