Donald W. MacPherson of Antelope, CA, radarman on the USS Sigsbee, passed away October 8, 2003  in Roseville, CA from complications of a bleeding ulcer.  Don was 79 years old.  Could I ask that you please pass this information on to fellow crew members.A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 12th at 2pm in Santa Rosa, CA at the First Presbyterian Church on Pacific Avenue.  We are arranging for the US Navy to present colors at his memorial. Thank you for all you have done.  Don very much enjoyed the annual get togethers.  We will all miss him deeply.  Sincerely,

Bruce Lofgren, Don's son-in-law, and Nancy Lofgren, his daughter


Donald W. Macpherson Obituary from Santa Rosa Press Democrat 5:30PM, October 10, 2003
MACPHERSON, Donald W. Born October 24, 1923 in Merced Falls, CA. Died suddenly, October 8, 2003 in Roseville, CA, after undergoing emer-gency surgery on October 6. His beloved daughters, Margaret MacPherson Elam and Nancy MacPherson Lofgren, were at his bedside. Don was preceded in death by Barbara Tenter MacPherson, his wife of 30 years, and also by his second wife of 14 years, Jeanne Trumbo MacPherson. He will be missed by sons-in-law William Elam and Bruce Lofgren along with grandchildren Amy Lofgren, Adam Lofgren and John Elam, sister Barbara Rafferty and brother Ken MacPherson. Also by sisters and brothers-in-law, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Don lived in Santa Rosa until 1994 when he moved in with Nancy and her family in Antelope. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, NALC and First Presbyterian Church, where he had been a Deacon and sang in the choir. In the 1940ís, Don and Barbara implemented a youth group ministry at First Presbyterian Church while active in the Mariners group. Don received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy after surviving a kamakazi attack on his ship in the South Pacific during World War II. He spent most of his working career with the U.S. Postal Service, over 30 years, and received national recognition for innovations, which streamlined the sorting process. Don was also known for his woodworking craftsmanship. A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 12, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1550 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa, CA. For more information, please call (707) 545-7866 or (415) 385-8909.
Published in the Press Democrat on 10/10/2003.


WEBMASTER'S NOTE: Donald William MacPherson RdM2c Ser # 376-86-38. enlisted in the US Navy September 12, 1942 at San Francisco, CA.  Don was received on the USS Sigsbee DD-502, January 23, 1943 from Rec Bar Brooklyn, NY.  After serving over 34 months on the DD-502 he was transferred December 1, 1945 to RS Charleston, SC for further transfer to Seperation Center, Shoemaker, CA for discharge.  He was admired by all who knew him, he loved to reminisce about his service on the Sigsbee as we viewed the WWII records and photos displayed at our reunions.  Don was unable to travel to Sigsbee reunions back east but managed to make it to West Coast Reunions at Sacramento 2001, Las Vegas 2002 and Reno 2003 He will be missed by all of his Sigsbee shipmates and friends.  Our thoughts and prayers go out for Dons's  family and friends.