Justin McDonald

Obituary of Justin Matthew McDonald



Justin Matthew



“Go Rest High on That Mountain”


Justin Matthew McDonald, 38, of Arivaca, AZ. passed away on December 18th, 2021. Justin was born in Seattle, WA., the youngest son of Mike and Cheryl (Cato) McDonald.


In addition to his parents, Justin is survived by his older brother Jason of Olympia, WA. He is also survived by grandparents  Robert G. Cato of Beaverton, OR.; Dick and Barbara McDonald of Mt. Vernon, WA.; and Donna McDonald of Bellingham, WA.; aunt Sharon Johnson (Mike Campbell) of Montgomery City, MO.; uncle Kevin McDonald (Norma) of Sedro Woolley, WA.; cousins Matt Johnson of Ellensburg, WA.;  Amy (Jeremy) Queen of Rolla, MO.; Chloe and Zoe Queen of Rolla, MO., and his beloved pets “Hobo” and “L’il Bit.” He is predeceased by his aunt Sandra “Sandy” (Cato) Wood, grandmother Nancy (Foord) Cato, and uncle Stephen Wood.


Justin was a graduate of the International Air Academy in Vancouver, WA. and his early career took him to airline industry and travel-related jobs in Arizona, Oregon, and Alaska. He had a gift for customer service and a love for “children” of all ages, which led to jobs working with seniors in a retirement community to youth and teens in foster care and community recreation programs.  


He was a talented vocalist, working with country music producers in Nashville and taking home several medals for the United States in the World Championships of Performing Arts. He was a gifted poet, songwriter and children’s book author. He also loved photography.  In addition to his beautiful nature photographs he was frequently asked by friends and family to capture them for portraits and family albums.


Justin will be remembered for his deep faith, ready smile and willingness to help others. Due to extenuating circumstances and distance there will not be an in-person service. Family and friends are invited to go to the attached Tribute Wall to share memories and condolences. Memorials in Justin’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, or your local Humane Society.


“Go Rest High on That Mountain

Son Your Work on Earth is  Done

Go to Heaven A-Shoutin’

Love for the Father and the Son.”

-Vince Gill


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