In Memory

John Joseph "Joe" McDonald - Class Of 1978

I would like to add an "In Memory" of Joe McDonald, class of 1978. While working for SeisCom Delta he died offshore in the summer of 1978. He was electrocuted while drilling a hole on the deck 175ft seismic ship with a 220volt drill. A wave washed over and connected him to the electricity. His last words were “Pull the DAM plug”. The crew was completely unprepared and could not revive him. The helicopter took 4 hours to reach the ship and 4 hours to get to the emergency room where he was pronounced dead.

Barton Roffee

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06/06/09 10:11 AM #1    

Daniel Wesley Roffee (1979)

Joe McDonald lived his life as full as possible every second. A born leader with great looks and intelligence, he was a great son, brother, and friend to so many. He became synonymous with a red Dodge Charger, pre-football game antics, and great parties with Aerosmith, Van Halen and Bacardi Rum. He worked very hard throughout most of highschool supporting himself as well as helping to support his family - all while earning great grades. He was a profoundly positive person and tectonic influence to Barton, Kelly, Tilt, Karen, David, Mike, Jon, plus several - surely me and many others... both in his graduating class and mine. His powerful character and force of personality kept his friends drug-free and more or less out of serious trouble. Joe is still missed.

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