Community leaders in Fresno County are responding to the passing of a local philanthropist and former owner of Pelco, David McDonald.
He was found dead in his Prather home Wednesday morning at the age of 69.
The former City of Fresno mayor, Ashley Swearengin, says McDonald was a “tremendous blessing to our community and his generous spirit will be deeply missed.”
His last charitable act, she says, was “improving Fresno’s deteriorating parks” through the Measure P initiative.
“We will be forever grateful for his leadership and vision as we strive to honor his legacy,” Swearengin concludes.
The current City of Fresno mayor, Lee Brand, says he is “shocked” and “saddened” by the passing of his friend.
He says the two had plans this new year to bring the community together.
The Clovis animal rescue, Miss Winkles Adoption Center, was named after McDonald’s beloved dog.
And now, the people behind the organization are paying their respects.
“Our hearts are all too heavy today,” the organization posted on Facebook. “We are deeply saddened to have learned of the passing of the incredibly generous donor whose beloved dog is our facility’s namesake.”
Adding: “We will certainly never forget his generosity and kindness. In his memory and the memory of Miss Winkles, we will continue to work tirelessly to help animals in need in our community, and promise to continue to share his love and compassion for animals with all whom we encounter.”