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Jack Robert McDonald

December 18, 1945 ~ March 27, 2022 (age 76) 76 Years Old


Jack Robert McDonald, 76, longtime Ellensburg resident, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 27, 2022.  Private family services will be held.

Jack was born on December 18, 1945 in Seattle, Washington.  He grew up in the Seattle area, graduating high school in the early 1960’s.  Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving for two years before his honorable discharge. Upon his return from the service, he began a long and rewarding career in law enforcement with the Bellevue Police Department, working his way up to Lieutenant and also serving on the SWAT Team and Bomb Squad. 

He was married twice, the first marriage brought two children into his life.  It was during his time with the Bellevue PD that he met his soulmate, a dispatcher named Sherry Jean Xaudaro, whom he married in 1976 and became “dad” to her three children. Jack and Sherry spent 43 wonderful years together before she passed away in 2019.

Jack retired from law enforcement in the mid 1990’s after 27 years of service and he and Sherry moved to Ellensburg where they enjoyed the slower pace of life and their home on Ellensburg Ranches Road. Jack was an accomplished gun enthusiast and collector.  He was also an avid reader and loved spending time with his animals including his dogs, cats and horses. He will be remembered for his easy going ways, his generous heart and his friendly smile.

Jack is survived by his children Suzanne Merritt, Kristine Davis, Kiola Krienke and Jack L. McDonald as well as numerous grandchildren and many great friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Sherry, as well as his son, Scott Bell.

Memorial contributions in Jack’s honor are suggested to the Kittitas County Friends of Animals, PO Box 1239, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Johnston & Williams Funeral Home and Crematory of Ellensburg has been entrusted with caring for Jack and his family.  Online condolences may be left at


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