Don McKay Andreasen

01/14/1933 ~ 11/13/2013

Dad tux front pageCropDon McKay Andreasen, age 80, passed into a glorious realm of peace and love on November 13, 2013, after 19 years of courageously living with Parkinson’s disease. McKay was born January 14, 1933, in the little lake-shore town of Vineyard, Utah, to Juel LeRoy Andreasen and Florence Dalton.
Scouting was always a love of his father’s, and it was only natural for McKay to follow in his footsteps, earning many awards and accepting positions of responsibility along the way. He became an Eagle Scout shortly after his 14th birthday.
McKay graduated from John Muir High School, then went on to BYU, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts and Drawing (Architecture).
While at BYU, he met his first wife, Fredda-le Suzanne Spooner, whom he wed in the St. George temple in 1956. The marriage was blessed with two sons and two daughters and later ended in divorce. During this first marriage, McKay served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force.
In 1966 McKay married Sherron Lee Barber in the Los Angeles temple, McKay’s father performing the ceremony. They were happily raising their three sons and two daughters in La Habra, California, until 1979 when they moved to Ephraim, Utah.
McKay always loved working with people and served in a wide variety of positions in the LDS Church, including serving as a district missionary to the Makah Indians in Neah Bay, Washington.
McKay possessed a creative mind and a talent for working with wood, and especially enjoyed his work with sometimes disadvantaged boys while serving as Arts and Crafts Director at the La Habra Boys’ Club, where he was affectionately called “Mr. McKay”.
While in Ephraim, McKay worked for several years as a custodian for the LDS Church. He later helped Sherron run their Ephraim Homestead Bed and Breakfast.
McKay and Sherron restored and renovated two homes, sharing their first home, log granary, and barn with bed-and-breakfast guests over a 20-year period. When McKay’s health required a change, they closed the bed and breakfast and moved across the street to their present home.
McKay is survived by Sherron, his wife of 47 years, his brother Cal (Alice) Andreasen, his nine children, Jamie (Mark) Forsyth, Christian (Kymberlee) Andreasen, Tamie (Tim) Cottrell, Dan Andreasen, Matthew (Ann) Andreasen, Melinda (Todd) Reich, Jeremy (Mindy) Andreasen, Adam (Edee) Andreasen, Amy (Edward) Lim, 29 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his first wife. Funeral services will be held Monday November 18, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the Ephraim 6th Ward LDS Chapel with a viewing from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. prior to services at the church. Interment in the Ephraim Park Cemetery under the care of Rasmussen Mortuary.

2 Responses to “Don McKay Andreasen”

  1. Carla Andreasen Armstrong says:

    To McKay’s Family – I shared with Cal a few of my memories, of which there are many, a few days ago. I adored McKay
    clear back to my toddler days. Uncle Juel and Aunt Florence
    were so good to my brother, Erik, and I, and I loved spending a week or so with them every summer. McKay and Cal
    spoiled me rotten and acted like they actually enjoyed taking
    their little cousin wherever they went. I believe they enjoyed taking me out to Punch & Judy Ice Cream Shop best. They would have me order a BIG serving – and were more than happy to finish it for me. I feel thrilled thinking about McKay back in his parents arms. You will be in my thoughts
    and prayers tomorrow. I wish I could be with you….
    With Love, Carla

  2. Shannah B Godfrey says:

    Has it been 3 years already?! I sure love Uncle McKay. Hope you are well, Aunt Sherron. Love to Matthew, Melinda, Jeremy, Adam, Amy, and all your families.