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Donald MacLaren Jack

May 4, 1930 — January 29, 2023

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Donald MacLaren Jack

 

Donald MacLaren Jack Jr., resident of Chagrin Falls, Ohio passed away peacefully on January 29, 2023.

Don will be dearly missed by wife, Marta Lindseth Jack, sons Craig (Brooke) from Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Douglas  (Courtney) from Winnetka, Illinois and grandfather to Derek, Seth, Max, Graham and Kirby.

Don was born in Hornell, NY on May 4, 1930 to Donald MacLaren Jack, Sr. and Helen Irene (nee. Sherwood).  As a young boy Don became a huge fan of Major League Baseball, frequenting New York Giants games on a regular basis.   He would write famous baseball players and over time assembled an impressive autograph book with hundreds of personalized autographs including legends like Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Cy Young & Micky Mantle, just to name a few.  A graduate of Garden City High School on Long Island, Don obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1952. He began his MBA studies at Columbia, where he developed his interest in investing after taking a course by the famous David Dodd.  His studies were interrupted after one semester by a stint in the US Navy as a Lieutenant j.g. on a Mine-Sweeper, spending time in Puerto Rico and ports of call around the Mediterranean.  After the Navy Don worked in New York City where he met Marta.  They moved to Chicago in 1960, and then moved to Marta’s hometown of Cleveland in 1962 where they remained for the rest of their lives.

Don spent the vast majority of his career with McDonald & Company Investments where he was an institutional investment adviser where he retired in 1999.  He was passionately involved in the Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Museum of Art, an avid squash player and went on numerous international bicycle trips with a bunch of “characters” from the Cleveland area.  He and Marta also passionately traveled the world over the years.  He and Marta were one of the first couples to move to Franklin Circle, there for 12 years.  He was very involved in the community there as well, serving on the resident’s association for years.

 The family suggests contributions in his name to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106, the Cleveland Orchestra, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 or an organization of choice.   

A celebration of life will be held  in the Chautauqua Room at South Franklin Circle on Saturday February 18 from 11am-1pm.

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