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McLaren Don orig photoDonald Barr McLaren

On Monday, January 22, 2018, surrounded by the love of family and friends, Donald Barr McLaren passed away at the age of 66. Born March 13, 1951 Donald grew up in Roland and remained in the municipality his entire life. Donald loved growing up on the farm and his passion was building and driving cars, and more recently rat rods. Donald took his mechanics course at Red River College. Farming was in his blood and he farmed with his Grandpa, Dad, Son and Grandson. When something didn’t work the way that he wanted it to he fixed it or built it to be better. Donald’s projects never had a pattern but he was able to visualize and see it to completion. As one friend said “He was the only man who could take a rusty old wheelbarrow and make it into something.”

Donald loved spending weekends at the lake. He took pride in the cottage he built and enjoyed all the activities that go with the cottage life – boating, snowmobiling, happy hour, reading, building fires and relaxing. He liked curling and especially MCA bonspiels with his friends. He was a member of the Carman Handgun Club, a 4-H Leader in Woodworking and the Beef Club. Donald enjoyed playing cards, Sunday drives, snowmobiling, watching the grandkids play hockey and baseball and ice cream.

He will be missed by his wife Shirley, son Shane (Joleen), daughter Kyla (Wayne Orchard), four grandchildren Dylan, Quinn, Ryan & Sierra; his Finnish Exchange Student Anne; his Dad Clarke McLaren, Mother in Law Agnes Phillips, Siblings Linda & Don Phillips, Tracey & Bruce McIntosh, LeeAnn Last & Rick Fifi, Blaine & Susan Phillips, Raymond & Jeannie Phillips; and many other relatives & friends. Donald was predeceased by his Mom Betty McLaren, Father in Law Wes Phillips, and nephew Brian.

Funeral service was held on Friday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Roland United Church. The family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses and staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre and Doyle’s Funeral Home for the compassionate care. We would also like to thank everyone for food, flowers, visits, gifts, donations, thoughts & prayers. The community support is awesome.

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome trying to succeed.”

~ Booker T. Washington


#16 Dave Height 2018-02-04 17:03
Sincere condolences to you Shirley, Shane, Kyla and families.

May the good memories of Don comfort you in this difficult time.

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