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Douglas McMahon

Feb. 20, 1920-Sept. 29, 2012

October 3, 2012
Minot Daily News

Douglas Farnham McMahon, 92, Minot, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in a Minot nursing home.

Douglas was born Feb. 20, 1920, in Rugby, to Patrick and Jeanette (Sather) McMahon. He was reared and educated in Rugby and graduated from Rugby High School in 1938. As a young adult he was employed by the Great Northern Railway. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1940, was called to active duty in 1941 and served with Company D of the 164th Infantry in the South Pacific. According to 164th Infantry accounts, Sergeant McMahon was the first U.S. soldier off the first troop transport ship at Guadalcanal. For his bravery and valor in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and several other medals and commendations. Following his honorable discharge as a master sergeant on May 31, 1945, at Fort Snelling he returned to North Dakota and continued his employment with the railroad.

Douglas married Donna Carlson on Nov. 18, 1946, in Berthold. They made their home in Minot where he continued his employment with the Great Northern Railway. He retired in 1982 as a conductor. Following his retirement they spent the winter months in Mesa, Ariz.

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Doug was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church, American Legion Post and United Transportation Union, all in Minot, and was a life member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1150. For more than 20 years, while retired in Mesa, he volunteered at both the St. Vincent du Paul Society and the American Red Cross. He enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting and traveling. Most of all, he enjoyed his dear wife, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Doug's loving family includes: his wife of 65 years, Donna; children, Dr. Dennis (Beverly) McMahon, of St. Paul, Minn., Timothy McMahon (Jackie Gund) of Olympia, Wash., Judy (Keith) Bjornson, of Bismarck, Jeanine (Dr. Robert) Olson, of Madison, Wis., and Mary McMahon, of Chicago; son-in-law, William McCollum, of Bismarck; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Doug was preceded in death by: his parents; daughter, Colleen McCollum; sister, Anna Mae McCulloch; and brother, Patrick McMahon.

Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m., in Little Flower Catholic Church, Minot.

Vigil prayer service and rosary recitation: Thursday, at 7 p.m., in the Thomas Family Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.

Graveside service: Friday, at 3 p.m., in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.

Visitation: Thursday, from 2 to to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials: In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials are preferred to Little Flower Catholic Church, Minot, or the Minot Catholic Schools Foundation.

Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (



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