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Obituary for Donald R McFarlane M.D.

Donald R  McFarlane M.D.
Donald Ray McFarlane died peacefully on January 29, 2017, at Riverside Health Care Center in Missoula, Montana. He was 89.

Don was born in 1927 on a farm near Sherwood, North Dakota, the only child of Elmer and Myrtle (Nelson) McFarlane. He graduated cum laude from Jamestown University with a B.S. in chemistry in 1949 and received his M.D. in 1953 from the University of Minnesota. After his internship, he practiced general medicine in Graceville, Minnesota. While serving from 1955-57 as a US Army medical officer at Fort Rucker, Alabama, Don visited New Orleans many times and developed a love for Dixieland jazz and French cuisine.

Shortly after returning to the University of Minnesota for his residency in radiology he met Dianne Kittock. They fell in love and were married in 1959. He was Board Certified in 1960 with the American College of Radiology. In 1961 Don and Dianne moved to Lansing, Michigan, where they started a family, having three daughters and a son. In 1974 the family moved to La Grande, Oregon, where Don joined his friend John Indihar in radiology practice. In 1998, Don and Dianne retired to Missoula, Montana. After surviving a brain hemorrhage in 1999, he lived to enjoy all his grandchildren and many summers on the shores of Flathead Lake in Montana with family and dear friends.

During their life together, Don and Dianne shared a love of flying as private pilots, taking many trips with their family throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico to vacation and visit relatives and friends. While practicing medicine in Oregon, he also regularly flew to hospitals in Enterprise and Baker City. Don enjoyed hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, opera, and RV touring. He was a loyal friend. He and his lifelong friends Max Hurdelbrink and Russ Zurkan shared many laugh-filled adventures, including a teen-age road trip from North Dakota to Minneapolis unbeknownst to their parents. An expedition in the RV to Alaska in their retirement added to the three friends' life-long memories.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Dianne McFarlane of Missoula, Montana; their four children, Lisa Nichols McFarlane (Jack Nichols) of Missoula, Montana, Julie McFarlane of Portland, Oregon, Thomas McFarlane of Springfield, Oregon, and Karen McFarlane Holman of Salem, Oregon; and six grandchildren. He will be remembered for his ethical values, patience, perseverance, wit, dry sense of humor, and his gentle spirit.

Interment will take place at Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery in Missoula, Montana.
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