|Death: ||Jan. 20, 2013|
Stuart Edwin MacDougall, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away January 20, 2013, at the age of 76.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; daughter, Sharon; son, Dale and his wife Ruth; grandchildren: Cherise, Nicole, Gabe, Josh and wife Angela; great granddaughter, Ariana; sisters, Roberta Iverson and Mary Nork of Klamath Falls; brothers, James (Jeanne) Holt of Chico and Leonard (Debbie) Holt of Fortuna.
Stuart was born in Alton, California to Jenny and Robert "Dale" MacDougall. His mother remarried when Stuart was 9 years old, he was fathered by James Holt. His great-great-grandparents, a Humboldt Pioneer Family, bought a large ranch on the coast where Stuart spent much of his time growing up and began a passion for the outdoors. He attended Fortuna High School and college in Santa Rosa. Stuart met Kathleen on a blind date in 1956, they married in Bridgeville in 1958 and moved their young family to the Redding area in 1966. Stuart and Kathy eventually bought property in Mt. Gate where they raised their children together.
Throughout his life, Stuart had a passion for the outdoors and centered his work in the timber industry; he fell and contracted for timber and owned his own logging trucks. After retiring from the timber industry, he helped in the operations of a large cattle ranch outside of Redding. Over the years he put his hobbies to work by beekeeping, raising cattle and goats, guiding hunters, and trapping. He shared his love for the outdoors by teaching others to hunt and fish.
Stuart was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He taught the youth in Sunday school, babysat for young parents when they needed time away, worked with the Boy Scouts of America and was a scoutmaster for a number of years.
There were many facets to the long and beautiful life of Stuart MacDougall. In addition to his love for the outdoors and animals, he loved children and the elderly, he was a great storyteller and had great wisdom and respect for life. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who will be missed very much. To quote a friend, "We will miss Stuart so much, his stories and presence, his great insight into wildlife, cattle and all things that he clearly loved. We will never forget his kindness, wisdom and selfless character."
A celebration of life will be held in the spring on the family's property in Mt. Gate.
Published in Redding Record Searchlight on February 16, 2013
Created by: J
Record added: Feb 16, 2013
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