Brett McDonald Obituary

Brett Lorne McDonald was found deceased at his home in Harmony, Minn. at the age of 54.
    Brett was born on Sept. 21, 1963, to the family of Jean and Lorne McDonald of Lake City. Brett attended Lincoln High School in Lake City and served in the United States Navy from 1983 to 1986.
    Brett married Tamara Eissa, in Oakland, Calif. on Jan. 19, 1985. Although the marriage later ended in divorce, they were blessed with a daughter, Cara.
    He worked on commercial fishing boats out of the Alaskan/Aleutian Islands on the Bering Sea for many years.  In more recent years, he settled in southern Minnesota and worked for several bridge building and construction firms in the area.
    Brett was a tremendous lover of animals. As a child, he was forever bringing home stray cats and injured animals that were in need of care. He lived at home with his much-adored dog he called Baby and his cat. He also loved the outdoors and felt most at home camping out by a stream or river. He knew every inch of every trout stream in southern Minnesota.
    Brett is survived by his daughter, Cara of Brainerd, Minn.; former wife, Tamara of Lake City; father, Lorne of Lake City; brother, Bill (Debb), of St. Peters, Mo.; sister, Lorna, of Isle, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.   He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean.
    A graveside burial service of his cremains will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at Lakewood Cemetery in Lake City. The service will be followed by a Celebration of Life gathering at the Lake City VFW from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Everyone is invited to bring pictures and tell stories remembering Brett.  If so desired, memorials may be directed to the Minnesota DNR Fisheries Division, to be used to enhance trout fishing for future generations, or to the Hiawatha Animal Humane Society in Lake City, or the Goodhue County Humane Society in Red Wing.

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