Daniel (Dan, Danny) Angus McDonald, the founder of Island Lake Lodge, passed away on Feb. 11, 2015 from diabetic kidney failure.
Survived by his mother, Pearleen Spanos. Children: Jennie (Krynski), Parker McDonald, and Jackie McDonald. Grandchildren: Tynan and Ava Krynski, Mirra Roberts. Sisters: Darleen (Edlund), Joanne (LaBelle), Tammy (Molander), Pam (McSkimming). And many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Predeceased by father, Jim McDonald.
Born in New Westminster on Nov. 7, 1951, Dan grew up in Surrey. Most of his adult life was spent in Fernie, B.C. where he became proficient in the industrial construction business. Spare moments were spent exploring the mountains with family & friends. He loved to fish, hunt, ski & snowmobile. These passions inspired him to build the original Island Lake Lodge in Fernie (1988) and later the Revelstoke-based Mica Heliskiing Lodge (2003). Favorite past time: Hanging out at ‘The Lodge’ proudly wearing a ball cap or vest with logo displayed. Days would often find him driving the ‘snowcat’, while evenings were spent entertaining guests with his guitar and his gift for storytelling. As a leader in the Cat and Heliski Industry, he was a director of the Canadian Avalanche Association for 5 years. Dan embraced life with energy and vision. He was delighted to include his family & friends in his ventures whenever possible. His gentle and generous nature will be greatly missed.
Memorial service: Feb. 22, 2015, 2 pm. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses,
10446 – 157th Str., Surrey, BC.
In memory of Dan, and to ensure the continuation of his tireless support of young people desiring to enter the backcountry industry, a memorial fund has been set up to encourage those seeking a career in this field.
Donations to be directed to: Dan McDonald Backcountry Scholarship Fund
c/o Island Lake Resort Group
Box 1229 (602a – 2nd Ave)
Fernie, B.C. V0B 1M0
Attn: Doug Feely, CEO
250-423-3700 (ext 3010)