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James Milton McDonald

September 24, 2020


James Milton McDonald (65) son of Austin N. McDonald I, and Barbara Giles McDonald passed away September 24, 2020 at his residence in San Francisco, California. Cause of death was complication due to Diabetes.

James was a lifetime student. His elementary schools were DuPont and Normal Park Elementary, Northside Jr. High School and City High School. His first year of college was in the California's Napa Valley. He then transferred to UC Knoxville where he graduate with honors with a degree in Political science and philosophy.


He immediately enrolled in classes at UC Chattanooga, and worked in the bookstore. He took his first paycheck in books instead of money. After one semester, he joined the V.I.S.T.A program, which allowed him to travel to South Georgia and Atlanta, where he worked with needy and handicapped adults.


After V.I.S.T.A Jim enrolled for one year in classes at Memphis State Law School. James returned to Chattanooga and enrolled in at UTC working towards a degree in education. During this time, he also volunteered with the READ program teaching adults and working with the Chattanooga food bank.

James moved to San Francisco where he worked with a Catholic organization tutoring children and as a desk clerk at a senior living facility. In this long time employment, he made many lasting friendships.


While in California, he survived the 2006 earthquake. He also graduated for the San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. He also earned a Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal/Legal studies from the City College of San Francisco. At the time of his death, Jim was enrolled in Drama classes at the City College.


James was predeceased by his Father and Grandparents Carl Frasier McDonald, Mary Elsea Miller McDonald, John H Giles, and Myrtis Barron Giles. He was also predeceased by his niece, Amy Walker.


He is survived by his Mother and Brother J.Neil McDonald, Nephews Austin McDonald II, J.Samuel McDonald and Terry Morgan. Niece Maryclair McDonald Turner and her children Ava and Henry, and a special friend Aussie Ngo of San Francisco.



James was of the Lutheran faith.


Contributions can be made to the

American Diabetes Association

P.O.Box 7023

Merrifield, Va



A Celebration of life will follow in the spring.



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