Donald Roy Mackay, 75

Published 11:14 am Friday, August 14, 2015

Donald Roy Mackay, 75, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at his home, following a lengthy battle with cancer.



He was born Oct. 8, 1939, in Linesville, Pennsylvania, to Donald R. and Lola (Young) Mackay. Don attended elementary school and high school in Linesville, graduating in 1957. He worked for the Pennsylvania Game Commission for two years before receiving several degrees in biblical studies from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. On Aug. 11, 1962, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Glenda Baker, in Linesville, Pennsylvania. Over the years Don served as a church pastor and taught at Bible colleges in Florida, San Diego, California, Denver, Colorado, and Owatonna, Minnesota, before moving to Albert Lea in 1984. He pastored in Albert Lea for 10 years, having experienced the wonderful grace of Jesus and abiding faithfulness of God “through it all.”

Don retired from preaching in 2001, while Glenda continued a faithful ministry at Crane Community Chapel in Austin. Following retirement, he worked for NAPA and he owned a lawn mowing business for over 30 years. He and Glenda were members of Faith Evangelical Free Church in Austin. Don enjoyed reading, canoeing, hiking, preaching and teaching, spending time with family and friends, and camping. He is now enjoying the “rest” of the Lord’s eternal campground.

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Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Mackay Olson of Albert Lea, Minnesota; a son, Donald (Amanda) Mackay, Jr. of Austin, Minnesota; four grandchildren: Amanda Olson, Danielle Olson, Emma Mackay and Keegan Mackay; one great-granddaughter, Avah Patton; a niece Pattie Bianchi of Louisville, Colorado; a brother-in-law, J. Lee Baker of Pennsylvania; two sisters-in-law: Diana Baker Hanson of Florida, and Pam Baker Gee of Linesville, Pennsylvania; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Lola Mackay; his wife Glenda in December 2014; and his sisters: Rosemary, Jean, and Doris.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Austin with Pastor Mike Sager and Pastor Dale Christiansen officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at