Donald "Mac" G. McKnight


Donald "Mac" G. McKnight of Havre, MT, 59, passed away peacefully of natural causes Dec. 17, 2017, at Benefis Health Care.

Celebration of life will be held spring of 2018.

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Memorials can be made to "Make a Wish Foundation" or person's choice.

Donald was born Dec. 21, 1957, to Jeanette (Potaracke) and Richard McKnight in Joliet, Illinois. The family moved to Montana and settled in at Vaughn, MT. He graduated from Simms High School in 1976. He was active in basketball, football, track and held many school records.

In May of 1980, he headed to Zortman, MT, to begin his career in mining gold. In November 1987 while visiting his father in Scottsdale, AZ, he met his future wife, Sharon, a Florida girl. They married in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho May 27, 1988, and a year later, on May 23, 1989, their son Andrew was born. They later settled in Havre, MT in 1995.

Donald worked for the City of Havre. In Donald's spare time he enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys and Boston Red Sox and listening to Alabama and George Strait.

Donald is survived by his wife, Sharon, and his sons, Andy (Nikki) McKnight of Havre, MT, and Scott (Jeni) McKnight of Billings, MT; brothers Rick (Maggie) McKnight of Calgary, Canada, and Kelly (Judy) McKnight of Apache Junction, AZ, and sister Mickey Caldwell of Great Falls, MT; his three grandchildren, Harper, Kendall and Kane, and numerous nieces, nephews and Beau the dog.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Jeanette (Potaracke) and Richard McKnight, and his siblings Cindy, Kim, and Doug McKnight.

Guest Book

From: Judy Hembd

Sharon, my sincere sympathy on your loss. I keep you close in my thoughts and prayers.


From: Harvey & Teresa Herrig

We are so sorry for your lose. You are all in our
Thoughts and prayers. God bless.


From: Keith Jensen

Dear McKnight Family,
I am sorry for your loss. Don was a friend of mine. We both graduated from Simms High School in 1976. We were co-captains of our track team our senior year. He is a good man, and I am blessed to have him as a friend. I hope and pray that you will be comforted and strengthened at this time of loss in your family.

With gratitude for Don's friendship,

Keith Jensen


From: Dennis Broadbrooks

I worked with Don at Zortman and Landusky for many years and have to say they were some of the Best Years and the Hardest Years. Don was an excellent worker, but he was also a friend to those who worked with him. He always treated everyone with respect and made work fun with his laughter and personality. I can say i don't miss some of the people at Zortman-Landusky, but Don is one that i will miss period! Just a good ol boy! Sorry to the family for your loss.

From: David & Nancy Pegar

Dearest Sharon and family,

You have been held close in our hearts and our prayers. As the pain subsides, we pray wonderful memories will sustain you.



From: Craig Jeffrey

We were neighbors for many years in Vaughn and good friends with the McKnight family. Donny was always friendly and cheerful. We were surprised and sorry to hear of his passing.

From: amy thackeray

Sharon and family,
Sorry for your loss. His smiles and a heart of Gold will be dearly missed.


From: Philip Ratliff

I am so sorry to hear of Donnie's passing. His name just popped into my head so I looked him up online to find this news. I have not seen the family since we moved to Gt Falls but the McKnight's were always friendly with my family (Trux's) when we lived across the street in Vaughn. My thoughts are with you P


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