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Donald E. MacLeish

July 15, 1934 — February 11, 2024


Donald E MacLeish

On February 11, 2024 at the age of 89, Donald Edward MacLeish (Waunakee, Wisconsin) passed away. Don’s fight with cancer was more that his body could take. 

Don “Mick” MacLeish was born on July 15, 1934 and raised in Madison, the son of Kenneth and Dorothy (Payne) MacLeish. He graduated from Madison West High School and received a degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Mick met his loving wife, Dolores “Lorie” Sawin, as a college student and they were married on December 28, 1956. After college he served in the US Army stationed in Tacoma, Washington. After his stint with the Army, they moved briefly to Sacramento, California before returning to Madison and later to their long-time home in Waunakee, Wisconsin.

Mick began his career at Harley, Hayden & Co. as a stockbroker. Later he worked in the financial investment area of M&I Bank of Madison and finishing his career at United Asset Management. He was a member and served on the board for several professional and civic organizations. Mick and Lorie enjoyed spending time in Palm City, Florida and Waupaca, Wisconsin. Mick loved staying active; playing tennis and golf, skiing, horseback riding, boating, fishing, and more. He also enjoyed traveling around the world with friends. He was quick to laugh and a friend to many. Mick will be missed.

Mick was predeceased by his parents; Kenneth C. MacLeish, Dorothy (Payne) Brower and Ralph Brower; his sister Joanne (Gerald) Jaeckle. He is survived by his wife Lorie, five children; Kary (Dave) Beck, Ken (Laurie) MacLeish, Kris (Rich) Plendl, Mike (Marnie) MacLeish, Patrick (Peggy) MacLeish, and 14 grandchildren; Henry Beck, Steve (Carolyn) Beck, Maggie (Trent) Lattimore, Emily MacLeish, Patrick MacLeish, Hope Plendl, Stella Plendl, Alison MacLeish, Darby MacLeish, Jack MacLeish, Matthew (Emily) Reither, Allison (Mathew) Bullard, Sydnie MacLeish, and Jakob MacLeish. Mick is also survived by three great grandchildren.

A private funeral service for the immediate family will be held in March.

Friends wishing to honor Mick with a memorial are encouraged to donate to the UW Carbone Cancer Center.


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Winn-Cress Funeral & Cremation Service

5785 Hwy Q, Waunakee

(608) 849-4513


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