Doyle Anthony Maccree, Age 85, of Goodyear, Arizona died December 15, 2017 from heart failure after surviving stomach cancer in 1997 and a current battle with prostate cancer. Doyle was born March 9, 1932 to Milton W Maccree Sr. and Mary Cleofa Maccree of San Diego, California. Native born in San Diego. Doyle grew up around the tuna boat fleets of San Diego, helping his dad as a ship's rigger who took down the original rigging off the "Star of India" ship that is now redone and a tourist attraction for all. Doyle joined the Air Force in 1951 to do different work, Doyle served with the 1st Crash Rescue Boat Flight Air Research & Development Command. He received Several Good Conduct medals, the Korean Service Medal, W/2 Br Battle Stars, United Nations Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He always described his service in this unit as being like the old television show "McHale's Navy". After he served eleven years, he returned to San Diego where he went into commercial fishing until he broke his back and made a miraculous recovery and worked as a heavy equipment repairman until his diagnosis of stomach cancer in 1997 which he retired and then moved to Arizona in 2001.
Doyle is survived by his brother Charles Maccree of Chula Vista, California and sister Ivy Hardman of San Jose, California, His wife of sixty years Analie M Maccree and eight children, Marlena Young of El Cajon, California, Kevin Maccree of Little Rock, Arkansas, Dianna Maccree of Avondale, Arizona, Alison Fricchione of Mocksville, North Carolina, Dori Glantz of Cave Creek, Arizona, Babbette McCowat of Phoenix, Arizona, Kimberly Marietta of Buford, Georgia, and Thomas Maccree of Buford, Georgia, Twenty grandchildren and thirty three great grandchildren. He will always be loved and missed.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Knights of Columbus for "Christians at risk" @ www.kofc.org or to the American Legion, Post 61, 35 N Dysart Road, Avondale, AZ 85323.
Published on January 4, 2018