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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Rest in peace: Deacon Francis ‘Mac’ Mackin, member of first deacon class

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 1, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Deacon Francis J. “Mac” Mackin, a member of the first deacon class ordained for the Spokane Diocese, died Sept. 14 in Spokane.

The rosary was prayed Sept. 18. Bishop Skylstad celebrated the funeral Mass Sept. 19 at St. Aloysius Church. Burial was Sept. 21 at Holy Cross Cemetery.

“Deacon Mac Mackin and his wife celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary a few days before his death,” said Bishop Skylstad. “What a great witness of a couple who devoted themselves to their sacrament of marriage is a very dedicated and loving way! Their great desire to be with each other during these later years, when both experienced significant health issues gave an example of a couple who lived out their marriage vows in an exemplary way,” said Bishop Skylstad.

As a member of the diocese’s first deacon class, Deacon Mackin served both in the Spokane Diocese and the Diocese of Juneau, Alaska, before retiring to Spokane, said Bishop Skylstad. “I am most grateful for his ministry and for the support of Vivian in his ministry as a deacon. On behalf of our diocesan family, I extend to Vivian and the Mackin family our prayerful sympathy and love. May he rest in peace.”

Deacon Mackin was born Sept. 10, 1922, in Alliance, Alberta, Canada, and grew up in Dalton Gardens, Idaho, and Spokane.

He enlisted in the Navy during World War II and served in the submarine service during the war.

While still in the Navy, he met and married Vivian, “the love of his life,” on his birthday.

After the war, Deacon Mackin worked as a plumber and pipe fitter. He was involved with several major construction projects in Eastern Washington, including Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, the third power house at Grand Coulee Dam, missal sites, and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. He was an active member of the Plumber/Pipe Fitters Union, Local 44 for 67 years, and served for many years as business agent for that Local, working diligently to settle disputes and improve working conditions for the members.

He was an avid golfer and fisherman, an ardent Gonzaga basketball fan, and loved to travel.

He was ordained a deacon Aug. 30, 1980, after a three-year formation program.

He ministered at St. Aloysius Parish and at the House of Charity before moving to the Juneau Diocese, where he was active in Sitka and Hoonah for 10 years.

Deacon Mackin is survived by his wife of 64 years, Vivian, and by eight children: Joe (Bonnie) Mackin of Pearland, Texas; Ray (Marisa) Mackin, Spokane; Stan (Carolyn) Mackin, Auburn, Wash.; Patricia Mackin, Spokane; Debra (Mac) McCall, San Antonio, Texas; Janet (Mark) Charlton, Mark (Patti) Mackin, and Shawn (Esmeralda) Mackin, all of Spokane; and 25 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his siblings, Harold Mackin, Jim Mackin, Mike Mackin, Helen Zeis and Rosellen St. Dennis. He was preceded in death by Mary Knox, Lawrence Mackin and Lorreta Smith.


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