MacDonald James Rice

September 5, 1945 ~ October 11, 2021 (age 76)


MacDonald James Rice, age 76, formerly from Indiana and now residing in Vero Beach, Florida, passed away on October 11, 2021. Mac was a loving husband, father, uncle, mentor, and friend. He was born on September 5, 1945, in Salem, New Jersey to George P. Rice and Laura Crittenden Rice. Mac accomplished many things in his life. After graduating from Middletown High School in 1964, Mac joined the Marines and proudly served his country during the Viet Nam war, servicing military aircraft. He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Patricia Babb on August 21, 1965. They enjoyed 56 years of marriage filled with love and adventures. Pat passed away on October 22, 2021. Mac was an Eagle Scout and a volunteer firefighter for many years in Middletown, Indiana and Brownsburg, Indiana. He worked for the Middletown News and later the Indianapolis Star. During this time, he became trained as a pilot and transitioned into a career working as a corporate pilot – a job and passion that took him to many destinations. What Mac and Pat really loved, was sailing. Beginning with their first sailboat on Lake Monroe in Bloomington, Indiana, to their time spent sailing in and around Lake Michigan, to their greatest adventure of all… living aboard their boat, spending summers in the Chesapeake Bay and winters in the Bahamas, they visited wonderful destinations and made life-long friends. In retirement, Mac loved traveling, fishing, and golfing, especially winning the Big Tuna Golf Outing. He was an active member of Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church, where he helped to implement virtual options for members to enjoy the recorded church services. Mac and Pat both enjoyed hosting and attending gatherings with beloved friends. Mac’s surviving family members include his brother Frank (Sandy) Rice, sister Cathy Purdue, brother Ben (Susan) Rice, and brother John (Cindy) Rice; two daughters, Christina (Matthew) Thompson and Shannon Summers; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. At his request, no services will be held. A celebration of life will take place in Indiana at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation or Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church in Vero Beach, Florida

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