Donald McLain Pope

August 15, 1937January 8, 2021

Donald Pope was born August 15, 1937 in Acworth, GA and passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021. He was the son of the late George Wesley Pope and Julia McLain Pope of Acworth, Georgia. Donald attended Georgia Technical Institute and spent the next 40 years in aerospace manufacturing at Lockheed Martin, Rohr Industries, McDonnell Douglas, and Boeing. As general manager of McDonnel Douglas’ Macon plant, he served on the State Board of Technical and Adult Education. After retiring in 1999 he enjoyed golf and building custom golf clubs as a business/hobby for the next 19 years in Horseshoe Bay, TX and SaddleBrooke, AZ. He and his wife moved back to the South (specifically Chapin, SC) in 2018 to be closer to family. Mr. Pope is survived by his wife of 38 years, Kate Pope; children, Michelle Welch (Mark), Michael Pope (Jannette), Melinda Price (Jeff); 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; brother, George Pope (Mary Ellen) and sister, Pat Chilton. He was predeceased by his sister, Judy Farrar and brother-in-law, Red Chilton. Services will be held at a later date.


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Donald McLain Pope

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john murray

February 4, 2021

Bonnie and I were honored to be both neighbors and friends of Don and Kate Pope in Saddlebrooke, AZ.. Don was a man of true integrity and humor. We golfed together and even when COPD had him on oxygen, we would drive around the course and he would hit seven irons to the green. He shared many stories of his past including flights in the SR-71(Blackbird) and especially his love of Kate and family. We will treasure our memories of Don always.
John & Bonnie Murray