It is with heavy hearts and a profound sense of loss that we announce the tragic death of our dear husband, father, son and beloved friend, Jon Aaron MacDonough. He was 47 years young, and passed away in an interstate accident on November 11, 2018, in Lakeland, Florida. He is survived by his wife Alice MacDonough. Over their twenty-eight years of marriage, Jon and Alice built a large, tight-knit family of five children whom he is also survived by: Benjamin, Dezree', Preston, Mason, and Jaxon. He is also survived by his parents, Robert and Dorothy, sister Kirsten, brother-in-law Barry, Father and Mother in-law Tony and Miriam, and many extended family members. He will also be dearly missed by his countless beloved friends and his spiritual family, who all look forward to seeing his unforgettable smile again. John 5:28
Jon was born to parents Robert and Dorothy MacDonough on June 29,1971, in Wakefield, Rhode Island. Throughout Jon's formative years he lived in Texas (enter Astros love affair), later returning to Rhode Island and attending South Kingston High School. With the warm weather in mind, the family moved to Florida in 1988, where Jon would meet the love of his life, his wife and mother of his five children, Alice. After working in construction for a period of time and developing an appreciation for architecture due to his upbringing amongst the historic homes of New England, Jon started his own contracting business and later became the principal of KJIMS Homes in Naples, Florida. Despite his unique interests and intellect, Jon never attended college. Instead, he was self-taught through reading, travelling and his love of History. Although Jon enjoyed using his entrepreneurial talents to build inspired homes for the residents of Naples, he found fulfillment in using these talents to provide for his true passion, his family. Jon was dedicated to his family in every way possible, even donating a kidney to his eldest son at the age of 3. All of his hobbies and diverse interests were worth nothing if he couldn't share them with his family. For many years, boating played a big part in the family's life, with the kids practically growing up on the water and making countless memories on what equated to the family's second home. In spite of his love of the water, Jon was never more content than when taking in an Astros baseball game, a quick Rockets basketball game, or doubling up on football Sundays, rooting for the Texans and the Buccaneers. First and foremost, the family looks forward to faithfully following their husband and father's loyal example in loving our Creator, Jehovah God; and their beautiful collection of family, spiritual brothers, sisters and friends. Jon served on the Board of Directors for Athletics at FGCU, where Jon's daughter attends college. Sports aside, Jon's true character was seen through his subtle humor and unmistakable manners. Jon wasn't Jon without late lunches, riling Alice up with an inappropriate joke in public, or a healthy late-night glass of red wine.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. Golden Gate Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3490 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples, FL 34120. Contributions to the memorial or to the family are invited and can be made at: GoFundMe.com/macdonough-family.