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The Press-Tribune, 04/26/02
John “Mac” McWaters, 74, of Twin Falls, died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at his residence.
Mac was born on June 17, 1927, the son of Clarence and Rhoda (Holdridge) McWaters in
Montpelier. His father worked for the railroad and he was raised all over Idaho including
Montpelier, Nampa and Glenns Ferry. He attended high school in Nampa. During WWII he
served in the U.S.Army and was honorably discharged as a Tec 5 in May of 1946. After his
military service he moved back to Nampa.
On Oct. 1, 1952, in Winnemucca, Nev., he was married to Lois Vail. They lived in Nampa
where Mac worked for the Union Pacific Railroad from 1947 until his retirement in 1970.
After his career with the railroad he worked at various jobs in Nampa and then moved to
Twin Falls in 1988. In Twin Falls he was the manager of the Laurel Park Apartments from
1988 until his death.
He loved the outdoors, especially fishing and camping. He truly loved his family and spent
all of his free time with his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Lois of Twin Falls; two daughters, Paula Purcell of Indiana
and Becky Wilkerson of Kentucky; two sons, Robert Earl McWaters of Boise and John McWaters
of Twin Falls; a stepdaughter, Patricia Curtis of Shelton, Wash.; a stepson, Jim Bass of
Longview, Wash.; a sister, Nel Pierce of Homedale; 15 grandchildren; and five
An informal no host fellowship dinner will be held Friday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at the Jade
Garden Restaurant in Nampa. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of White Mortuary
of Twin Falls.