Former BHS educator passes away

Former BHS educator passes away
Posted on 11/29/2021
Jim McDonald

A former Bellefontaine educator and coach passed away over the holiday weekend.

Jim McDonald, 78, of Bellefontaine, died at Hospice of Dayton on Friday.

Jim was a teacher at Bellefontaine High School for several years. He retired in 2001.

“Coach Mac” was a cornerstone of Chieftain wrestling for nearly 30 years. He was also inducted into the Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Hall of Fame.

Jim is survived by his wife, Sandra, along with 6 children and 14 grandchildren.

Here’s what a current BHS teacher said about McDonald.

“No explanation is needed for those of us that were lucky enough to know Jim McDonald. He was a man who defies description.

“If you didn’t have the opportunity to know him, he has left a legacy among Chieftain Nation that can’t be denied. He was incredibly important to the wrestling program. He was a dedicated teacher and an important part of the community.

“He was a father, grandfather, husband, family member to many others on our staff, and a mentor to the rest of us.”

Arrangements are being handled by Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Bellefontaine.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 30th from 4 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, December 1st from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

The funeral service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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Photo: Jim McDonald
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