John Douglas MacKrell

john mackrell

March 9, 1955 ~ December 7, 2021

Born in: New York City, New York
Resided in: Mansfield, Texas

John Douglas MacKrell, 66, passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at his home in Mansfield, TX.

Celebration of Life will be held at Wade Funeral Home on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

John was born on March 9, 1955 in New York City, NY to Franklin Goyn MacKrell and Marion Webster Shirley MacKrell.

After high school John began work as a journeyman electrician and independent contractor. In 1997 he moved to Arlington, Texas. In 2000 he transitioned to a position as lead electrician at General Motors, where, in 2021, he retired after 21 years of service.

John loved spending time with his family and friends, especially the time he had with his three granddaughters. He was an avid New York Giants and New York Yankees fan, often traveling back to NYC to attend games. Traveling was his passion and in recent years he travelled to Singapore, Vietnam and Norway. He most enjoyed a good cigar, fine wine, and playing cards with relatives.

John was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, TX, but had recently been attending Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Grand Prairie.

Survivors include his partner of seven years, Julie Bothun; sons, Douglas MacKrell and wife Lucy Goldstein, Matthew MacKrell and wife Natalee; granddaughters Olivia, Lydia and Maggie; and a fourth grandchild expected in the spring from Douglas and Lucy. Sister, Cate Potter and husband Bill; nieces Jamie and Nora. Bonus family with partner Julie; Laura and David Cowan and their children Kaylee, Kennedy and Kason; Craig and Abby Ferguson and daughter Freya; Andrew Bothun.

Broadcast Date:

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Memorial Service: April 16, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


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  1. “Oh, here’s to other meetings,
    And merry greetings then;
    And here’s to those we’ve drunk with.
    But never can again.”

    To a life well lived!

  2. I never had the privilege of meeting John but my dear friend Julie introduced me to him by all her comments and I could feel the love they shared. I am so sorry for your loss.
    In sympathy,
    Helen Wiechmann

  3. John was a gentle soul with a gleam of happiness always in his eyes. He loved you, Julie. I never will forget how happy you two were together. What a blessing it was for you two to have such a close & wonderful relationship. Enjoyed visiting with him when he came to Rebecca’s for the summer get togethers & such. May God hold you and his family close & give you peace.

  4. He was the best! He found joy in everything! I feel like we have known him for forever . We have memories to last a life time . Our family misses him already .

  5. I only heard great things about John. I know he made Julie very happy. Our prayers are with all if you. May our God comfort your hearts and may good memories fill your heart with love.

  6. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow for you, Julie, and all of John’s family and your sweet family. Much love is sent your way. Praying for comfort. —Sharon & Kevin Dickson

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