It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of John “Mack” Hamilton of Buda, TX. He died peacefully at the age of 68, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Mack was born in Dallas, TX on February 17, 1953 to John Max and Jeanne Angele Hamilton. He was baptized in the Presbyterian church and graduated from Bryan Adams High School in Dallas and attended East Texas State University in Commerce. As a young child, he loved spending summers with his grandparents on their farm in Mt. Pleasant. Growing up, Mack spent almost every weekend enjoying time outdoors and fishing with his sister, Kathleen, at the family’s East Texas resort, Tejas Village on Lake O’ the Pines.
Mack met the love of his life, Linda McQuain Hamilton, while performing in a community theater in Longview, TX. Mack and Linda enjoyed reminiscing about how they met, telling stories about how Mack played the character of Dr. Watson in a Sherlock Holmes play. They married in 1994 and enjoyed 24 years of happy times together living in Longview, Houston and Buda.
Mack loved fishing, golfing, and shared a special love of duck hunting with his son, Clint, who will hold many fond memories of their duck hunting trips together over the years. Mack also loved animals, especially his hunting dogs. He was an avid reader of westerns, history, and science fiction books.
Mack was a friend to everyone and was always up for an adventure. He loved long drives on the back roads of Texas with no particular destination in mind. He would listen to old-time radio shows from the golden age of radio, and would stop at small town restaurants to enjoy a meal and visit with the locals.
In the summer of 2019, he completed a bucket list goal of scuba diving in the Florida Keys.
Mack was also a foodie. He never passed up the opportunity to enjoy barbecue, Whataburger, Dr. Pepper, or a piece of lemon icebox, chocolate, or key lime pie!
In his early career, Mack worked in the hospitality industry. He then worked for over 20 years in a Management role at United Healthcare. Mack excelled in his career and was loved by all who worked with him. He will be remembered as a mentor to many and someone eager to share his knowledge in order to help others advance their careers. His coworkers at United Healthcare were like family to him.
Mack was extremely proud of his family. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and bragging about them. Mack is survived by his son, Clint Ashton Hamilton (Laura), step-son James McCoy (Abbey), and step-daughter Eden McCoy; grandchildren Emma and Hannah Hamilton, and Grayson McCoy; mother Jeanne Hamilton; sisters Kathleen Hardy (Bill) and Beckie Ruddy (Cody); and many loving cousins, nephews, nieces, and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his father, John Max Hamilton; his wife, Linda McQuain Hamilton; and Joe and JoAnn Stearns and Debbie Heck.
The family would like to extend their deep gratitude to the many doctors, nurses, friends, and family who cared for Mack in his final days. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Special Olympics Texas in Mack’s memory: https://www.sotx.org/ways-to-give Family and friends are invited to a memorial celebration of Mack’s life on Thursday, November 4, 2021, from 1:00-4:00pm (reception to follow) at:
The Alexander at Creek Road
6730 Creek Road
Dripping Springs, TX 78620