FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) — UPDATE: Thursday, January 3rd.
By order of the Mayor and City Manager, the City of Fresno flag at City Hall will be lowered to half-staff until Monday in honor of David McDonald.
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Emergency services were called to the home of David McDonald Wednesday morning for a medical emergency.
They found McDonald unresponsive at his home, named "Eaglecrest" in Prather.
According to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office, all indications are McDonald died of natural causes.
McDonald bought Pelco in 1987 and moved it to its current location in Clovis.
The company grew into a billion dollar business and was sold to a French Company, Schnieder Electric in 2007.
McDonald used his money from many philanthropy projects in the Fresno and Clovis area, including $400,000 to support Measure P in November's election.
He also recently paid to have walkways repaved at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, which totaled $232,000.
McDonald was also instrumental in the creation of the California Memorial Museum at Pelco, which continues to serve as the local site for the 9/11 annual remembrance ceremony.
He also helped build the Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center in Clovis, named after his beloved dog he adopted in 2005.
McDonald donated $2 million for the project and the City of Clovis graciously agreed to name the facility after Miss Winkles.
Mayor Lee Brand released the following statement on the passing of David McDonald:
I am shocked and saddened by the news of the passing of my friend, David McDonald. I had just spoken with Dave recently and was looking forward to working with him in the New Year to help bring our community together. It's a huge loss for the Central Valley.
Dave was an exceptional businessman and an even better person who was always willing to give back to his community, and his generosity made a big difference in our quality of life. He was a bold and visionary leader who will never be forgotten and great civic institutions like the Fresno Chaffee Zoo are better now because of him.