Donald McCartin died Sept. 15, 2012, at the age of 87.
Mr. McCartin was a resident of Bass Lake for 19 years.
He was born April 21, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minn. to Ruth and Aaron McCartin.
Mr. McCartin graduated from Macalester College in Minnesota. He also attended Dubuque College in Iowa for its Reserve Officers' Training Corps program; Northwestern University in Chicago for midshipman training; and law school at the University of Minnesota. He passed the bar exam in Minnesota and California.
Mr. McCartin served during WWII as a U.S. Navy Ensign aboard the USS Tennessee, and during the Korean War as a Navy lieutenant on the USS St. Paul.
He practiced family law in Costa Mesa and was appointed to the Orange County Superior Court in 1978 by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Mr. McCartin retired in 1993 and moved to Bass Lake, where he filled in when needed as a judge in the Mountain Area.
He enjoyed playing tennis and bridge, bicycling, and helping people and dogs. He achieved the rank of Silver Life Master as a bridge player.
Mr. McCartin is survived by wife of 39 years, Karen; first wife, Ruth McCartin; sons Mike, Mark, Casey and Duff; stepdaughters Tracy Colla and Cheri Carpenter; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Eastern Madera SPCA c/o No Kill Shelter, P.O. Box 1314 Oakhurst, CA 93644, or to Hinds Hospice in Fresno.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic Church in Oakhurst. A celebration of his life will follow at the Lakeview Room at the Pines Resort in Bass Lake.