LARAMIE – Laramie Region Fisheries Biologist Lee McDonald retired from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department on Aug. 4 after 41 years of dedicated service.
McDonald graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in fisheries biology. He began his Game and Fish career as a fisheries biologist aide in Casper. His first permanent position with the department was as a fish culturist at the Clarks Fork Hatchery. He was promoted to assistant superintendent at the Story Hatchery in 1986 and to superintendent at Clarks Fork in 1992. In 1997 he transferred to superintendent of the Como Bluff Hatchery. When the Como Bluff facility closed in June 2006, he transferred to his current position as a regional fisheries biologist in Laramie.
Throughout his career McDonald has been known for his perpetually positive can-do attitude and his enthusiasm for working with and communicating with the public. He served as a member of the Hunting & Fishing Heritage Expo planning committee for many years and worked at the Expo in Casper every year.
McDonald is a member of the American Fisheries Society and a long-time member of the Lion’s Club. As a club member he has done a great deal of community service and has served in leadership roles, including District Governor of Lions of Wyoming. The Laramie Plains Lions Club awarded McDonald their Melvin Jones Fellow for Dedicated Humanitarian Services in 2007 and the club’s President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2007. McDonald was also honored with the Game and Fish Department’s Peer Recognition Award for the Laramie Region in 2009.
McDonald and wife, Susan, plan to split their time between Laramie and their new home in Florida where they’ll pursue their passion for ocean cruises.