May 25, 1912 June 29, 2012
Alexander "Sandy" Finlayson McKay passed away at the Haven House in Fossil, OR, on Friday, June 29, 2012. He was 100 years old.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at 11 a.m., at St. Patricks
Catholic Church in Madras, OR. Reception to follow.
Sandy was born in Antelope, Oregon, to Murdoch and Catherine (Finlayson) McKay. He lived most of his life in Antelope with his parents and older sister, Cathy. His
last four years were spent at the Haven House in Fossil, Oregon.
Sandy left school after finishing the 8th grade to help raise money for his mothers medical bills. He started work on the Big Muddy Ranch where he spent 5 years working on the ranch, riding for cattle and herding sheep to the mountains for summer pasture. Sandy would ride horseback into town to visit his mother whenever possible, until her death.
On December 12, 1933, he married Frances Hastings, an Antelope native. Together they had seven children, Peggy Lively, Sandra Foster, Herb McKay, Tom McKay, Mick McKay, Diane Giovanini and Shirley Roats.
In 1947, Sandy and Frances purchased 3000 acres that bordered his fathers original homestead. After combining the two pieces of land, he raised grain and hay crops while continuing to manage his cattle operation.
In 1960, decorative stone was discovered on his ranch. He sold and delivered the stone throughout the northwest. Sandy continued working and helping on the ranch until his mid 90s. The ranch is now operated by his eldest son, Herb.
Sandy was well known for his lifetime passion for the sport of rodeo. Most especially, he enjoyed the bronc riding event. Throughout his years, he could be found gathering wild horses and helping at many of the area rodeos.
Sandy served as the 2011 Wheeler County Fair Grand Marshall. He celebrated his 100th birthday on May 25, 2012, with over 350 people in attendance.
Sandy enjoyed life and was best known for his immense love for family, story-telling and long friendships.
Sandy was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, in 1999. He is survived by his seven children, 22 living (two deceased) grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Haven House in Fossil, Oregon. To leave an online condolence for the family, please email .