Commanding Officer of Seal Team One - Walter "Mac" Scott McLean, 71, of Olathe, Kansas passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021. He was born on September 11, 1949 in Erie, Pennsylvania to Walter and Mary (Windhurst) McLean who preceded him in death.
Mac grew up in Youngstown and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When he was just 16, he decided to join the Army and worked his way up to an E4 Corporal. Mac would go forward with four victorious tours in Vietnam. He then joined the Navy and became a Commanding Officer. Walter gave 17 years to the Military. He has numerous awards and medals to show his determination to keep us, America, safe. After leaving the Navy he went to California to live, where in 1972, Mac received his CDL. He drove for 46 years and has a 4 million miles accident free record. Mac with his wife, Kathy, were owner/operators of K&M Trucking Company for over 15 years before he retired. Mac met Kathy and her daughter, Dion Wilson, in 1977 and was married November 8, 1978. On December 19, 1980, they gave birth to their son, Nathan Scott McLean, and helped raise his niece, Melissa Vote. Mac loved to travel, scuba diving, boating, riding his motorcycle, working on cars, camping, his son-in-law, Dino's barbecue, telling war stories, his adventures of traveling the world, and was an avid gun collector. Mac liked to mentor all the young kids that were around him with strong words of encouragement and long lectures from his own life lessons. He was the patriarch of our family, our teacher, and provider. Mac touched so many lives with his presence and words that will be carried on to his later generations to come. He was Mac, Dad, PaPa, Grandpa Mac, Uncle Mac or just Grandpa to many that knew him. He was a true American Hero.
He also leaves behind his loving wife, Kathy McLean, of Olathe, Ks and his sister, Rosemarie Joy McLean, of Pennsylvania. Mac also leaves behind a daughter, Victoria, and another son, Walter Scott McLean Jr. Mac has six granddaughters, Amara, Jazmin, Gabby, Averi, America, Ellie, and two grandsons, Jadon and Benjamin, with three great-grandchildren, Braxton Scott, Roman, and Kailyana, along with a host of 8 nieces and 16 nephews whom he loved very much.
The family will receive guests for a visitation from 2:00-3:00pm on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Penwell Gabel's Olathe Chapel followed by the funeral service at 3:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Walter "Mac" McLean’s memory be made to Stop Soldier Suicide
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