Forrest “David” McMaken, Jr., age 79, of Waynesburg, passed away Saturday, July 24, 2021 in the Golden Age Retreat in Carrollton. He was born Sept. 1, 1941 in Covington, Ohio the eldest child of Forrest and Melba (Pence) McMaken, Sr.
Early in his life, he began training in music which would become his lifelong passion and occupation. From high school years he played clarinet in several of the area community bands and most recently participated in bands in Dover and Canton. With clarinet as his major performance instrument, he earned a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from the Cincinnati College Conservancy of Music.
As a music educator, his career spanned 30 years, 29 of those as Instrumental Director of the Caldwell Exempted Village Schools music program. During those years, both the Caldwell Marching and Concert Bands faithfully educated and entertained the Caldwell students and community and also earned recognition of excellence from Ohio and beyond for their participation in the Ohio Music Education Association events. In 1999, he was honored by his pears with election into the Ohio Band Directors Hall of Fame at Akron University. After retirement from teaching, he returned to his childhood love of the farm together with his wife and crafted the organic beef farm, Rose Ridge Farm. He served and cared for the many animals in this setting and those animals all returned affection.
He is survived by his wife, Deanna (Robertson) McMaken whom he married in 1983; four brothers, Gordon (Kay) McMaken of Tampa, FL, Dennis (Tammy) McMaken of China, MI, Carl (Denise) McMaken of Gastonia, NC and Luther (Nanci) McMaken of Piqua, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held in Bethlehem Cemetery in Malvern on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 with Rev. Michael Wallace officiating. Those wishing to send condolences may sign the online register book at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com.