Alan W. McDonald was born in Heber City, Utah on October 2, 1955. His mother and father, Mary Jane and Wayne, came from very humble origins and never graduated from college. However, they created and nurtured a very successful business together. Alan worked as an apprentice cabinet-maker under his father’s careful direction. With many years of dedication and hard work he developed the skills necessary to begin his career as a master Cabinet-maker. After graduating from Wasatch High School, Alan faithfully served a two-year LDS mission to Scotland. He attended college at Weber State University and Brigham Young University, where he studied business and architecture.
During his schooling at BYU, his father presented Alan with the opportunity to buy McDonald Cabinet Company, the family business. Alan took this offer and McDonald Cabinet is now successfully entering into its 67th year of business. In 1996 Alan opened another private business by starting his own Insurance Agency. These experiences have given Alan a great understanding of how to successfully run and manage a business in the private sector.
Alan met his lovely wife Carolyn at BYU when they were both attending school there. They were married in August of 1979 and have remained happily married for 32 years. Alan and Carolyn were blessed with 3 daughters and one son, who are the center of their lives. Like all families, they have gone through the rewards and the challenges that life offers.
Alan is an entrepreneur and has been working for over 34 years of his life in the private sector, giving him first hand knowledge of how business works, as well as an understanding of how important the private sector is to the growth of the city. He also understands what government should not be, and actively promotes the return of government to its proper constitutional levels and limits.
During his time on the city council, Councilman McDonald was a strong advocate for sound monetary policies and was outspoken against issues that have brought liabilities against the city. He seeks to protect the best interest of the community and citizens of Heber City. During his first term as mayor, Alan worked with the city council and city employees to strengthen the city’s institutions and earn the trust of Heber’s residents.
Alan is a true conservative, as confirmed not only by his words, but his political record on the city council, and as mayor. He recognizes that tax dollars should be spent carefully and rarely. He is an advocate for freedom in our nation as a whole as well as in individual communities. The integrity he demonstrates in all aspects of his life, both personal and private, clearly shows that he will not compromise his morals and principles. Alan has demonstrated strong leadership abilities and work ethic, and is ready to build on our city’s great heritage.