We are saddened to share the passing of Louis Charles “Mac” McIntosh, ENCM (DV/PJ), U.S. NAVY, at 73 years old at sunset on Feb. 11, 2020.
Mac was born on Dec. 6, 1946 in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. He was born to Sarah Ogilvie and Louis McIntosh in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
He is survived by his loving wife Pam Burns McIntosh of Coronado; sons Louis (Melissa Fleming) McIntosh III, Patrick (Britt) McIntosh and daughter Sarah (Bruno) Santos; and his grandchildren Isla and Louis IV McIntosh, Jack McIntosh, Noah, Enzo and Mateo Santos; his siblings Laura Harrigan, Gertrude Tweedt, Faye Francois, James McIntosh and Winston McIntosh; and many beloved neices and nephews. He is predeceased by his siblings Vida > Sabino and Velma Forde.
Master Chief Mac was a husband, father, brother, master carpenter, artist, lover of culture, food, language and a Navy SEAL. He loved his family and tried to be the very best father he could be by teaching them the values of courage, compassion, respect, integrity and loyalty. He was always happy, funny and ready to cheer up any situation. Mac’s friends and family loved him as he always had their happiness and wellbeing in mind. He was affectionately known as “Butch” to his family.
Whenever hurricanes hit the Virgin Islands or other islands in the Caribbean, Mac would quickly fly down to repair the damaged houses of family and friends.
Mac was an excellent sailor and boat builder. He designed and built a 40-foot sailboat made out of fiberglass called “Sarah Vida.” His plan was to take family and boat south through the Panama Canal and on down to St Thomas.
Mac was a master woodworker who specialized in making fine cigar boxes and furniture. His woodwork art has won awards and his furniture has been displayed in fine art galleries.
Mac proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy’s Underwater Demolition and SEAL Teams. On Dec. 7, 1965, after Boot Camp in San Diego and a short duty on the carrier USS KITTY HAWK, he volunteered for UDT training and graduated with UDTRA Class 42, Coronado. Mac served with UDT ELEVEN, SEAL Team ONE, IUWG ONE, UDT TWELVE, SDV Team ONE, NAVSPECWARUNIT 1 and SEAL Team FIVE.
Mac excelled as a Frogman and SEAL. He was one of the most respected and experienced operators. He loved operating in the Teams and he loved his Teammates. He consistently improved the working conditions of their operations by telling funny jokes or stories to lighten up tough situations.
He designed a waterproof container to hold radio equipment that was later recognized and approved by the Navy for use in diving operations. He received a cash award for his innovative design.
Master Chief McIntosh retired from the U.S. Navy on Feb. 28, 1995 after 26 years of service.
Mac looked after his Teammates, both in and out of the service, especially if they had medical issues or are disabled. He made it a point to see that they were comfortable in their homes by building wheelchair ramps, widening doorways and accessible furniture.
Mac was a loving husband and father. He is a SEAL legend and a Teammate. He will be missed. Rest In Peace, Frogman. Long live your memories.
A celebration of life service will take place at 3 p.m. with a reception to follow from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 26in the Nautilus Room at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. If you are attending, please RSVP to: Sarah McIntosh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-948-7760. Island dress and Casual attire, please.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Louis Charles “Mac” McIntosh may be made to the UDT-SEAL Association at https://udtseal.org/donate; mailed to 1619 D Street (bldg. 5326), Virginia Beach, VA; or by phone 757-363-7490.