Terence (Terry) G. McMahon


Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Terence (Terry) G. McMahon died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at his home in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, from cancer. He was 72.

Mr. McMahon was born April 5, 1930, to Ormond and Jessie (Tyler) McMahon in Spokane, Wash. He was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1948 and Washington State University in 1952 and was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. While he was in the service, he spent one year at an Air Force early warning radar site in western Alaska as a radar operator.

Mr. McMahon married Shirley Maurer in 1951. They moved to Coeur d'Alene in 1955, when he became the district salesperson for Phillips Petroleum. He later changed careers and entered the real estate business.

In 1966, Mr. McMahon started his own company, Northwest Real Estate. He helped start the Coeur d'Alene Multiple Listing Service and held offices in various real estate organizations, including president of the Idaho Association of Realtors in 1976. In 1987, he was forced to retire due to health reasons. He married Gail Guerrero that same year. They divorced in 1997.

"Throughout his life, he enjoyed the outdoors, whether fishing, boating on area lakes and Hood Canal on Puget Sound, wood cutting with friends and family, RV travel, walking his dog or working on one of his many projects. He was an avid reader and during his working career he had the ability to recall facts and figures that could often frustrate and amaze those around him. He was never bashful about sharing his opinions on matters; you always knew where he stood on things," his family said.

He is survived by his children, Keri Peterson of Post Falls, Idaho, Sherry Biggs and husband, Gary, of Soldotna, Ken McMahon of Hayden, Idaho, and Shawn McMahon and wife, Lani, of Hayden; grandchildren, Erin and Alisa Gillaspy and Justin Peterson of Post Falls, Eric and Whitney Biggs of Anchorage, and Zoe McMahon of Hayden; former wives, Shirley and Gail; brothers, Robert McMahon of Corvallis, Ore., and Barry McMahon of California; and nieces and nephews.

At his request, no services were held. Memorials may be made to hospice of North Idaho, 9493 Government Way, Hayden, ID 83835; Americans to Conquer Cancer and Alzheimer's, P.O. Box 5065, Hagerstown, MD 21741; or a charity of choice.

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