Malcolm G. Coone


Malcolm G. Coone, 90, of Waco, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Providence Hospice Place. The children will hold a private memorial service for their father.

Malcolm was born October 5, 1923 in Barclay, Texas, and attended elementary and middle school in Waco. After his father abandoned the family, Malcolm moved to Rosebud where he lived with his Aunt Lucille and her family. After graduating from Rosebud High School, he served his country in the eighth air force during World War II, as a Nose Gunner and Bombardier in a B-17. After carrying her picture throughout the war, he married the love of his life, Fredda Patrick, on August 26, 1947. They moved to Austin, where Malcolm graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. This led to his career in the oil business where he designed drilling tools for which he obtained numerous patents. His work carried him all over the world, doing consulting work in the North Sea, Africa, South America, The Hague, England, France, Soviet Union, Israel, and Canada, as well working on the Alaskan pipeline. After retirement, Malcolm and Fredda moved to Waco to be near their son and two daughters.

It has been said that Malcolm lived his life as a gentleman plays golf: Never angry, always fair, and with a sense of honesty and decency that never wavered regardless of whether anyone was watching.

Malcolm was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Fredda Patrick Coone.

He is survived by his son, Gary Coone; daughters, Connie Clark and husband Rusty, Martha LaGrone and husband Ben; grandchildren, Jeremy Clark and wife Kristi, Amanda and Cameron LaGrone; and three great-grandchildren, Caden, Callie, and Cessa Clark.

The family would like to thank Drs. Gary Barbin and Wayne Falcone for their excellent care of “Peep”.

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  1. We offer our sincere condolences from Davis-Lynch, where Malcolm worked for the last number of years before he retired. He was well liked and is missed every day by those of us who remember him.

    As I informed everyone here of his passing, everyone commented “Malcolm never had an unkind word to say about anyone”. That to me says everything as to the man he was. His kindness will be missed.

    We’re so sorry for your loss.

    Jeff Ehlinger

  2. What a great man cousin Fredda married. We so loved and respected Malcolm Coone.
    I remember how he could balance a standing Connie on one hand. There are precious
    few WWII nose gunners left on this earth. I know Mal and Fredda are having a terrific reunion.

    Cousin Ruthie,
    Flower girl, 1946 wedding of Mal and Fredda

  3. Will be Greatly Missed.. Drs Barbin and Falcone has taken care of A lot of our family.. Thoughts and Prayers….Ryan and Cne’ Coone….

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