Shannon McDonald

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Mother, Commissioner, Community Advocate

City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris Remembers Late

Commissioner Shannon McDonald


On Saturday, August 3, the City of Lancaster lost a dedicated community advocate, Shannon McDonald. A long-time resident of the Antelope Valley, Shannon cared deeply about the success of our City – as she was a friendly, familiar face at many public meetings and events. Well before Shannon became a fixture at City Council meetings, she served our community as a member of numerous groups including the Antelope Valley Partners for Health Board of Directors and the Antelope Valley Homeless Coalition; by helping local high-risk and foster youth; and advocating against bullying.

In 2017 she joined the ranks of our Architectural & Design Commission to identify even more ways to enhance the Lancaster community. In addition to her role as a Commissioner, Shannon worked as a member of the Children, Youth and Family Collaborative as well as volunteered for the Lancaster School District.

Shannon’s children were the driving force behind all of the good she spread throughout our community; she was truly a fearless mother, neighbor, and friend. She was an unstoppable force with enormous talent and enduring passion. We will keep Shannon’s memory alive by employing her same enthusiasm as we continue to cultivate the community she loved. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her, and we ask for everyone to pray for her children and family in their time of grief.