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Funeral services for Judge C.M. MacDougall will be conducted at 1 p.m. today at Eternal Valley Memorial Park. The 75-year-old civic leader died of cancer Monday.
"Judge Mac," as he was known in the Santa Clarita Valley, served in the local courts for 20 years before he retired in 1971.
Originally a surveyor and a restaurant owner, Judge MacDougall was appointed justice of the peace for the old Soledad Township in 1951. The next year, when the Soledad Judicial District was created, he became the new justice court judge.
Judge MacDougall anticipated the formation of a municipal court for the area and began preparing himself for the judgeship by attending law school at night. He was in his 60 when he passed the State Bar and went into private practice.
When the justice court became the Newhall Municipal Court in 1966, Judge MacDougall became its first judge.
In 1974 Judge MacDougall received the "Man of the Year" award from the Newhall-Saugus-Valencia Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his community [service]. His activities included membership in the Newhall-Saugus Kiwanis, the American Legion, the Newhall-Saugus-Valencia Chamber of Commerce, and the board of directors of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.
He also worked with the Santa Clarita Community College District, Boys Club, and founded the William S. Hart High School Scholarship Fund.
He leaves his widow, Olive, of Newhall; one daughter, Jereann Bowman, of Saugus; a granddaughter Karen Bergen, of Oregon; and a great-granddaughter, Skye Arine Bergen, also of Oregon.
Memorial donations may be made to the William S. Hart High School Scholarship Fund or Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.