Dave and Mary Pat McLean celebrated their 50th wedding annivesary among many family and friends on Saturday, July 5, at St. Pete’s Church in Anaconda – the same place they first recited their vows on June 1,1963.
After the wedding, they immediately moved to the Washington, D.C. area where my dad went to school. He had just left the Naval Academy and finished his schooling at the University of Maryland. Dave then went on to law school at American University in D.C. While in school, Dave worked at the U.S. Capital and Mary Pat mom taught school as elementary teacher. While in D.C., the couple had two daughters; Meg born July 27, 1964, and Molly born Nov. 9, 1966.
Following law school, the McLeans returned home to Montana where my dad served as a law clerk to federal judge Russell Smith in Missoula. The family moved to Anaconda in 1969 when Dave began his career as a trial attorney with Knight, Dahood and Mackay law firm. It was during this time that Dave and Mary Pat welcomed their third (and arguably brightest child according to him) Michael into the world on March 9, 1970.
Mary Pat and Dave welcomed their fourth and final child, Martin Daniel,born on Feb. 3, 1974. The McLean children were raised and educated in Anaconda. Meg, Molly and Marty eventually migrated to the Seattle area in their adult lives.
Meg works as a scientist as a saltwater toxicologist, Molly is a kindergarten teacher and Marty is an attorney in a downtown Seattle law firm.
In 1997 Mike went to work with Dave at the law firm of Knight, DaHood, McLean and Everett in Anaconda and in 2003 Mike and Dave established the law firm of McLean and McLean, PLLP where they currently practice together.