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John MacGuire

In Memory of John MacGuire. Devoted pilot and aviation museum founder John T. MacGuire died Monday August 13th. 2001 in the Alpine hospital.

MacGuire, who moved from El Paso to a ranch in Marfa nine years ago, died of a heart attack, his family said. He was 80.

Betty MacGuire, his wife of 58 years, said his interest in farming and ranching led him to buy properties in Fabens, Tucson and even Chihuahua, Mexico, which in turn prompted his lifelong passion for airplanes.

"He took up flying his own plane, an Aeronca K, in 1945, to get to these properties," she said. "He was still flying just last week."

In 1989, MacGuire started the War Eagle Air Museum in Santa Teresa to display planes from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam era that he bought and fixed up.

Born in New York state, MacGuire attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his El Paso-born wife. After working as a mechanical engineer in Los Angeles and Milwaukee, he moved to El Paso in 1947.

John and Betty MacGuire with the TF-51 Mustang. This picture was taken at the World Class Amigo Air Show in El Paso Texas.

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