Roger McDonald was raised in Miami Beach. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Finance and minor in History. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a captain in the Military Police. Later he graduated from the University of Florida School of Law. He practiced law in Orlando for twenty-three years and was elected a circuit judge. He served three terms and retired. He now works as needed as a senior judge in court. He is married to club member Sue McDonald.