In short, from start to finish, Doug was a great guy! Here’s the backstory…
Douglas Lee Hutton, 73, of Brookings, Oregon, passed unexpectedly on September 1st, 2023.
Doug was born to Chester Lee “Chet” and Joyce Lucinda Hutton on April 2nd, 1950, in Eugene, Oregon. He was the eldest of his siblings Jeff, Don, Chris, and Cindy and was often called the “rock” of the family through the years as the beloved older brother.
In 1958, the family moved to Redwood Creek Ranch in California. Some of Doug and his siblings’ most treasured childhood memories were on this ranch with days filled with swimming, hunting, fishing, and roaming these 1,480 acres.
Eventually, the family settled in Blue Lake, California. Doug attended Blue Lake Elementary School and was a 1968 graduate of Arcata High School-enlisting in the Coast Guard that same year.
Throughout school, Doug enjoyed playing various sports such as basketball and baseball alongside his brothers on teams coached by his father Chet. He continued into his adult years playing on softball teams and was a great catcher. Later, Doug coached high school girls’ teams. Doug enjoyed golfing with friends and even made a ‘hole in one’ shot that made the newspaper on the 9th hole of the Lake Redding Golf course in June 1991. He also enjoyed horse races and quadding and snow skiing with his wife Linda.
Doug’s early intrigue in cars developed into being a successful and sought-after car salesman. He had a knack for finding just the right rig for all kinds of lifestyles. His customers knew that he also cared about them as people, and many of them became friends. He never missed a day of work and was highly valued at “CDJR” (Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram) in Brookings, OR, where he was a long-time resident.
Doug enjoyed gardening and barbecuing great meals at home, was a solid Ducks fan, and loved his dogs. He never forgot a birthday and was always available to help people-giving good, solid advice about all kinds of things. He was appreciated for his sense of humor and authentic, down-to-earth ways. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Doug is survived by his wife Linda, daughter Heather, siblings Don (Vicki), Jeff (Carol), and Cindy (Matt) Hally, sister-in-law Joy (Chris) and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father Chet, his mother Joyce, his brother Chris, and stepfather James “Jim” Aitken.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven...”
A celebration of life is planned for some time in the Spring of 2024.