Let’s get acquainted with Doug Wills – Doug joined our Center in December.
He was born in Oklahoma City, OK in November of 1941. He was raised in Dallas, TX. He liked it then, but later when he returned, it was so congested and grown to the point where you couldn’t tell one city from another. Not for him.
Doug has been married three times. He had two children with his first wife. His third wife, Nancy brought two boys (1 & 8) to their marriage. Together they had 2 girls and much later a “surprise” son. Nancy was 3 days from being wed to Doug for 52 years when she passed.
A finish carpenter was his trade. Worked in Michigan for a time. He never lacked work – as soon as he finished a barn, another farmer would hire him. He helped build the Medford Mall here in Oregon – working there for about 2 ½ years. Taking great pride in his work always brought work to him.
Doug was in the recon unit of the 101st Airborne. He just missed being shipped out to Viet Nam. Only two of his unit returned, and he wondered if he had gone, if more would have come back or maybe he wouldn’t have returned.
Doug belongs to the “Buckskiners”. The group dresses in buckskins and they do reenactment of pre 1840 fur trade era.
His biggest obstacle is – head on learning to live without his beloved wife.
Biggest accomplishment for Doug has been his work ethic. He’s always had more work than he could handle. I’m proud of what I’ve done.
Words of Wisdom from Doug – “Treat people like you want to be treated”
He looks forward to his kids being “OK” when he’s gone.