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Douglas Frank Coghill

Douglas F. Coghill passed away December 14, 2015. He was born on a farm outside of Medford, Ore. June 13, 1929. His family moved to the City of Medford when he was in the ninth grade. He was very athletic and played several sports at Medford High School. His coach, Bill Bowerman, one of the founders of Nike, insisted that the football players also try out for track and field.

Doug earned an athletic scholarship to play football at the University of Oregon. He joined the Theta Chi fraternity. In September of 1949 he was in Eugene, preparing for the football season, when he spotted his future wife, Beverly. He said to a friend “Look at that beautiful redhead. I’m going to marry her.” They were married the following year and celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2015. They were still very much in love.

Doug joined the United States Navy after he graduated from the University of Oregon. He was stationed on Whidbey Island, in Oak Harbor, Wash. and was a control tower operator. Their daughters, DeAnn (Schnepple) and Teresa (Gooley) were born on the Naval base. After his discharge from the Navy, he joined Esco Corporation as a stainless steel salesman. He was very successful and was transferred to southern California where he continued his career in management and sales. Their son, David, was born in Anaheim.

In 1971 Doug was transferred back to Portland and the family settled in a house on Lake Oswego. There were many summers filled with boating, water skiing, and barbeques on the Lake.  Doug started his own company, Coghill Metal Sales, several years ago and was still working at the time of his death.

In his later years Doug enjoyed golfing with his friends at the Lake Oswego Muni. They had a rule that no one could talk about grandkids or ailments for more than three minutes. He also taught writing and submitted several articles for the Lake Oswego Review. He enjoyed coffee with his friends on weekday mornings for the last several years. He particularly relished watching his grandchildren participate in sporting events, dance performances, and plays over the years.

Doug is survived by his beloved wife, Beverly; his daughter, Teresa; his son, David; his grandchildren, Meghan, Jason, Doug, Jonathan, Sarah, Michelle and James; and three great-grandchildren. He was very proud of his family. His daughter, DeAnn, preceded him in death three years ago.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 22, 2015 at the United Methodist Church, 1855 South Shore Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR. A reception will follow.

Douglas Frank Coghill