Douglass James Perston
March 23, 1957 - December 1, 2016
On the afternoon of Thursday, December 1, 2016 Douglass James Perston, 59, conceded to cancer, passing away peacefully at his home in Wimer, Rogue River, Ore.
Doug was born and raised in San Jose, Calif. He was a competitive swimmer from early childhood through graduation at Del Mar High School in 1975. He attended and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1980 with a bachelor degree in bioengineering. For over 20 years he worked as a field service engineer in medical imaging, primarily with GE Medical Systems. He loved to tell the tale of his very first service call where he met an x-ray tech who had to tell him he was working on the wrong vendor’s equipment. Doug was smitten with the girl, Wendy, who became his life-long love. They were married in 1987 and lived in Redwood City, Calif.
In 2002 Doug realized a lifelong dream of being a farmer when he and Wendy moved their family to rural southern Oregon. He spent the next 14 years honing his skills raising cattle, pigs, sheep, and chickens, alongside his beloved dogs. He worked an extensive garden, growing vegetables, fruit trees, hay, and his famous corn. His engineering degree did not go unused during these years. He had pads of paper everywhere with elaborate calculations for fences, chicken coops, barns, and farm equipment repairs. He learned from everyone in the community and never met a stranger. This lifestyle also afforded him the opportunity to be home with his sons and he loved being involved in their schools and sports.
Doug leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Wendy; his sons and their fanilies, Michael and Gina Krigbaum, Timmy and Beckie, Steven, and Danny Perston. He was “Grandpa Buck” to his two granddaughters, Olivia and Juliette Krigbaum, whom he truly enjoyed. He is also survived by his father and stepmother, Charles Perston and Carol Souza; and his sisters, Kathy Boylan and Denise Perston. His mother, Barbara, predeceased him in 1989.
Doug made choices enabling him to enjoy his last months. He went to the Cal-OSU football game with his kids (Beavs & Bears! A win-win!), had parties with family and old friends, hiked Table Rock, went rafting and fishing, and celebrated a very warm and meaningful Thanksgiving. His family is very grateful to his doctor, Brian Mateja, for his unfaltering support during this journey. They also extend sincere thanks to Patricia Shannon, RN, and Lovejoy Hospice for the love and care extended to both Doug and Wendy.
Plans are pending for a celebration of life in the spring when things are green, growing, and alive. Until that time, please honor Doug by hugging your loved ones, laughing often, and causing some mischief.