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Martin Douglas Hilton
 Born in Grants Pass, Oregon on October 20, 1941.
He died in Portland on May 30, 2009.

 

 

Doug Hilton grew up in West Stayton, where he helped his parents, Clyde and Alice Hilton, run the family farm.  He graduated from Cascade High School in 1959 and attended Linfield College in McMinnville.  He lived in Albany, Sweet Home, Corvallis and Portland.  During that time, Doug and his former wife Marie Anderson (nee Stanton) had two children, Mike and Kay.  In 1980, Doug moved to Phoenix, AZ, where he met his wife Jane to whom he was married for 21 years.  Doug, Jane, her two sons (Jeff and Ryan) and Jane’s mother moved to Portland in 1988.  Doug's 40-year professional career included positions in banking, insurance, other areas of financial management, and various entrepreneurial endeavors.  

Doug's life was enriched through his passion for mechanical building and restoration projects.  From the depths of his various home garages in Portland and Phoenix, Doug built airplanes (Thorpe T-18, BD-7, and E-Racer) and restored both cars and boats (1961 Chevy Corvair Spyder, a 1964 Thompson Lapstrake wooden boat, and a 1941 Chris Craft Runabout).  With help from his sons or friends from the neighborhood, Doug would happily work and chat - with beer in hand - on his projects.  He was a wonderful friend and neighbor, always ready to just sit and talk when anyone needed an ear. 

Doug was a devoted family man - a loving and committed father so proud of all his children:  his daughter Kay, music coordinator, and son-in-law Jeremy, stage manager of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and his son Mike, a former Air Force lieutenant colonel and fighter pilot who, with his partner Cheryl, currently consults for the Department of Defense.  As a doting stepfather to Jeff and Ryan, Doug saw Jeff through college at the University of Oregon, even though he was forever a Beaver fan.  He loved and enjoyed the company of Jeff and his partner Alicia very much.  He faithfully transported Ryan back and forth to work for years, and encouraged him in all his endeavors.  Most of all, Doug loved his Janie a whole lot.  Doug knew well the art of marriage and family. 

Doug is survived by his parents, his wife, his three sons and his daughter, brother Dan and his wife Bert of Sisters, grandchildren Selena Hilton-Aragon of Harrisonburg VA and Camille Hilton-Aragon of Christiansburg VA, his beloved companion and canine squirrel sentry, Henry, and too-numerous to count friends in Phoenix, Portland and many other places.  We will miss our Dougman very much! 

Special thanks to Rose Marie Tyson, nurse practitioner, and the staff of the Signature Hospice House for their good and faithful care.

And always remember, dear Doug, "Measure twice, cut once".

 

 

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

                                                                                                              ---George S. Patton, Jr.

Memorial service, Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Foothills Church in Stayton. Contributions may be made to Oregon Humane Society.
Serving the family North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

 


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