Douglas Ray McConnell passed away suddenly from heart-related problems on May 13, 2019, at the age of 73. He was born Sept. 5, 1945, in McMinnville, Oregon, to Lowell and Beatrice McConnell. He was a proud graduate of McMinnville High School and served in the Army National Guard for six years.
On August 28, 1971, he married the love of his life, Pattee Fox, of Willamina. In 1977, they had one daughter, Angela, his pride and joy. The three shared a special and close relationship.
Doug worked for Mt. Jefferson Plywood in Madras, U.S. Plywood in Willamina, and Warm Springs Forest Products Industries running the lathe initially and then as a millwright. He retired in 2007, after 42 faithful years. He was a hardworking, disciplined man who never took shortcuts and always got the job done right.
After retirement, Doug enjoyed not going to work, delivering Meals on Wheels, working around the house and yard, and going on various adventures; but, his favorite things were camping at the Metolius River with dear friends, the Oregon Coast, and fishing in Alaska. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, Green Bay Packer fan, model train enthusiast, loved old rock and roll (especially Neil Diamond), and enjoyed cooking and baking. He loved making a fruitcake every Christmas and sharing it with the few who would eat it.
Doug was always active in his community, generous with his time, and available to help others whenever needed. He was kind, patient, respectful, selfless, and steadfast. He was a big man with a big heart, big morals, and high integrity.
Doug and Pattee shared a beautiful marriage, which was admired by many, and full of love, respect for each other, laughter, compassion, and compromise. They always took care of each other and ended each day with a kiss goodnight. He loved listening to Pattee play the piano and would stop whatever he was doing to listen.
Although his absence leaves an aching hole in the hearts of many, may the pain be slightly less knowing he was doing something he loved to do: enjoying a beautiful day on a country drive with his dear wife.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Pattee; daughter, Angela; niece, Jan Snyder; cousins, Sheree Mauro and Colton Harper; and cat, Whiskers. He will also be sorely missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.
A memorial service is planned for May 31, 2019, at 2 p.m., at the Metolius Train Depot. A reception will follow at the Madras Senior Center. Packer attire welcome. A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Dundee Pioneer Cemetery.