Vernon Douglas “Doug” Houston, age 88, went to his eternal home on January 17, 2021, in his home near Christmas Valley. Remaining on this side of the veil are his loving wife of 55 years, Lee, daughters Terri Wall and Darcy Thompson, brother Wes Houston, numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Doug was the oldest son of Raymond and Virgie (Taylor) Houston. He was born in Bend, Oregon on March 20, 1932.
Doug's parents and sisters, Lou Wanna Combs, Virginia Morehouse(who was born on his birthday), and Nita Nelson proceeded him in death.
Doug was well known for his generosity of his time, resources plus more than the willingness to stop everything and help with any project. He was a true agriculturist. He loved the land. He was a mighty fine cowboy, farmer, rancher, mechanic, and general all-around good hand and neighbor.
Doug grew up in Paisley, Oregon attending school there. He played basketball as all young men in those days did. He was a pilot and for a while owned his own Piper Cherokee airplane.
He and Lee were a team who farmed and sold the hay from their ranch. They bought the land, cleared the land, planted and harvested top quality alfalfa together. Then trucked the hay to the buyers.
Doug was also known as The Cowboy Quilter. His quilts were a 'hot' and much loved item. He donated many quilts to his infusion clinic as well as family and friends. His quilts generally had an animal theme.
Over the years Doug and Lee welcomed young people who needed a place to live, into their home. They raised these youngsters and considered them their own family.
Doug served in the United States Army at Fort Lewis, Washington during the Korean War.
There will be no funeral at his request. A memorial service is planned for a later date. Donations can be sent to North Lake EMS, POB 423, Christmas Valley, Oregon 97641
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PO Box 423, Christmas Valley OR 97641