DOUGLAS ALLEN PERSHALL
Douglas Allen Pershall passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at 69 years old. Doug was a man of God, devoted son, husband, father, and joke enthusiast. He spent his childhood in Othello, Washington where he was active in FFA, band, track and field, and enjoyed family vacations on Lake Chelan.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University, a Master’s in Business Administration from Oregon State University and served in the Air National Guard. Doug loved to fly and he built his 28 year aviation career around that working as a flight instructor, pilot for KGW Skywatch Traffic, cargo pilot, and later as an airline pilot for Horizon, Republic, and Northwest Airlines.
In his time on the ground he enjoyed farm life, water skiing, weekly Bible studies, serving his church of 30 years, woodworking, fishing with friends, and watching his kids play sports of all kinds. Doug was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease nearly 15 years ago. After retiring he continued his hobbies and farm work as long as he could and found joy in spending time with friends, walking, his Parkinson’s Pilates class, and his beloved grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Sue; his four children, Aaron and wife Karisa, Annie, Hannah and husband Eric, and Daniel and wife Leslie; his 6 grandchildren; his brother, Keith; his sister, Nancy; and 13 of his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ken and LaDeana Pershall.
His memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (309 W 39th St. Vancouver, WA).
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Doug’s name to one of the three following organizations: Parkinson’s Resource of Oregon, Community Home Health and Hospice in Vancouver, WA, or Trinity Lutheran Church in Vancouver, WA.
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Published by The Columbian on Oct. 3, 2021.