J. Douglas  McKay
J. Douglas McKay

April 15, 1938 - December 4, 2019
Born in Eugene, Oregon
Resided in Eugene, OR
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J Douglas McKay surrounded by his daughters and grandchildren passed on December 4th due to Leukemia-related complications. He was born April 15, 1938 in Eugene, Oregon to Eleanor and Miles McKay. A graduate of Eugene High School, Doug went on to attend the University of Oregon, graduating in 1959 with a business degree. He was an active member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. While at the U of O, Doug was in the Air Force ROTC.

Entering the Air Force as an officer, Doug was stationed in Missouri for flight training. He finished at the top of his flight school class and served in the US Strategic Air Command flying B-52 bombers. (He even wore his flight suit recently to a Halloween party!)

On July 4th, 1962, while stationed at Loring Air Force Base in Caribou, Maine, Doug met Carol Swiek on a blind double date. A whirlwind romance ensued and 9 months later Carol proposed to Doug. They were married June 6th, 1963. After a honeymoon road trip across the US, Doug returned to Oregon with his new bride and they put down roots in Eugene.

Doug was a dedicated Airman. He loved flying and always spoke fondly of both his time in the Air Force and of his respect for aviation. Incidentally, Maine was the one and only place Doug ever skied. Unfortunately the one time in his life he took to the slopes he broke his ankle. He knew he would not be able to fly if his superiors became aware of his injury. Not to be grounded, Doug shoved his broken ankle into his boot and took off.

Doug, his sister Linda and their parents started McKay Investment Company in 1954, where they owned, managed and developed commercial real estate properties. They started Oakway Center on the family peach farm as well as other local centers around the greater community. Doug also worked for Ordell Construction, which was also partially family-owned. At Ordell, he supervised big projects such as the construction of Mohawk Shopping Center, all of the local Bi-Mart’s, and Mayfair Market. Later he would oversee the transition of the Mayfair Market into what is now the Slocum Center

Doug and Carol’s first daughter, Tracie, arrived in 1965 followed by a son, Anthony who died shortly after birth. Daughter Amy completed the family by arriving in 1969. Both girls remember him as a loving, supportive father and a strong but gentle presence at home. He was always an exemplary principled and honorable role model for the family. Doug believed in the value of strong community involvement and encouraged his daughters to follow his lead by supporting local organization with their time and resources.

Doug truly was the ultimate community citizen. He genuinely cared about his community and was always ready to help and serve. He participated in, donated to, and was on the board of directors of numerous organizations within Lane County. Some include Bridgeway House, Boy Scouts of America, Cascade Health Foundation, Eugene Hearing and Speech, Food for Lane County, Good Will, Junior Achievement, Lane Community College, Lane ESD, Marist High School, McKenzie Willamette Hospital, Northwest Christian University, Pearl Buck, Relief Nursery, Springfield Chamber of Commerce, United Way, University of Oregon, and Wesley United Methodist Church. And another fun fact, Doug was asked to carry the Olympic Torch through Eugene for the 1996 Olympics.

Doug believed in the power of local foundations, lending many of them his time, wisdom and experience. He was also an initial investor in Centennial and Summit Bank, as both organizations were focused on supporting the community, something core to his beliefs.

He especially enjoyed his work on the University of Oregon Foundation Board of Trustees. There he invested his time and resources at the Lundquist College of Business and Oregon Athletics. Doug was proud to have attended football games at Hayward Field and as an original ticket holder at Autzen Stadium. He defined the word “fan-atic” - he only missed two home games in his life. In fact, just three weeks before he passed, he attended five Duck sporting events in one weekend. He was a season ticket holder for not only Football but also Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Volleyball and Baseball. Recently he shared that he was thinking of picking up tickets for Women’s Lacrosse this coming Spring.

Doug loved to travel with the team, and often took his family along. He especially loved going to the bowl games, Go Ducks! He truly enjoyed travel. He was most proud of the fact that he visited every continent except Antarctica and every US state except North Dakota.

Doug is survived by his daughters - Tracie and her husband Ramin Shojai and their two daughters Madeleine and Danielle, and daughter Amy Romero and her two sons Anthony and Jacob. He also is survived by his sister, Linda Korth. His wife Carol preceded him in death in 2007.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, December 20 at 3:00 pm at The Club at Autzen Stadium at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Eugene. A reception will be held directly following the celebration. All are welcome! Contributions in memory of Doug can be made to the Relief Nursery.

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Celebration of Life
Autzen Stadium
2700 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Eugene, OR US 97401
Friday, December 20, 2019