Originally published Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 09:29p.m.

Doug Vandergon, age 67, passed away after a long illness on July 20, 2018. Born in Minot, North Dakota, to Keith Vandergon and Sally Brooks Vandergon, he spent his early years in Portland, North Dakota, and Grand Forks, North Dakota. Doug graduated from Red River High School and the University of North Dakota, where he majored in Wildlife Biology.

Doug’s love of nature led him to Prescott, Arizona, where he spent the next 35 years working for the U.S. Forest Service. Fourteen of those years were spent as the caretaker of Palace Station, an historical preservation site in the Bradshaw Mountains. During those years, Doug became self-taught in woodworking, taxidermy, horseshoeing, and he enjoyed the challenges that went along with learning those new skills. He volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America, helping scouts with forestry and survival skills. Doug also developed a farrier practice which extended throughout northern Arizona. When he wasn’t busy outdoors, Doug read voraciously. During the past decade, Doug and his wife lived in Prineville, Oregon, where he worked for the Bureau of Land Management until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Henry; his mother, Sally Brooks Vandergon; his brothers, Dave (Carol) Vandergon and Dirk (Joyce) Vandergon; four nieces and nephews, and six great nephews.

At his request, no services are planned. “In wildness is the preservation of the world.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Information provided by survivors.