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Douglas Smith Haycock

November 1, 1948-September 19, 2013


Douglas Smith HaycockDouglas Smith Haycock, 64, of Woodburn, died September 19, 2013, leaving a legacy as a devoted husband and father of six children and 27 grandchildren. He will be remembered for his faith in Jesus Christ; his love of the outdoors, his attention to Boy Scouts and strive for excellence.

Douglas was born on November 1, 1948 in San Francisco, Calif., to Ira Hatch Haycock and LaRue Haycock. He was the second of four children, and his siblings included Carl, Lynne and Anne. He lived in Colorado before moving to New Jersey, where he graduated from high school in Stratford in 1966. He earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Brigham Young University in 1972. He married Deborah Leder on December 15, 1972 in Manti, Utah. They had six children: Ericka, Stephanie, Darcy, Mason, Amanda and Emily. In 1986, their nephew Mark Hawes, then 17, came to live with them. They looked on him as a son and still do.

Douglas worked various construction jobs until starting an electrician’s apprenticeship. He worked at Bear Electric for 12 years, then at Cherry City Electric in Salem for 23 years. He retired in April 2013. As a retirement gift, his children gave their parents a cruise to Alaska, helping Douglas fulfill a lifelong dream .

His membership in the LDS Church was very important to him. He served faithfully his entire life in various callings, especially working with the youth. He recently served for seven years as bishop of the Woodburn Second Ward. He also was a young men’s president, elder’s quorum president, Sunday school teacher and bishop’s counselor. In addition, he worked for many years in Boy Scouts, as well as many years at a church girls’ camp. As a young man, he served a mission in what was called the Western States Mission. Douglas loved the outdoors, and often could be found trying to identify a tree or plant. His nickname was “Grizzly,” and it fit him well because that was his favorite animal. He also had a love for poetry, Western novels and watching baseball.

He is survived by his wife, Debby; sons and daughters-in-law, Mason and Laura of Woodburn, Mark and Kati Hawes of West Jordan, Utah; daughters and sons-in-law, Ericka and John Read of Newberg, Stephanie and Jess Doman of Woodburn, Darcy and Clint Cooper of Sublimity, Amanda and Joe Young of Lake Oswego, and Emily and Steve Gatewood of San Diego, Calif.; 27 grandchildren.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 25, at the Woodburn LDS Church, 1000 Country Club Road. There is a viewing at 9:30 a.m. Arrangements by Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom of Salem. Burial at Belle Passi Cemetery.