April 2, 1930 - Aug. 16, 2012
Douglas Anthony Patenaude, 82, formerly of Sweet Home, OR, passed away, Thursday, August 16, 2012, in St. Charles Medical Center, located in Bend, Oregon.
He was born April 2, 1930 in Northbridge, MA, grew up in Shelburne Falls, MA, the son of Eldridge and Donelda (Tetreault) Patenaude. Doug joined the Navy during the Korean War and served from 1947-1952.
He and his wife, Peg, were devoted to raising their four children, primarily in MA and VT. He took great pride in his family. Doug followed job opportunities and moved west. He retired in Sweet Home and discovered the So. Fork of the Santiam River. After 60 years of following his passion for fly fishing and fly tying and his machining career building injection molds, Doug became a master builder of custom jig molds, creating unique jig heads. He never tired of designing and building new types of jigs. His rod building craftsmanship was evident in his custom rods. He loved to associate with and mentor those who had a passion for fishing. Doug lived a simple, honest and unpretentious life. Eventually he reconnected with his friend, Linda Richard, who shared his life and love. For many years, they lived their dream, fishing side by side on the rivers.
Sharing in this loss are Linda, former wife, Peg, daughters, Laura Hagedon of Mt. Shasta, CA, Victoria Cook and husband, Lanny of Prineville, OR and son, David and wife, Arnie of Myanmar. Gramp shall also be sorely missed by his seven grandchildren, Corey, Lance, Wade, Nolan, Ryne, Kasih, Kyrah and two great grandchildren, Ethan and Ava. He is also survived by brothers, Lyle and Ronald of Ma and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his son, Daniel, sister, Priscilla, and brothers, Clayton and Kenneth.
After suffering a stroke in August of 2010, Doug moved to Aspen Ridge Retirement Community located in Bend, where he received exemplary care. His family wishes to express their appreciation to the cardiologists at BMC, and the staffs of Aspen Ridge and St. Charles for their care and concern.
Final arrangements by Autumn Funerals, Bend.