Douglas T. Gray passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, September 16, 2016. He was 81 years old. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Sherry Ann (Gorans) Gray, and his youngest daughter, Sandra Jo Gray. He is survived by his girlfriend, Wilma Rowley, his daughters, Lynda Swanson (Greg) and Cyndy Berry (Art), his 8 grandchildren, Jeff Swanson (Holly), Chad Swanson (Kelli), Jessica Berry Ross (Tim), Doug Swanson (Karla), Lynda Sethney, Justin Berry, Jacob Gray, and Gray Swanson, and his 13+ great- grandchildren. Doug was born on October 30, 1934 in Longview, WA. After graduating from the University of Washington, he went to work for Carnation Milk Company as a sales manager until relocating to Bellingham, WA in 1970 where he became a sales associate, among other things, for the development at Sudden Valley. He then managed the sales staff at the Glen at Maple Falls until all the lots were sold. In 1978 he opened Douglas T. Gray and Associates, Realtors along with his partner, Chet Kenoyer. Together, they built the largest real estate firm in Whatcom County for that time. When Doug sold the company to John L. Scott, Inc. in 1995, he had 60+ full time agents. Upon retirement, he spent the winter months at his home in Indian Wells, California where he enjoyed golfing, volunteering and socializing, and his summers in Bellingham where he loved taking his boat out in the San Juan Islands or just "puttering" in his boathouse. Doug and his wife, Sherry, were avid travelers exploring places all over the world. They participated in many mission trips abroad where they helped to build houses for the poor and repair local churches. Doug was known for his gregarious personality, his success as a smart businessman, his generosity, and his love of God and family. He will be missed by all. His family wishes to thank Dr. Roger Sharf and his nurse Michelle for all the support that they have provided Doug thru-out the years as well as Dr. Moss, the staff at Mt Baker Dialysis Center and Hospice of Whatcom County. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice or
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Sept. 21, 2016