Douglas F. Pallin (1936 - 2017)

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Douglas F. Pallin passed away following a brief illness on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Hartford Hospital two days after celebrating his 81st birthday with his family.
The son of Margaret (Sturma) Pallin and Frank Horak, after his father's death and his mother's remarriage, Doug was adopted by Louis Pallin in 1949. Upon graduating from high school in LaGrange, Illinois, Doug served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. While stationed in Germany, he met and married the love of his life, Lisbeth (Estoft) Pallin who survives him. Liz moved from Denmark to make a home with Doug in Michigan while Doug attended Michigan State University. Taking advantage of the GI bill, Doug put himself through college. After graduating with a B.A. in zoology, Doug pursued a career in food quality assurance for major grocery chains and food manufacturers including Pepperidge Farms, Eisner, Hannaford, and Weight Watchers. His jobs took his family from Illinois to Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Maine. He retired to Crystal River, Florida and recently moved to Glastonbury, CT to be near his family.
Doug adored his wife Liz to whom he was married for 59 years, and he was a loving father and grandfather who will be greatly missed. He is survived by two sons, Mark (Laurie) of Griswold, CT, and David (Carol) of Freeport, ME and four granddaughters of whom he was extremely proud: Kate (John) Reigeluth, and Emily, Rachelle, and Monica Pallin. Doug loved animals and over the course of his life raised a wide variety of reptiles, fish, birds and mammals, but his dogs were most special to him. An outdoorsman, Doug was active diving, fishing, and boating in his younger years. A dad who was always ready to take his sons on an adventure, Doug would try anything, and it often seemed to Liz like she had three boys! He once picked up a baby alligator in his gloved hands, not knowing until afterwards that the mother was lurking nearby. Whether catching an octopus, trapping and temporarily housing snakes, or feeding the flock of sand hill cranes who came to visit him each morning, Doug enjoyed nature and avidly learned about his natural surroundings. He and Liz liked to travel, and upon his retirement they took extended trips to Europe to visit relatives. Doug will be remembered for his constant tinkering with machines and his many "MacGyver-like" inventions. He took great pleasure in collecting items from his travels and he displayed these collections throughout his home which served as a fascinating museum to his children and grandchildren.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Apr. 8, 2017