Douglas Paul Atherton, age 62, died November 5, 2012, in Carlsbad, California, of lung cancer. Born July 5, 1950, at Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Beloved son of the late Harold Starr and Margaret (Gillett) Atherton, formerly of Pleasant Ridge. Doug was a 1968 graduate of Ferndale High School. He joined the Army
and was stationed at SHAPE in Belgium, followed by Bien Hoa, Vietnam. After the Army, he moved to Denver and attended Metropolitan State College. He graduated with highest honors and became a CPA. He married Carolyn Taylor White in March 1975, in Denver. He is survived by two sisters, Susan Montgomery of Niles, Ohio, and Eleanor (Carl) Tacke of Interlochen; one niece Lisa Tacke-Pucylowski (Mark); grandniece Olivia; four nephews, Paul (Susan) Tacke of Pleasant Ridge and their son Trent, Rob (Melissa) Montgomery of Warren, Ohio, Daniel (Kelly) of Washington, D.C., and their two sons, as well as Matthew (Beth) Montgomery of Elko, Nevada, and their sons Jacob (U.S. Marines), Ian, and Zachary, and his former wife Carole of North Carolina. Doug's passion was fly fishing, as well as researching genealogy on the computer. Interment will be at the Great Lakes National Cemetery near Holly, Mich. on Monday, August 12, at 11 a.m. with military honors. Memorial tributes may be made to Trout Unlimited, 1300 N. 17th St., Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22209-2404.