Douglas Alan Groves

Portland, Oregon

1954 - 2020


Portland, Oregon


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Douglas Alan GrovesMay 25, 1954 - Aug. 27, 2020 Born May 25, 1954 in Boston, Mass., Douglas was the middle son of Vernon and Shirley Groves. Douglas with his family, moved to Oregon in 1957. During Doug's early years he developed a fascination and respect for the diversity of life including not...

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Hello to Doug's family and friends. I have struggled with his death and have tried to find the words to write here to you. Doug accepted me as a volunteer for LWE in 2013 and I lived with him and Sandi for 3 months. He accepted me when no one else would hire me to work. He treated me like my passion for elephants was worthy of recognition. He listened to me talk about my problems with my family like someone who had known me my whole life. He was non-judgemental, thoughtful, and oh so...

Meeting Doug and the three elephants was one of the highlights of my life experiences. He was kind, passionate, patient and committed to sharing his knowledge about his and all elephants, animals in general and about the planet. He always answered my messages with thought and caring. This very special man will be missed by many. Rest in peace Doug

Doug groves was a tireless advocate for elephants. His empathy and compassion was unwavering as was his love for his human and elephant families. We will not see his like again. He will be missed.

A great teacher to many, an advocate for right. His patience and kindness were unmatched and his willingness to share his knowledge will live on in all those that were lucky enough to learn from him. He will be sorely missed in the elephant and human world.

Douglas was the kindest human I have ever met. It is not surprising he could commune with elephants. Few humans have that kind of empathy. In the brief time I spent with him I learned a lifetime of lessons. The world was deeply enriched by his presence and he will never be forgotten. Elephants never forget.

We have lost a giant of conservation. RIP Doug.

The earth needs more men like Douglas. His awareness of the essentials, that is the interaction of humans and all other species, of climate change, his courage (just to name a few). I didn't know Douglas personally but can fully embrace his ideals. My wife and I did know his father in Madras. He married us and was an exemplar minister.

Judson Hyatt

I never met Doug but I loved hearing about him from Shirley and about her visits with him and Sandi and the elephants. I'm so sorry to hear about this and send my love and condolences to Shirley and the whole family.