Douglas J. Peterson

NORTHWOOD, N.H. — Douglas James Peterson, 72, of Jenness Pond Rd., Northwood, passed Oct. 15, 2017, at Harris Hill Center in Concord, N.H.

He was born June 6, 1945, in Athol, Mass., to the late Ernest and Geneva Peterson. Doug was a three-sport All-Star at Athol High School and straight A student.

He graduated from UMass-Amherst with a wildlife biology degree. Animals and nature were his passion, and he shared and instilled that love in his five children. He was a mathematical wizard, and a prankster, with a great sense of humor. He loved golf, birdwatching, football and his dogs.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War in Guam and Okinawa working on B-52 bombers. He served as selectman in the town of Northwood.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Tasker, of Northwood, who lovingly and patiently cared for him through the “long goodbye” of Alzheimer’s; also daughter Heidi Jameson of Clewiston, Fla., son Mark Peterson of Helena, Mont., son Todd Peterson of Playa Vista, Calif., son Michael Peterson of Santa Monica, Calif., and son Derek Peterson of Exeter, N.H., four grandchildren and a sister, Noreen Christensen, of Bow, N.H.

Per Doug’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Those wishing to give in memoriam of Doug, may give a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, 166 S. River Road, #210, Bedford, NH 03110. 

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