Col. Trenton Scott Douglas, 69, of Eagle Point, died Mar, 17, 2012, at Oregon Health Science University as a result of his battle with leukemia.
He was born Aug. 25, 1942, in Klamath Falls, Ore., to Harold and Mary Douglas. He graduated from Klamath Union High School in 1960, and attended Sacramento City College and Southern Oregon University, where he earned his bachelors degree in political science. He was district wrestling champion in his weight class.
Trenton was strongly committed to God and country. In 1964, he enlisted in the Army. He graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. As part of his distinguished military career, he served in Vietnam as a platoon leader, receiving the Bronze Star. He was battalion commander of the 1st Battalion 186th Infantry, 6th Army liaison officer for Oregon, and held other staff and command positions. In 1993, he was inducted into the Officer Candidates School Hall of Fame. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a colonel.
Trenton worked in the insurance industry for more than 40 years. He served as president of the Rogue Valley Life Underwriters, state membership chair, and later, state president of the Oregon Life Underwriters. He was awarded Senior Agent of the Year for the State of Oregon and received the Glenn O. Radcliff Community Service Award.
Trenton had a strong passion for serving his community. Among his accomplishments, he was a current member of the Eagle Point Planning Commission and past chair of that commission, he was a member of the Ashland Jaycee’s and was named to Outstanding Young Men of America, belonged to Kiwanis, was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, a 32nd Degree Scottish Right Mason, and volunteered at the Ashland YMCA and Ashland Little League. He just completed a term on the Jackson County Fair Board and served on the Southern Oregon University Athletic Foundation. He was Potentate of the Hillah Shrine and served until his death on the Board of Governors of the Shriners Hospital in Portland.
In his leisure, Trenton loved spending time with family and friends, playing golf, hunting and fishing.
He was married to Michaele “Miki” O’Keefe for 23 years, until her death in 1992. He is survived by his fiancee’, Yvonne Reiling, of Eagle Point; son, Trenton Douglas, II, of Medford; daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” (Michael) , of Tennessee; sister, Sue Pickell (Dann) of Seaside, Ore. and a grandson, Kadin Douglas, of Medford.
Internment with full military honors was held at Eagle Point National Cemetery, Mar. 30. A memorial celebration was held at the Historic Ashland Armory on Mar. 31.
Those wishing to contribute in Trenton’s name may do so by sending donations to Administration of Shriners Hospital, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Road, Portland, OR 97239.