Doug Gray, 78, was an avid outdoorsman and adventurer, a hunter and fisherman who deeply appreciated and was respectful of nature and life. The Grove of the Ancient Archer will continue to grow as the people he loved and who loved him deeply honor his memory and his pride in his Scottish heritage.
We're all thinking of you and missing you!
It was so very fast and tragic,
only a few days after his 14th birthday,
but it helped all of us to know you were there for him.
I know you were one of the many loved ones
there to greet him and celebrate his life.
Look in on us once in a while, and let the grilling begin! <3
I know you check in on her once in a while,
and that makes me smile.
We both miss you so very, very much!
We all love you and are so very proud of you!
I know your grandpa is looking down and smiling.
We're all proud of you
and your family and love you very much!
You are in my mind so much lately.
I felt Like you reached out and grabbed my shoulder the other day.
Was it you? I hope So.
It makes me feel better knowing you are close.
I know you're as proud of her as we are, Dad.
Her family is doing great as is she.
We look forward to taking them out and celebrating!
We hope you're able to stop by. :)
We're so proud of him and excited for him and Jess to be parents.
They're visiting you here, but we know you're with us often.
We will be again honoring you both today
and Cindy is on hand to spoil Mom.
I know they'll visit your memorial and bring turtles.
We love and miss you!
Darian and Jess' Baby Henderson-Beuten is due Sept. 24,
a couple weeks past your birthday and the day after Dean's.
We're extremely excited!
We've already begun spoiling her with a special visit
from some of her grandkids. And it will continue this coming weekend as we get together to feast!
Valentine's Day was always so special to us!
This is one of the last gifts you gave me.
One of my many treasures,
and memories, that keep you close.
I so miss our tradition of trading Enstrom candies!
I'm taking a Dark Chocolate Turtle to the VA Memorial Garden
to enjoy in your honor.
Love you forever.
In the time you've been gone, he has become a deputy sheriff and is engaged to Becky, who I'm glad you got to meet.
I know you're proud of him as we are.
Soon after you died he asked if I was sad. I said yes.
"Why are you sad?' I said I missed you.
He said, "That's OK, you can come live with me."
I wish you were here to celebrate, but I know you're looking after us and that brings me comfort.
And even though you're gone, you still make me smile.
Sometimes it seems like yesterday; sometimes a lifetime ago.
Sometimes I go back and read through our texts and smile.
We will be together to honor you!
I hope you can check in on him once in a while.
We will celebrate YOU and love you always.
This pic was celebrating your 77th.
The special Grandpa shirt was signed by the grandchildren.
We'll be run/walking the Denver 5K on Sept. 8.
We're calling it the "Doug Gray 80-Year 5K' in your honor and to celebrate 30 years since your "50-year 5K."
We sure do miss you.
I feel like I should be able to call you, send you pics of my garden,
take you to Los Reyes to celebrate.
I'm keeping my chin up, tho, promise.
It's our 30th anniversary and we're extremely happy about it!
When I lost you, I lost my greatest champion.
But Darrell's doing a great job of it, though.
What a beautiful family she has and I know you're delighted.
We all love and miss you dearly.
I'm going through one of those times where it seems like I screw up every thing I do,
and I sure wish you were here to run things by.
You were and still are beloved and extremely important to him and to all of us. We love you and miss you.
You are still with us in spirit always in our celebrations.
your grandchildren. Darian turns 27 and Lily is 29.
We all miss you so very much!
This was from your 50th -- one of the many, many wonderful memories we all share.
And guess what? The Avs are good again!
She's being spoiled here by your great grandchildren.
I know your heart soars like a hawk,
and I can feel how very proud you are of her.
Cindy turned 58 on Jan 25.
Dad, we all miss you greatly,
but find comfort knowing your spirit walks through the forest with the pups of our past, your present.
We're thinking of you and honoring you today as we do every day!
Being together we share stories and lots of laughs
and I know you feel that wherever you're at.
These trees are Christmas trees for you!
I decorated our tree this year and longed to hear you say,
"This is the Best one yet!".
I miss you and love you always.
He is truly a remarkable man and a beloved brother,
and we have you and Mom to thank for that!
We love you deeply and miss you daily.
We're so sad you didn't get to meet Jones,
but the little family is doing great AND their second baby,
a miracle, is due May 22!
I smile and get a little teary eyed when I think of that beautiful reunion.
He started singing "Brandy" out of the blue today
and I knew you were at least passing through.
We sure do miss you.
(Photo shows both because Dean's didn't upload on here for his birthday.)
This fun picture is in memory of a very special day.
One of my many happy memories of time spent with you, my Love.
Love you forever, Judy
Sorry I messed up your hunting trip all those years ago.
Chuckling just thinking about it.
Here's last year's birthday pic of me and the boys.
We'll take this year's tonight.
We took this pic at this time two years ago.
We walked around the lake (I lapped you and Mom).
Such beautiful memories!
One I will always treasure. I miss you.
I'm glad you guys got to meet, because he's a lot like me and that means he's a lot like you.
We love and miss you.
I promised you, Dad, that I'd keep up your tradition of growing her a beauty each year, and I will!
We love and miss you!
Happy birthday 26th beautiful girl
I know your grandpa is smiling at you!
I don't have a day where I don't think about you.
I love you and miss you so much!
Until we meet again.
Xoxox and a pinch.
And then I remember.
Happy Birthday, Grandpa.
We are celebrating you today.
I will forever miss your laugh, your stories, and your hugs.
Love you, my Bro.
Happy heavenly birthday.
We see signs of your influence all around us, and it gives us great comfort.
You live on in the hearts of your kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.
Quite a legacy! Love, Cindy
We feel your spirit among us
and believe that your spirit lives on in the Grove of the Ancient Archer.
Love always, Judy
I love you with all my heart and I miss you every moment of every day,
even though it is still unfathomable to me that you're gone.
That will never go away.
A couple of chuckles Dan, Carol and I had
as we sorted through a few of your buckets, baskets and crates.
Then it hit me that you're not coming back.
Enjoy time well spent!
as we hiked up the mountain at the ranch.
I felt you with me and it makes me happy.
This is also my happy place,
where I come on whenever missing you get's too tough.
and all those who loved him.
The Grove of the Ancient Archer is one
of many ways we will continue to honor him.
He is free and our hearts soar like a hawk.