A Grove of trees in the Scottish Highlands
The Grove of the Ancient Archer
Douglas E. Gray
Sept.8,1938 - Sept.28, 2016

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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.


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Cathy donationIn honor of Holly's birthday. Your beautiful granddaughter, seen here with her beautiful family, Eric, Jones and Layla.

Donated by Cathy

10th December 2018

Cathy and Darrell donationHappy birthday to your youngest grandchild!
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.

Donated by Cathy and Darrell

23rd November 2018

Darrell and Cathy donationDez's birthday! He's our wily little elf.
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."

Donated by Darrell and Cathy

24th October 2018

Cathy donationOct. 19 is my 57th birthday, Dad!
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.

Donated by Cathy

17th October 2018

The Beutens donationIt'll be two years since you left us Sept. 28.
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!

Donated by The Beutens

26th September 2018

Darrell and Cathy donationDean turns 3 Sept. 23. He's smart and sassy and has our blue eyes. Happy birthday to your great-grandson, my precious grandson.
I hope you can check in on him once in a while.

Donated by Darrell and Cathy

21st September 2018

The Beutens donationHappy 27th birthday to your beautiful granddaughter, Kelli!

Donated by The Beutens

12th September 2018

Judy Gray donationSept. 8, 2018--This would be your 80th birthday.
We will celebrate YOU and love you always.
This pic was celebrating your 77th.
The special Grandpa shirt was signed by the grandchildren.
A treasure.

Donated by Judy Gray

6th September 2018

Cathy and Darrell donationHappy birthday, Dad!
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.

Donated by Cathy and Darrell

6th September 2018

Cathy donationHappy Father's Day, Dad! It has been another tough one.
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.

Donated by Cathy

14th June 2018

Cathy and Darrell donationGuess what, Dad? We were both right!
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.

Donated by Cathy and Darrell

14th June 2018

The Beutens donationHappy 31st birthday to your beautiful and sassy granddaughter Lisa! What a beautiful family she has and I know you're delighted.

Donated by The Beutens

14th June 2018

Judith  donationIn memory of My Hero. We honor you today. Love forever, Judy

Donated by Judith

24th May 2018

The Beutens donationHappy birthday to your beautiful granddaughter Stef!
We all love and miss you dearly.

Donated by The Beutens

23rd May 2018

Happy Memorial Day, Dad! I'm thinking about you and missing you.
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.

Donated by Cathy

22nd May 2018

Cathy donationHonoring you, Dad, on Darrell's birthday! (May 2)
You were and still are beloved and extremely important to him and to all of us. We love you and miss you.

Donated by Cathy

1st May 2018

The Beutens donationHappy birthday to your oldest grandson, Adam, on May 2!
You are still with us in spirit always in our celebrations.

Donated by The Beutens

1st May 2018

Cathy and Darrell donationHappy birthday to two of my incredible children --
your grandchildren. Darian turns 27 and Lily is 29.
We all miss you so very much!

Donated by Cathy and Darrell

25th April 2018

The Beutens donationApril 4 -- Happy anniversary, Dad and Mom!
This was from your 50th -- one of the many, many wonderful memories we all share.
And guess what? The Avs are good again!

Donated by The Beutens

2nd April 2018

The Beutens donationFeb. 21 -- It's your beautiful wife's birthday!
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.

Donated by The Beutens

20th February 2018

Cathy donationHappy Valentine's Day, Dad. I miss you.

Donated by Cathy

14th February 2018

The Beutens donationHappy birthday to your first born!
Cindy turned 58 on Jan 25.

Donated by The Beutens

7th February 2018

The Beutens donationYour first grandchild turned 38 on Jan 11! Happy birthday to Jen!
Dad, we all miss you greatly,
but find comfort knowing your spirit walks through the forest with the pups of our past, your present.

Donated by The Beutens

17th January 2018

Cathy, Darrell, Lily, Danny, Dez, Dean, Darian, Jess, Dante and Becky donationMerry Christmas!
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.

Donated by Cathy, Darrell, Lily, Danny, Dez, Dean, Darian, Jess, Dante and Becky

25th December 2017

Judith Gray donationOur last Christmas together...2015.
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.

Donated by Judith Gray

23rd December 2017

The Beutens donationIt's Dan's birthday!
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.

Donated by The Beutens

19th December 2017

The Beutens  donationHappy birthday to your beautiful granddaughter Holly!
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!

Donated by The Beutens

9th December 2017

Cathy donationI don't have to tell you, Dad, that Aunt Kay is no longer with us, because I know she's with all of you.
I smile and get a little teary eyed when I think of that beautiful reunion.

Donated by Cathy

8th December 2017

Cathy donationIn honor of this young man's 21st birthday Nov. 24.
He started singing "Brandy" out of the blue today
and I knew you were at least passing through.
We sure do miss you.

Donated by Cathy

23rd November 2017

Cathy, Dez and Dean donationIn honor of Dez's 5th birthday!
(Photo shows both because Dean's didn't upload on here for his birthday.)

Donated by Cathy, Dez and Dean

25th October 2017

Judith Gray donationOctober 19- In honor of our Cathy's 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

Donated by Judith Gray

18th October 2017

Cathy, Dez and Dean donationIt's my birthday, Dad!
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.

Donated by Cathy, Dez and Dean

18th October 2017

Cathy donationSept. 28. 1 year of my life without you.
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.

Donated by Cathy

28th September 2017

Happy birthday to our Dean! (Sept. 23)
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.

Donated by Cathy

25th September 2017

Cathy and Darrell donationThis years pumpkins for our beautiful Mom, your beloved wife!
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!

Donated by Cathy and Darrell

18th September 2017

The Beutens donationAdding a tree in honor of Kelli's Sept 11 birthday.
Happy birthday 26th beautiful girl
I know your grandpa is smiling at you!

Donated by The Beutens

12th September 2017

Happy Birthday Grandpa. Love you.

Donated by Dante Beuten

8th September 2017

Lily, Danny, Dez and Dean  donationHappy birthday to one of my favorite people.
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.

Donated by Lily, Danny, Dez and Dean

8th September 2017

Jennifer Sadler donationI miss you. I love you. I cannot tell you how often I think, "Oh, Grandpa would love this!"
And then I remember.
Happy Birthday, Grandpa.
We are celebrating you today.

Donated by Jennifer Sadler

8th September 2017

Linda and Mark MacPherson donationThinking of you on your birthday doing one of the things you loved the most - enjoying the beauty of the mountains. I will forever miss your laugh, your stories, and your hugs.
Love you, my Bro.

Donated by Linda and Mark MacPherson

8th September 2017

Darrell donationYouth always in my heart and on my mind.
Happy heavenly birthday.

Donated by Darrell

8th September 2017

Cindy Mahan donationHappy birthday, Dad.
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

Donated by Cindy Mahan

8th September 2017

Judith A. Gray donationMy Love, I pray that you are truly at Peace on this birthday.
We feel your spirit among us
and believe that your spirit lives on in the Grove of the Ancient Archer.
Love always, Judy

Donated by Judith A. Gray

8th September 2017

Cathy donationHappy birthday, Dad.
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.

Donated by Cathy

8th September 2017

Steve and Simonne donationAs archery season is upon us once again, our thoughts often drift to those of Doug launching an arrow, telling a joke and laughing heartily! Hope you are hanging out with us at hunting camp this year.

Donated by Steve and Simonne

24th August 2017

Cathy donationA Polaroid camera and Kodak Instamatic?
A couple of chuckles Dan, Carol and I had as we sorted through a few of your buckets, baskets and crates. T
hen it hit me that you're not coming back.
Hurts.

Donated by Cathy

31st July 2017

Your Son, proud to be.  donationForever hunting in the Fields with Family, Friends and Dogs!
Enjoy time well spent!

Donated by Your Son, proud to be.

20th July 2017

Judith A. Gray donationAlways my Hero! Love you forever, Judy

Donated by Judith A. Gray

17th July 2017

Cathy donation

Donated by Cathy

14th July 2017

Cathy donationThought of you all weekend, Dad,
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.

Donated by Cathy

7th July 2017

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23rd June 2017

Donated by A friend

21st June 2017

in appreciation for a shining example of how to live a life.

Donated by Guido de Best and Charline Cipriano

19th June 2017

Miss you and love you always grandpa.

Donated by Stefanie Griffith

19th June 2017

Doug Gray is profoundly missed by his family 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.

Donated by Judy, Cindy, Cathy and Dan

15th June 2017

Doug Gray of Grand Junction, Colorado, U.S., was a masterful huntsman and an avid outdoorsman with an unwavering respect for wildlife and the land. Proud of his Scottish heritage and an ancestor of the Sutherland clan, Doug was a lifelong bowman who shared his archery skills and passion with his family and his many, many good friends found through the flight of an arrow. While Doug lived, he never visited his ancestral land, but he was a student of his family history and all Scottish history, and he possessed the tenacity, loyalty and grit embodying a Highlander. He was a true Scot. Doug – deeply loved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend – left us Sept. 28, 2016, at age 78. Yet his spirit is very much alive and continues to grow in those he treasured and who treasured him in return, and now in The Grove of the Ancient Archer in the Caledonian Forest of Scotland. He is free to wander its hills unencumbered and appreciate its beauty alongside his beloved dogs, and we know his heart soars like a hawk.

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The trees in this grove will be carefully planted in protected sites in the Scottish Highlands where they will create homes for wildlife and forests for the future.

Scots pine against a summer blue sky.
Twinflowers in bloom on pine woodland floor.
A Scotch argus butterfly on common ragwort.
Douglas E. Gray's grove
Trees in this grove:
175

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