July 4th, 2016         2 comments

Douglas A. “The Duckman of the Mill Pond” Peterson

Brighton, Michigan


Friends and family are deeply saddened by the death of 68 year old Douglas A. Peterson of Brighton, Michigan the afternoon of June 24th, 2016, after a short illness.  Doug, as he was known to his many friends, was born in Highland Park, Michigan to the late Dr. L.W. and Mrs. Neva Peterson.  His oldest brother Ron also preceded him in death.   Doug is survived by his older brother Charles Peterson of Springdale, Arkansas and two nieces.


Doug was a graduate of Wayne State University and made his home in Brighton for more than 40 years working as an independent graphic designer, website designer, website manager, artist, writer, and marketing strategist.  His passion was nature, birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, flowers, plants and insects.  He had volumes of information at the tip of his tongue and was always ready to share nature’s wonders with those he met during his daily visits to the Brighton millpond.  He photographed the ponds inhabitants and visitors, and then reported his findings and observations on his personal blog,  Doug had a unique talent for conversation and could make those he met at the millpond feel like old friends from their first chat.


Doug’s remains are being cremated and he requested that no memorial service be held.  Doug was not a religious person but lived a life of respecting and sharing with others, contributing to the community, and sharing his artistic, photography and nature living skills where ever he passed.  There will be a simple and brief mid-August gathering near the Mill Pond to be announced later.


Charles A. Peterson




§ 2 Responses to "Obit"

  • Jenni says:

    I am so sad to hear about this. I’ve never met Doug, but I’ve been reading his blog for several years. Rest in peace, kind man, and thank you for sharing your love of nature with us.

  • Patty Mortensen says:

    I will be there.
    Patty Mortensen

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