On May 9, 2017, we lost our beloved husband, father and grandfather Douglas David McPherson, 83, of Arlington, Texas.  
Doug was born in Douglas on July 10, 1933 to David and Crystal (Walvoord) McPherson.
 He was raised in Otoe County and graduated from high school in Syracuse.  
He attended The University of Nebraska for three years and volunteered for the draft.  
He joined the army and was stationed at Fort Bliss.  
There he met Mary McPherson and they were married in 1956.  
They moved back to Nebraska where Doug finished his degree in philosophy and theology from the University of Nebraska, while he served as a student pastor at Hallam.    
The two moved to Chicago where he graduated from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.  After graduation, he and Mary went to England, where he continued his zest for learning at Cambridge University.
Douglas dedicated his life to the service of others.  
He served various churches throughout Nebraska and Oklahoma. .
He received the Award for the Commission on Religion and Race from the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference.  
He taught religion at Oklahoma City University and received an honorary doctorate from that institution.
He retired as a District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church.  
After retirement, he and Mary founded the Oklahoma City Cooperative Urban Parish that brought together churches of different backgrounds to address social issues of education and poverty.
 He is preceded in death by his parents David and Crystal Walvrood McPherson and his granddaughter Lillian Elizabeth.  
He is survived by his wife Mary of Arlington; daughter Lora (Robert) Wilkinson of Otoe; son Patrick McPherson of Kingfisher, Okla.; daughter Megan (Joey) Horne of Arlington; grandchildren Benjamin, Matthew, Douglas, and Colton; sister Carol Krogh of Syracuse; two sister in laws Tricia Stowe and her husband Walter of Ruidoso, New Mexico and Dorothy Folk and her husband Larry of Colleyville, Texas.  
Doug is also survived by eight nieces, one nephew and countless friends.  
 Memorials may be sent to Skyline Urban Ministry, 500 SE 15th, Oklahoma City, OK  73129 or The Shared Table of El Pueblito United Methodist Church, PO Box 2047, Ranchos De Taos, NM  87557.
Please note on your donations in memory of Doug McPherson.