Doug Premer passed away peacefully, with his wife by his side, on September 17, 2015. He was at his home in Windsor. Doug was born on December 4, 1951 in Greeley to Dale and Maxine Premer. Doug earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1973 and his Master of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling in 1977, from the University of Northern Colorado. In 1990, after further studies he became a Licensed Professional Counselor. Doug worked for the State of Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for 30 years. He was known as a competent and compassionate professional among his colleagues and clients. After retirement, Doug and his wife, Mary, moved to Montrose, Colorado for eight years. Doug volunteered there as a “mentor parent” for 5 years with Hilltop’s Tandem Families Program. In 2014, they chose to return to family and friends in Northern Colorado.
Doug was a lifelong avid water skier. He embraced the skiing community, holding membership in several Front Range clubs. He passionately devoted many hours to advance the sport and hobby he so loved: he helped teach youngsters and did bookkeeping. He attended and taught many clinics to help himself and others hone skills in boat driving, judging and scoring.
Doug was happiest when he was driving a semi-truck, a ski boat or his Dodge Ram. He could back his 5th wheel into the most challenging campsite-on the first try. In retirement, he and his wife criss-crossed the country pulling the 5th wheel and stopped at ski lakes along the route. Doug loved dogs and all who knew him expected to see one of his Dalmatians by his side. Grandchildren, travel, hiking and music enriched his life.
Doug is survived by his loving wife, best friend and caregiver Mary Kirby Premer; stepson Stefan Kirby, wife Jessie and children Greta and Graham of Park City, Utah; sisters Darla and husband Garth Thomas of Loveland, Lynette and husband Bob Austin of Lakewood; brother Gary and wife Sue Premer of Windsor; and nine nieces and nephews.
In memory and honor of Doug’s struggle with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Halcyon Hospice. A Celebration of Life event will be held on October 3, 2015 at 2:00 at the Laku Landing Ski Club in Windsor. Arrangements have been entrusted to Northern Colorado Crematory.