James Doug Tippett
Sept. 8, 1931 –– May 22, 2017
James Doug Tippett passed away at Wallowa Memorial Hospital May 22. A private graveside service was held May 27.
Doug Tippett was born in Spokane, Wash., the son of James Harrison (Jidge) Tippett and Jessie L. Wilson Tippett. He grew up on lower Joseph Creek, the youngest of three brothers and two sisters. He attended school at Clarkston, Wash., and Washington State College at Pullman, where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.
He was an outstanding athlete and captain of his football team in high school. He also participated in boxing and intercollegiate rodeo. He won the saddle bronc riding for three consecutive years –– 1949-51 –– while at Washington State. He won the all-around buckle at the Joseph Amateur Rodeo in 1963.
Doug served in the U.S. Army 1953-55, then returned to Wallowa County to run the Dug Bar Ranch, a cattle operation, which he purchased from his father in July 1957. Doug married Patricia Joan Wilson in October 1957 in Joseph. In addition to ranching, the couple ran a guide service on the Snake River 1964-77.
Three children were born to this marriage: Lori Lynn; Linda Lee and Steven Douglas. Pat died Aug. 6, 1977, in Enterprise.
On June 17, 1978, Doug married Blanche Jane Bachman Nash at the ranch home on Prairie Creek. Jane had four children –– Ramona Jane, Jacqueline Ann, Kenneth Lyman and Todd Phillip. Life around the home at all times was lively with children and grandchildren coming and going as well as being involved in their lives.
He was president of the Wallowa County Stockgrowers Association in 1963. He was named Cattleman of the Year in 1966 and Grassman of the Year in 1980. He served on Joseph School Board for nine years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, a supporter of local charities and the annual FFA auctions.
Doug had many hobbies including rawhide braiding, leatherwork and antiquing. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Doug began raising seed potatoes in 1972. After the seed potato market was flooded in 1995, he and his son, Steve, stepped away from the business. He and a cousin, Ben Tippett, continued the cattle operation until Ben chose to retire. Doug remained an active partner in both venues for many years.
He sold his grassland property in the Zumwalt-Chesnimnus area in 2008 and sold all but 20 acres on the home place on Upper Prairie Creek in 2006.
He continued antiquing until earlier this year when his health made it difficult for him to get around. He had a sense of humor and that, mixed with a dedication to hard work, made him a successful rancher, farmer and businessman.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents, wife Pat, brothers Jack and Bob and sisters Betty and Barbara. Also a son-in-law Dennis Huber, two grandsons, Rowdy and Bart, and a great-granddaughter, Brylynne.
Survivors include Doug’s wife Janie Tippett, a brother Biden Tippett, sons Kenny (Annie) Nash, Todd (Angie) Nash and Steve (Jennifer) Tippett; daughters Ramona (Charley) Phillips, Jackie (Bill) Matthews, Lori (Larry) Linney and Linda Huber; 21 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and one on the way.