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Official Obituary of

Doren Preston

July 15, 1951 ~ February 10, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Doren Preston Obituary

On February 10, 2024, Doren Averly Preston, a man known for his adventurous spirit and generosity, set sail on his final grand adventure. Known as Dub in his youth and affectionately called Dorito by his Colorado friends, Doren was born on July 15, 1951, in Niles, Michigan. He was a man of humble beginnings who made the world his playground, living in various places like Colorado and Hawaii, and making his mark wherever he went. Doren spent the majority of his life in Michigan, where he held his favorite nickname, grandpa. Doren was a man who embodied the words of Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” A fearless outdoor adventurer, Doren loved sailing, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, motorcycling, and boating. His empathetic nature and carpentry skills were often used to help his loved ones achieve their dreams. His mechanical skills, honed during his service in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Era as part of the Harbor Clearance Unit One Dive Team, made him the go-to problem solver among his friends and family. Doren was a generous soul, always ready to lend a hand or share a story. He was a member of several Bible studies, and was never afraid to share how Jesus had changed his life. Doren took immense pleasure in learning new things and had a special love for reading. He was a proud member of the Hope Community Church and a devoted father, brother, and grandfather. Doren is survived by his sons, Marty (Maureen) and Aaron (Cassie); his daughter in heart, Yaara Burciaga; his brothers, Lane (Nancy) and Keiron (Julie); his sister, Vione Harris; and his grandchildren, Caleb, Mariana, Agnes, and Evelyn Preston. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Lois Preston, and his sister, Keeley Preston. A celebration of Doren's life will be held at 10:00 am EST on Friday, March 22, 2024, at Hope Community Church, 2390 Lake Street, Niles, Michigan, 49120. All are welcome to join and we ask you to bring a story (typed if possible) of a cherished memory of Doren. Please email pictures of Doren to beachwalkerflipflop@gmail.com for the slideshow for his service. If you have a printed picture that you would like added to the photo boards being constructed, please reach out to 574-303-9733 for arrangements to be made. We also invite you to upload photos and share stories of our beloved Doren on his memorial page as we celebrate his adventurous and giving life.

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