We lost one our own in the Tucson Real Estate Community on Christmas Day. Peter Douglas, 65 years old, died on Christmas Day of a stroke. A very sad day for the our community and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Peter was born on November 4, 1949 in Tucson, AZ to James Stewart Douglas and Mary Peace Hazard Douglas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Doogie.
He is survived by his life-long love Linda, wife of 33 years, and his two children, Megan, 29 and son, Sumner, 31, (Juliette), who were his pride and joy. He is also survived by his sisters, Bronwyn (Walt) and Morgan and nephews, Philip Rosenberg, Neil Rubenstein and David Rubenstein.
Peter was proud to be a cowboy and a fifth generation Arizonan. He was raised on a ranch in Sonoita, AZ, which gave him a profound appreciation for the unique beauty and spirit of the land.
He was a founding member of Tucson Greater Leadership, and a founding partner and principle of PICOR Commercial Real Estate since 1987.
Active on the YMCA board for over 10 years, he was the YMCA Chairman from 2011-2013, and an active leader and President of Los Charros, a life-long passion.
Peter will be remembered for turning his keen observations of people into hilarious humor. He was a leader and mentor who embodied kindness, consideration and the possibility of great success.
His magnetic presence, gusto for life and love of people will be missed.
At last year's CCIM Forecast meeting, Peter spoke about the risk of losing traditions that have made the Old Pueblo great. It was rodeo week, which is part of Tucson's heritage. "During this time, we celebrate western integrity, ethics, morals and the mystic of the Old West," Peter told a packed room. "These are values the real estate world isn't so well known for these days, as the national media likes to portray us as the bad guys. We know better."
"I remember growing up, and that was a long time ago, during rodeo month and especially rodeo week, everybody wore cowboy attire. Now I'm not necessarily asking all you to wear cowboy gear, but I am asking that you support the culture of Tucson. This culture is one that goes back several hundreds of years. We are truly a southwestern town but that doesn't mean that we can't be technically innovative; it doesn't mean that we can't be a biotech town, it just means we have a western flavor that separates us from other communities. During Rodeo, I support the unique culture of Tucson by wearing my hat and boots. It is important to support our unique culture whether it be Rodeo week, South Western Architecture or by having a vibrant down town as we used to. There are a lot of events people can participate in that support our unique culture and separate us from other communities. So whatever cultural aspect of Tucson you are a supporter of, please continue your support," Peter concluded and then went on to talk about real estate, the subject of his presentation. That was Peter's style, to always speak from his heart.
A Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the Mountain Oyster Club, starting at 10:00 and ending at 2:00 p.m.
Donations can be made in his honor to the YMCA of Southern Arizona. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel.
To see more on his legacy and to leave your own words of condolences go to Legacy/obituaries/ Tucson.