Doug Gayford

September 2, 1957 ~ May 30, 2021 (age 63)


Doug Gayford passed away Sunday, May 30, 2021 at French Manor Nursing Home.  He was born on September 2, 1957 in Springville, NY to Don and Shirley Gayford.

Doug graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1976.  Doug married his Love of Life on January 19th, 1982 to Maureen (Loper) Gayford.  He loved hiking, cooking, canoeing, and the Chicago Bears.

He is survived by his wife, Maureen Gayford; a son, Jason (Paige) Gayford; three brothers, Randy  Gayford, Donnie (Jill) Gayford, and Greg (Gena) Gayford; two sisters-in-law, Charlene (Bob) Widrig and Nancy (Chuck) Dinkwine; a brother-in-law, Bobby Loper; two grandchildren, Ashlynn and Gage;  father in law Robert Loper, and several nieces and nephews.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Shirley Gayford; his mother-in-law, Nancy Loper; and a nephew, Wade Bargy.

A remembrance of Doug’s life will be held at a later date.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at French Manor who took such good care of Doug.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Maureen Gayford, 2847 Frank St., Traverse City, MI 49686.

Arrangements are in the care of the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Please sign his online guestbook at

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