Douglas Allen Hunter, known affectionately as Doug, passed away peacefully at home on August 6, 2023. He was born on January 24, 1951 in Almont, Michigan, the son of the late, Allen Noble Hunter “Big Al” and Rose Ann (Pierce) Malloy. Doug was a pillar of his community, a loving family man, and a dedicated worker.
Doug was a proud graduate of Capac High School with the Class of 1969. His strong work ethic was evident throughout his career. He spent nearly two decades at Chrysler Transport and contributed to the construction of powerhouses with Bechtel Industries. As a union steward, Doug was a dedicated member of the Teamsters for nearly 25 years, advocating for his fellow workers’ rights and well being. He was strong willed and dedicated. He recently said, he did “150 years of work in the 72 years he lived.”
He married Juanita Hunter on July 20, 1968, in Capac. She passed away on February 3, 2019.
Doug’s interests were as diverse as they were passionate. He was a talented writer, contributing a column to the Tri-City Times that was well-loved by the community. He was deeply involved in local politics, lending his support to numerous campaigns and serving as Chairman of the Lynn Township planning commission. A lover of history, Doug had a particular interest in genealogy, the Civil War, and local history. He was also a lifelong crop and cattle farmer, and his love for animals, especially his cows, was well known.
Above all, Doug was a family man. His pride and joy was the time spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Jeffrey (Amber) Hunter of Clarkston and Doug (Aliece) Hunter of Imlay City; special friend, Lynn Cook; grandchildren, Stephanie (Aaron) Collins, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Hunter Jr., Jacob (Emily) Hunter, Morgan, Dillon, and Waylon Hunter; great-grandchildren, Kaden, Ava, Addison, Kamden, Caden, Keegan, Adlee, Jeffrey III, Quinn, and Ivy; siblings, Dick (Patricia), Dean (Jill), and Dan (Wendy) Hunter, and Darla (Jim) Detroyer; step-siblings, Cheryl (John) Fisher, Nancy Malloy, Maureen Elmore, Lynn (Lawrence) Malloy, John (Denise) Malloy, Bill (Mary Jane) Malloy, and Mike (Dawn) Higgins.
He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Jamie.
Doug was a man of humor, love, and spirit. His laughter was infectious, his love was unconditional, and his spirit was unbreakable. As Mark Twain once said, “The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.” Doug lived this truth, turning his passions into his life’s work and his love for his family into his life’s joy.
We remember Doug not just for his accomplishments, but for the man he was. His legacy will live on in the hearts of those who knew him, in the community he served, and in the family he loved so dearly. His memory will be a beacon of love, laughter, and dedication, inspiring all who knew him to live with the same passion and spirit.
A gathering and viewing will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2023, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Grace Memorial Life Celebration Center, 4521 Ravenswood Road, Kimball, MI 48074.
The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. and a sharing of memories will follow.
A funeral mass will be held Friday, August 11, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 10828 Brandon Rd, Emmett, MI 48022.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Lynn Township Cemetery.
His grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Tim Donnellon, Mike Wendling, and Hon. Cynthia Platzer will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials are suggested to the Capac Historical Society or the Capac Food Bank.
For more information and to leave online condolences, gracemem.com