Douglas D. MacPherson, 74, died on January 17, 2021. A native of New Jersey, he moved to Central Florida in the 1950s. Doug graduated from Edgewater High School in Orlando and went on to serve his country in the United States Air Force. He was a proud graduate of the University of South Florida’s College of Engineering and was the first person to graduate from USF with a degree in computer science. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the oldest engineering honor society and the second-oldest collegiate honor society in the United States. In 1973, Dean Edgar W. Kopp, Jr., invited Doug to be an exchange student in Yugoslavia; he enthusiastically accepted and spent an additional amount of time backpacking through Europe at the completion of the semester.
After graduating from college, Doug married Lynda, his college sweetheart. After several years of working for others and teaching college, he found his niche as an entrepreneur. Over the course of the next 40 years, he owned a variety of businesses—from a computer repair shop, to a bankcard encoding company, to a bulk mail house, to a political consulting firm. He holds numerous invention patents, including an automatic vehicle transmission tester.
Doug was a patriot who was passionate about downsizing government. He ran for Florida state representative twice, once losing the election by fewer than 50 votes. He later used his grassroots experience to help other Republican candidates win elections.
Affectionately known as “Grumps,” Doug loved his cat, his granddog, gardening, pestering his only grandchild, stamp collecting, and tormenting his homeowner’s association. His corny jokes and annoying antics will be sorely missed.
Doug is survived by his wife, daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. Private interment will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
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