West Danville, VT: Douglas Campbell Button, age 84, of Lemay Road, passed quietly at the Morrison Nursing Home in Whitefield, NH, on Saturday, December 3, 2022, where he resided for the past year and a half.
Doug was born in Albany, NY, on February 15, 1938, son to the late Thomas Edwin and Claire (Osborne) Button. He was raised and educated in New Canaan, CT, graduating from St. Luke’s School in the Class of 1956, matriculating to Clarkson College where he received a BA in Mechanical Engineering in 1960. Doug was a Captain in the US Army ordnance corps, then in the Reserves. In 1961 he married Margaret E. Hughes and they shared 61 years together. They raised their family in Southbury, CT until moving to Vermont in 1997. Doug obtained his Professional Engineering license and made use of his degree throughout his entire life working for a number of Mechanical and Consulting Engineering companies including CPI and IDEA in conjunction with IBM, GE, Scovill and Timex. He worked for Hallam Associates in So. Burlington, retiring in 2000, and also started his own consulting firm under D&M Associates for a time after. Doug was able to travel all around the world on projects and loved it. He was always active and enjoyed hiking and camping with the family. He and Marge hiked the “48 Peaks” in New Hampshire during all the seasons, repeating some multiple times, becoming known as Peak Baggers. Together they traveled America camping, hiking, and hitting most all the National Parks while visiting the highest peak in each state they crossed. Doug enjoyed his second childhood as the kids were growing up in Southbury; he took up motocross and raced many tracks across southern New England, competing also in several Enduros through the woods. He moved into mountain biking and added the Vermont 50 to his accomplishments. None of these were more important than his family. He was always proud of them and their own particular accomplishments, lending them support when they asked and later to his grandkids. Over the past 10 years Doug and Marge took their winters in Destin, FL, where they made many friends, played tennis, and kept very active.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Marge, of W. Danville, his 3 children: Keith Button and wife, Martha, of Hampton, NH, Karen Pastula and husband, David, of W. Danville, Christine Button and husband, Gerard Marciano, of Tarrytown, NY, his twin brother, Donald Button, of Cheshire, CT & Ormond, FL, 5 grandchildren: Katharine Bishop (Patrick), Meghan Elliott (Christopher), Sarah Pastula, James Pastula, Sasha Marciano and 2 great-grandchildren: Isaac Elliott and Juniper Bishop.
There will be no calling hours or services at this time. Memorial contributions in Doug’s name can be made to The Morrison Nursing Home, 6 Terrace Street, Whitefield, NH, 03598.