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Business leader Barrett, 67, dies

Doug Barrett, president of Cascade TEK in Hillsboro and former chairman of the board of the Greater Hillsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Board, died Sept. 14. BARRETT

Barrett had served as chairman of the board from January 2013 up until illness forced him to step down earlier this year. He was a respected business leader and heavily involved in Hillsboro’s civic life from the time he first arrived in Hillsboro.

“The community has lost a great leader and business champion,” said Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey. “Doug was always available to give of his own time and money to help promote community ideals. We will miss him.”

In 2011, Barrett received the “Outstanding Business Leader Award” from Community Action, a Hillsboro-based nonprofit organization that supports low-income families with financial and housing assistance. The award is given to key partners who go above and beyond in the battle to end poverty in Washington County.

Upon receiving the award, Barrett explained his passion for helping others in a very personal level.

“I had very humble beginnings,” he said, “which is why I feel strongly about giving back.”

In a commentary in a Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce newsletter from 2013, Barrett said he moved to Oregon in 1991 with “basically the shirt on my back.”

“My ‘office’ was the card table I set up in my apartment,” he wrote. “I scheduled business meetings to avoid the lunch hour, because I simply lacked the means to pick up the tab. When I started Cascade TEK, I chose to locate in Hillsboro because that is where my customers were … for many reasons, Hillsboro has been a very important part of my success.”

At the end of the same commentary, he revealed his love for Hillsboro.

“It is said that you reap what you sow,” Barrett explained. “In Hillsboro, we are sowing the seeds of a great city and a great community. As board chair for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, it is an honor to be in a position to contribute to this effort.”

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