Truman 'Doug' Douglas

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2000

Kenai resident Truman "Doug" Douglas died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Nicholson's Assisted Living Center in Kenai. He was 82.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Pastor Randy Parshall will officiate. Mr. Douglas's ashes will be buried in Hickerson Cemetery in Homer at a later date.

Mr. Douglas was born May 25, 1918, in Jackson, Tenn. He was educated through high school and junior college. He moved to Alaska with his wife, Jeanette, in 1952, when Anchorage had one paved street, the family said. He built the Douglas Garage on the Old Seward Highway and Tudor Road. After a fire destroyed it and took his son James, he rebuilt the garage "with the generosity of Anchorage and friends," the family wrote.

Shortly thereafter, Mr. Douglas became a pilot and worked for Alaska Bush Carriers. He then purchased his own plane and became a Bush pilot and guide. He logged more than 8,000 hours flying. He delivered supplies, transported firefighters and performed rescues.

Mr. Douglas was a hunting and fishing guide; several of his camps were on the Kenai Peninsula. He later worked as an insurance agent in California. He retired from State Farm Insurance in Chico, Calif., in 1991. He returned to Alaska on June 6, 1995, and resided in Kenai.

Mr. Douglas was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. He was a charter member and governor of the Anchorage Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge and a member of the Moose Lodge of Kenai. He enjoyed automobiles and flying airplanes.

"Doug married the love of his life, Jeanette, in 1943. Upon her passing in May, he was never the same. He always had a story to tell, a smile that lit his face and knew no strangers, just friends. His love for flying, tinkering with mechanics and playing pinochle never left his memories," the family said.

Mr. Douglas was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette, who died May 10; sons Leonard and James Douglas; and grandson Steven Douglas.

He is survived by his sister Mae Constant and her husband Herbert of Danville, Calif.; daughter-in-law Katherine Godek of Kenai; daughters and sons-in-law Dennis and Mary Kaufman of Scots Valley, Calif., and Judy and Bill Downard of Escalon, Calif.; grandchildren Harmony Smith and Daneka Godek of Kenai, and Lisa and John Kaufman of California; great-grandchildren Toby, Carl, Caia, Owen and Madeline; nieces and nephews Robin, Glenn, Scott and Pam Siebert of Anchorage, Sharon Sparvoli of Concord, Calif., and Denise Sharma of Pleasanton, Calif.; and grandnieces and grandnephews Chelsie, Kristoffer and Nicholas Siebert of Anchorage.

Memorial donations may be sent to Mooseheart/Moosehaven Endowment Fund, Loyal Order of the Moose, Peninsula Lodge No. 1942, P.O. Box 1902, Kenai, AK 99611.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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