Donald W DouglasFebruary 11, 1932 ~ July 25, 2017 (age 85)
Donald W. “Doug” Douglas
Donald W. “Doug” Douglas, passed away of natural causes on July 25, 2017 with family by his side.
“Doug’s” much faceted life is reflected by his various “nicknames”. To list a few, he was “Donnie” to his parents and siblings, “ Doug” to his wife and schoolmates, “Dad” to us kids, “Papa” to his Grandchildren, Dougie Donut or “Top Bun” to his bakery friends and “stale store” ladies, Gypo to his horse buddies, and the Rhymestone Cowboy to his poem connoisseurs. No matter the name he was well loved and respected by those who knew him; a good and honest man, a loyal friend and devoted family man and brother.
Doug was born on February 11, 1932 to Warne Clifford Douglas and Bessie Margarette Allen Douglas, in Emmett Idaho where he resided until joining the Air Force in May of 1951.
Doug served in the Air Force (1094th) as Military Police, guarding the A-bomb bases at Killeen Texas and Manzano New Mexico, honorably discharged in 1955. He met and married his wife of 63 years, Darlene Lydia Kordick in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1954, their first son, Steve, was born there.
Doug a hard working farm and ranch hand in his youth was proud that he got paid the “wages of two grown men” because he doubled the daily work of others on the crew. He started his “bread man” career in Albuquerque after the service. Moving to Boise Idaho before their second son John was born in 1957, he continued his bread career by joining Eddy Bakeries. He stayed with the company well beyond the birth of their third child Sue two years later; working through its transition to Interstate Brands Corporation, retiring in 2012 the age of 80. He well deserved his nickname of “Dougie Donut”.
Doug enjoyed breaking, training and riding horses. He was equally at ease in the arena or on a steep trail in the rugged Idaho Mountains. He spent a very special summer volunteering for the Payette National Forest. He and his high school friend, Joe Coburn, rode their own horses throughout the forest using GPS to confirm many spring locations for the Forest record base. Doug loved his horses. He won many awards for cow cutting on his favorite horse, Monty Bars.
As the Rhymestone Cowboy, Doug wrote a poem for Monty Bars as well as poems about his other horses, hunting and camping trips, and his friends and family. He often revealed more in his poems than he could share out loud. He was proud of being published.
After retirement he tended his -Garden of ‘Eatin’- along with three other gardens on their two acres in Boise. When faced with more produce than Darlene could preserve, he would set-up a roadside stand by the house and much to people’s surprise give it away for free.
At work, Doug always found time to talk with the many employees, customers and fellow workers at the bakery and on his bread routes. This motivated him to work until he was eighty although he could have retired much earlier. He took pride in his uncanny ability to be able to greet them all by their names even if they had not seen one another for many years. He cherished the friendships of his special “stale store” ladies immensely, especially in the later years.
Donnie/Doug/Dad/Papa loved his family. He was proud of all of us and we were proud of him. He is missed.
Doug is preceded in death by his mother and father, brother Bobby, and sisters Sharon and Rena Mae.
Doug is survived by his wife Darlene, his children Steve (Julie), John (Allison), and Sue (Mike), Grandchildren Jamie (Ben) and Joe, his sister Bonnie, and special lifelong “second daughter” Danette (John) Cragin as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Inurnment with military honors at 2:00 pm (arrive by 1:50) on Thursday August 3rd at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise. A Celebration of Life and luncheon begins at noon on Saturday August 26th at the Western Riding Club, W. Riding Club Lane (South on Cole Road, east on Amity Road it becomes Umatilla Ave continue southeast on Umatilla Ave. to the sign for Western Riding Club to the east, this is W Riding Club Lane-Call Marion at 208-571-1878 if you need directions).
Charitable Donations can be made to Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Phoenix Arizona or Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation or the charity of your choice. Remembrances can be left at www.bowmanfuneral.com.
A special thank you to all of the wonderful in-home, facility, and hospice caregivers who looked after him over the last two years. Go PACKERS, was frequently heard at all of his residences, as he was sporting all things Green Bay and watching the games.