Loving husband, amazing father, wonderful brother, playful grandfather and great-grandfather, loyal friend who was always dedicated to being the best person possible, Doug died on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 after a year-long battle with lung cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Nina (née Baer); daughters, Marci Dell (Steven), Heather Doty (Terry), Haley Hill (Helen); grandchildren, Bryan, Dustin (Mikayla), T.R., Devan, Kyra, Sumner, Evan, Marin, Amy and Megan; as well as great-granddaughter Kayleigh, all of whom he loved deeply and who adored and respected him.
Pre-deceased by his parents, Frank and Wanda Hill, and his sister Diana, Doug is survived by his sisters, Mary and Nancy; brothers, Don and Ken and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews as well as many loving relatives on Nina’s side of the family.
Born in Oregon on February 9, 1944, Doug married Nina on November 9, 1963. Daughter Marci was born in 1964 in Illinois; Heather in 1967 in California; and Haley in 1971 in BC. He always believed that if anything was worth doing, it was worth doing well, which he proved by being a devoted husband for 51 years, serving in the US Army, building a home like a pioneer on the southside of Francois Lake, lovingly raising three girls, working for the Natural Gas company for 20 years, retiring to Vancouver Island, and volunteering with BC Lung for 27 years. Over the years he was also involved in Rotary, Air Cadets, RCMP Auxiliary and was a volunteer fireman.
He loved children, travelling, sun and spending time with family and friends. Over the last three years, he was able to realize his lifelong dream of travelling in an RV with his wife.
Doug (Papa, Papa Doug) was adored by all who knew him and will be greatly missed. Anyone lucky enough to have known him is better for it.
A private family service was held on December 28th in Parksville, BC, at his request. It was his wish that in lieu of flowers, you would please consider donating to the BC Lung Association (www.bc.lung.ca)