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Doug Garner


Douglas Christopher Garner was born 12/25/1950 to Leo and Dorothy (Davis) Garner in Toppenish, WA. He passed away on March 20, 2015.

Doug spent his childhood in Goldendale. He worked for several farmers in the area until he joined the US Marine Corps in 1969. He trained in tanks, and spent the next 20 years serving around the world, including Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Cuba, Italy, Turkey, Norway, and Tunisia. Doug was one of the first Marines to serve with the Corps’ Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) and was active in the field testing in 29 Palms and writing and teaching the course work for the first training school at Camp Pendleton. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for his contribution to the program.

Doug shared a total solar eclipse with Jennifer Thompson on February 26, 1979, and they were married in July of the same year, spending the next 13 years in California.

After retiring from the military, Doug completed course work in gunsmithing and welding at Lassen College in Susanville, CA, and set up his business, Celilo Gunworks, in The Dalles in 1992. He operated the business until 2006 when he closed it due to declining health.

Doug was an expert marksman and served on the base rifle team while stationed at Camp Pendleton. He was a life time member of the NRA and a shooting instructor. Doug encouraged participation in gun sports and was active in gun clubs in California and Oregon. He always said women were naturally better shooters than men and helped coach them to success.

Besides shooting, Doug enjoyed good scotch, pinochle, and the company of friends. The family cabin in the Simcoe Mountains was a favorite place and throughout his life he spent as much time as possible there.

Doug loved his childhood dog, Groucho, and as soon as he retired, immediately picked out a puppy. Pam, Sarah, Grendel and, most recently, Freya, were his close companions.

Doug is survived by his wife, Jennifer; sons, Zach Clements and Chris Garner; his sister and brother, Cindy Garner and Steve Garner; and 6 grandchildren, Missy, Heather, Marryssa, Ethan, Harley and Richard. He is also survived by extended family and a group of great friends.

A celebration of his life will be held on April 11, 1:00 p.m., behind the house at 316 W 4th St., The Dalles, OR. Bring a lawn chair and favorite beverage.


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