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Douglas Stuart Daniels

 

October 30, 2019

Douglas Stuart Daniels, 88, of Glenwood passed away on Oct. 19, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Doug was born Nov. 26, 1930, to Hugh Dean and Dora Irene "Kager" Daniels at Startup, Washington, the sixth of seven children. Doug lived in Startup until he was six years old. His family then moved to Sultan, Washington, where he attended school and graduated in 1950.

When Doug was in High School, he started working on the Suppression (Fire) Crews for the Department of Natural Resources (D.N.R.) during the summer breaks. In June of 1951 Doug was drafted into the Army and completed his basic training at Camp Roberts, California. Upon completion of his basic training he was sent to Presidio, California, to gain additional training to become a cook. He served as a cook in the Korean Conflict until his discharge in June of 1953. He returned to the states and began working again during the summers for the DNR in Deming, Washington. It was during this time he met Eloise Irene Smalley who was working as a 'fire lookout" on Deming Mountain. It didn't take long for Doug to decide that she was the one! They married June 20, 1954, in Eloise's home town of Parma, Idaho.

Doug attended Everett Junior College from 1953-1955. From there, he went on to attend the University of Washington, receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Forestry in June 1958. After graduation he got a job working for the Oregon Department of Forestry in Coos Bay, Oregon and Canyonville, Oregon, from June of 1958 to November of 1963. He later returned to the DNR first working at Shelton, Washington, until his transfer to Glenwood in February of 1965. Doug retired as Local Land Manager for the DNR in December of 1991.

During his retirement years, he and his wife Eloise were able to enjoy many travels, several memorable trips with close friends. Some of Doug's favorites include watching Mariner Baseball, college football (especially his Alma Mater -The Washington Huskies), morning coffee with the "coffee crew," looking for wildlife (elk, turkeys, deer), and most especially spending time with his beloved family.

He is survived by his sisters Reda Buhl Keller-Shelton, Washington, and Ena Totten of Sultan, Washington; daughters Kim (Roger) Gleckner Goldendale and Hillary (Greg) Schreiber Lynnwood, Washington; daughter-in-law Susan Daniels of Vancouver, Washington; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Dora; his brothers, Hugh Dean, Shirley, and Jim; sister Patsy; his wife, Eloise, and son, Alan.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Doug's life will be held at the Glenwood School at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, with Pastor Butch Hallenbeck officiating.

 

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