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Darwin Douglas Doane

March 10, 1924 June 12, 2016
Darwin Douglas Doane
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Darwin Douglas Doane
March 10, 1924 – June 12, 2016

Darwin Douglas Doane, 92, of Brookings died June 12, 2016, at his home from lung cancer.

Doug was born March 10, 1924, in Reedsport, to Clarence Sr. and Frieda Doane.

He graduated from Reedsport High School in 1942.

During World War II, Doug served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946. He graduated from boot camp in San Diego with top marksmanship awards. He served combat time in the Marshall Islands and Okinawa.

Following Doug’s honorable discharge as a staff sergeant in1946, he served in the Marine Reserves, and worked for his brother in the woods out of Reedsport.

He moved to Brookings to work for Esselstrom Logging in 1963, until he retired in 1986.

Doug was a lifetime member of Elks Lodge 1934, recently celebrating his 61st year as a member. He was also a member of the Early Ford V8 Club, Medford Chapter.

After retiring Doug lived his dream of restoring antique cars to stock condition. His passion led to his being one of the founding members of the Curry County Cruisers car club. Doug restored several cars in his lifetime, but his ultimate restoration came in the form of a ‘56 T-Bird. In 2001, after fully restoring that car with his friend Lauren Porsch, he went on to capture the Gold Medallion Award — the highest honor — at the Classic Thunderbird Club International in Las Vegas. This title is one many covet, but few attain, and he was proud to have won the award with his first show. At the time of his death he was restoring a ‘32 Ford Three Window Coupe.

Doug is survived by his wife Dorothy "Dottie" L. Doane whom he married in 1980; stepchildren David L. Satterlee Jr. and Diane Grant; grandchildren Nicole Samhammer, Crystal Cooper and Jason Satterlee; great-grandchild Alivia Satterlee. Also surviving are various nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother Clarence Doane.

Cremation is under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel.

At Doug’s request a memorial service will not be held. His ashes will be scattered at sea at a later date.

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