Doug was born and raised in Miles City and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1969. His father owned and operated DeLuxe Motors, the
Montana State University, graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 1974. Following his father’s footsteps, Doug joined the Navy and became a Naval Aviator. In 1975, hejoined his first VP squadron in Moffett Field, CA, flying the P-3 which is a 4-engine turboprop aircraft used in anti-submarine warfare (ASW). During his next tour, while stationed at Whidbey Island with VA-128, he met his future wife, Christine. They married in August of 1980 with plans to see the world and raise a family. Matt, the first of their island babies, was born in Sept 1981.
Orders and Opportunities followed. The first duty station as a family was at Anti-Submarine Warfare Operations Center, Lajes Air Force Base, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal for two years and their second island baby, Nick was born on Terceira Island in Sept 1984.
After Lajes, they transferred to the Naval War College at Newport, RI, to attend the Command and Staff College for a year. Doug earned two masters degrees (Strategic Studies and International Relations) while in Newport.
They were then transferred to VP-17, Barbers Point, Hawaii for Doug’s last operational command in anti-submarine warfare and is where Katie Lee, the last of their island babies was born in March 1987.
In 1988, they took a set of orders to Naples, Italy to join the the staff which controlled all of the US Navy logistical support throughout the Mediterranean Sea, Doug worked in Operations and Plans for COMFAIRMED. Naples provided an excellent opportunity to continue their plans to see the world. They were able to visit many parts of Europe including Italy and other neighboring countries.
In 1990, Doug transferred to Headquarters, European Command, J-3 Operations Directorate, located in Stuttgart, Germany and was a command duty officer for the Crisis Action Team which monitored and controlled operations in Northern Iraq and the Balkans.
In 1994, he received orders to his final duty station at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Pt Mugu, CA where he was involved with flying the P-3 range aircraft and managing all of the aviation personnel as the executive officer. He retired as a Navy Commander (O-5) after 21 years of service and with over 4600 hrs of accumulated flight time.
Choosing to live in Whitefish, they moved with three children and a trailer full of essential items to survive the summer of 1995 and prepare for another new school in the fall. Chris becamE immediately involved with the schools and local fundraising.
Doug was fortunate enough to be hired by Semitool in Kalispell to initially manage training and documentation for Semitherm. He soon transferred to technical marketing to present Semitool’s products to the semiconductor industry. He travelled extensively to Asia to meet with and answer technical questions from customers.
In 1999, Doug became a real estate agent and joined RE/MAX of Whitefish where he spent the next 14 years. During this time, Doug participated with the Northwest Montana Association of REALTORS, joined the Kiwanis Club in Whitefish, served on the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce board, Boy Scout Troop 36 Committee Chairman, and other volunteer organizations. He was honored to be selected as Realtor of the Year for 2011. Since 2015, he
has been a Broker associated with National Parks Realty - Whitefish where he works with his son, Matt.