As a native son of North Dakota, Doug basically grew up in an episode of little house on the prairie. Mom, Dad and the four little kids spent the first 10 years of Doug’s life on the prairie in a 20 ft. by 20 ft. house with no running water and no indoor plumbing. When Doug was 10, the family moved into town (huge at a pop. of 150). Doug was always a dreamer and once he graduated high school he joined the US Navy–mainly because he wanted to see the ocean and he wanted to see the world. Doug has always been restless and that took him through many diverse occupations, places he would call home and friends and acquaintances with varied backgrounds who would influence his life in many ways.
Out of all the things Doug has done in his life (managing a restaurant, a clothing store, selling insurance, and working in the oil business for many years, etc.) the most gratifying and rewarding was that of being a foster parent for 11 years in North Dakota. As the very first single male foster father in the state, he had the privilege and honor to share in the lives of nine kids who are now wonderful, contributing human beings.
And yes—He did get to see the ocean! He loves to sail and has done so with friends in many locations throughout the world. He loves art, music, animals and people. He would say there is always something to learn about yourself in interacting with others.
One of Doug’s favorite sayings (reportedly an old Native American one) is: “if you stop moving you turn to stone”. He keeps moving in this life, and says he never wants to stop learning, seeing and doing, which is one of the reasons he came to Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle. Always so much to learn, see and do here!