Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Carl Douthey, 72, of Onalaska entered his first day of heaven on Feb. 9, 2015, surrounded by his wife and children. His faith in the Lord helped him bravely fight his battle with cancer this past year.
Carl was born on May 29, 1942 in Devers, Texas. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Eversole and the USS Hole as a boatswain’s mate third class from 1959 to 1963 and received an honorable discharge.
Throughout his life, Carl held jobs in many fields, including owning and operating a commercial fishing vessel in Sandpoint, Alaska. For the past 23 years, he worked as a safety supervisor; this gave him the opportunity to travel internationally — something he thoroughly enjoyed.
Carl was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for hunting and camping. He shared this passion with many of his friends. He also found great pleasure in riding his horses in the mountains. Carl loved adventure from an early age. As a young man, he received his FAA pilot and instructor licenses. He owned several planes and passed on his love of aviation to his sons.
Carl was a man of God who lived as a strong example of His grace and love. His unwavering devotion to God inspired many.
Carl is survived by his wife, Lynda, of 43 years; sons Justin Douthey of Snohomish and Anthony Bell of Centralia; daughters Charolette Mace of Kent, Stacie Backus of Warren, Ore., and Brenda Webb of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his twin sister Karen Mangham of Houston, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his son Russell Douthey, mother Lois Ellis, father Howard Douthey, sisters Evelyn Wharton and Billie Priest, and brother Leon Douthey.
A funeral service will be held Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at 3 p.m. at Toledo First Baptist Church in Toledo. Prior to the service, there will be an open viewing that begins at 1:30 p.m. A reception will follow the service.
The graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at 12 p.m. at Beaver Creek Cemetery in Twisp.