Douglas Franz, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on Jan. 26, 2014 in Spokane at the age of 67. Doug was born Jan. 22, 1947 in Colville, the son of Warren Harding and Ethel Irene (McCleary) Franz.
Doug was raised in Kettle Falls, where he attended school. In 1965, he graduated from Kettle Falls High School and then enÂ¬listed in the U.S. Air Force. Doug served for three years, four months and two days and was honorably discharged on May 29, 1969.
He returned to Colville where he worked with his father at the service station. Doug then purchased and operated the Texaco Service Station on the corner of 3rd and Main in Colville. He sold the business in the early 1980â€™s and continued working in fuel distribution. Doug provided petroÂ¬leum products to fuel staÂ¬tions in Stevens and Ferry counties. He then took the opportuÂ¬nity to change careers and accepted a temporary job that led to a career with Vaagen Brothers LumÂ¬ber Company for approxiÂ¬mately 30 years. He began working for Vaagen Bros. Lumber, turning wrenches in the truck shop. Doug then became a saw filer, which he took great pride in. More recently, he served as the plant safety manager. He enjoyed his work with Vaagen Bros. Lumber and his work was recognized with two Employee of the Month commendations and one Employee of the Year.
Doug continued working following the diagnosis of his recent illness. He fought courageously and never gave up his wonderÂ¬ful sense of humor or his passion to serve the needs of others. Doug truly embraced lifeâ€™s little adventures, twists and turns, and the occasional stumble. He was the biggest â€śkidâ€ť in the family during the Christmas season and earned the nick-name â€śSnowmanâ€ť for the countless hours he pushed and â€śplayedâ€ť in the snow with his plow.
He also took great pride in the care and appearance of his veÂ¬hicles. Doug had a large and well-organized video library which he enjoyed with his family. He was often the cameraman and rarely missed a chance to attend family gatherings, as well as, family sporting, music and school events. He instilled in his family the value of work, both on the job and at home. Doug placed great value in his wifeâ€™s loving guidance and occasionally spoiled himself with an extra cookie, tool and/or shopping exÂ¬cursion. He was a gifted wood worker and enjoyed gifting the works of his hands. Doug had immeasurable love that showed in his faith, family and fellowship with friends. His eclectic colÂ¬lection of tree frogs and M & M memorabilia will offer smiles and countless memories for generations to come.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ethel, in 1986 and by his father, Warren, in 2013.
Doug is survived by his wife, Deanie Franz, Colville; his chilÂ¬dren, Gary Franz and wife, Sabrina, Colville; Wendy Rogers and husband, Darrel, Colville; Brandi Franz and Tyler of Ferndale; Josh Franz and wife, Tanya, Ocala, FL; grandchildren, BranÂ¬don, Camaron, Shenea and husband, Justin, Aubrey, Emily, Megan, Gabriel, Jadyn, Kami, Sierra, Tyler, Cody, Kyleigh, Katelyn; great-grandchildren, Zachary and Trevin; Sister Carol and husband Harry, Somerset England; step-mom, Jean Franz, Colville.
The memorial service for Doug Franz was held Feb. 4 at the Ag-Trade Center in Colville. Dougâ€™s wish for memorial contriÂ¬butions is simply to â€śpay-it-forwardâ€ť by offering love and kindÂ¬ness to those in your life and donâ€™t forget to call Grandma Deanieâ€™s to order and send those same people a balloon, candy and Valentineâ€™s wish (wink, wink).
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.