Douglas Allan Anderson, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on May 4, 2012, at his home. Doug was born on Oct. 28, 1955 at the Osaka Army Hospital in Kanaoka, Japan, the son of Allan Orville and Arlene LaBelle (White) Anderson. During his youth, Doug’s family relocated often as they followed his father’s service in the U.S. military. They resided on military bases in Japan, Texas, Alabama, Georgia and Germany. Doug’s family eventually settled in the Marysville area, where he completed his junior and senior high school education.
Doug graduated from Pilchuck High School in 1974 and then began work as a sales clerk in the auto parts industry. Before the age of 20, Doug was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given only months to live. He began treatment and “months” turned into “years”.
On June 20, 1981, he married Jo Donna Mack. Due to his continual struggle with health issues, it was impractical for Doug to work. In 1999, he and Jo D. moved to Tillamook, OR where they resided for two years. They then returned to Washington and made Colville their home. Through the grace of God, Doug was gifted with the health to return back to work after 25 years of disability. He began with a snowplowing business and man¬aged storage units for Dave Wasson. In 2004, Doug was given the opportunity to work in sales at the Home Design flooring business in Colville. He enjoyed this line of work and in 2008 began working at Hometown Flooring.
In 2011, Doug was again blessed with the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream. He earned his Commercial Driver’s License and began driving truck across the U.S. and into Canada. After three months of trucking, his heart longed for his family at home. Doug returned home, having completed his dream and with the knowledge of where his heart belonged. Doug was a gentle giant who had a genuine interest in people and their life stories. He had a huge heart and gave of what he had to help others. Doug considered every day a gift; he was given “years” where he was told “months” and relished in the op¬portunity to return to work after 25 years of disability. His patience, love, and friendship were qualities freely offered. They will be forever truly missed.
Doug is survived by his wife, Jo D. Anderson, Colville; two sisters, Linda Travers and husband, Bernie, Snohomish; Sonja Butler and husband, Larry, Stanwood; mother-in-law, Beverly Mack, Colville; brother-in-law, Randy Mack and wife, Heidi, Plains, MT; sister-in-law, Cynthia Noble and husband, John, British Columbia, nephews and nieces, Jenae Hart, Dave, Mark, Mary, James, Joseph, Stephen, Luke, Paul and Joshua Noble, Andrew and Bethany Mack. A memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12 at the First Baptist Church in Colville, with Pastor Dewayne Lebow officiating.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at HYPERLINK"http://www.danekasfuneralchapel.com/" www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Memorial contributions may be given either to the Doug Anderson Memorial at the First Baptist Church, 915 S. Cedar, Colville, WA 99114, or the Community College Book Scholarship Fund (509) 685-2131.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.
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