d. April 26, 2013
Douglas Wilson, beloved husband and father, passed away on April 26, 2013, after a courageous nine-year battle with colon cancer. Doug is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbara, and his two daughters, Lisa and Jenny. He is also survived by his sons-in-law, Chris Prince and Mike Owens, and his granddaughter Tess.
Doug was an inspirational coach and teacher to many, and his love of sports was his lifelong passion. He was an avid 49ers fan, Dodgers fan and Boston Red Sox fan, and Celtics and Warriors fan. His dream to make it to a game at Fenway Park came true this past summer with his family.
Doug also loved to play sports — he was a lifelong softball player until his cancer prevented it; he was an avid golfer (playing St. Andrews in Scotland was a special memory), bowler and founding member of the Davis Bolf league. Doug has been an avid fantasy football commissioner since it was first started in the 1980s.
Anyone who knew Doug also knew one of his other passions was games — especially of the gambling variety. Backgammon, poker and blackjack kept him engaged and competitive until the end. With his family, board and card game nights were some of his favorites and filled with many happy memories.
But, Doug’s true love was his wife Barbara and his daughters. He courageously battled through stage 4 cancer all these years to spend some more amazing times with his family. Giving away both of his daughters at their weddings were the happiest times of his life. He was also able over these years to take trips with his family to Alaska, the Greek Islands, Prince Edward Island and Boston, Yosemite, Disneyland, Carlsbad Caverns, and many more.
Finally, Doug had a love of life, humor (Dave Barry was one of his favorites), dorkiness (to drive his family crazy), and movies. Doug’s positive attitude and NBD (no big deal) approach to surgeries and chemo have inspired all who knew him. He will be missed tremendously by all who knew and loved him.
Doug and Barbara would like to thank all their family and friends for their support over the years, and to Doug’s amazing caregivers at Woodland Healthcare (Dr. Alali, Michelle, Dr. Ewens, Dr. Lurie, Jennifer, Elvira, Maria, Brie and the oncology team) who have so wonderfully looked after him over the years, Dr. Thomas Semrad at UCD and finally to Dr. Yee and Yolo Hospice (Ted and Ruth) for their comfort and help at the end.
A memorial picnic is being planned for May 19, 2013, at Mace Ranch Park at 11 a.m. Donations in Doug’s memory can be made to the Colon Cancer Alliance at www.ccalliance.org.com, Fight Colorectal Cancer at www.fightcolorectalcancer.org or the Friends of the Arboretum at http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/donate.aspx.