Douglas James Casson
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Great Falls —Douglas James Casson, 46, of Great Falls, passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at his residence. Visitation is Tuesday, August 12, from 6-8pm in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home. The Funeral Service is also at Croxford's, Wednesday, August 13, at 3pm with burial and military honors to follow at Highland Cemetery.
Doug was born on February 2, 1968 in Great Falls to parents Larry and Barbara Casson. After graduating high school in 1987, he married his beloved wife of 26 beautiful years, Tina Casson, in Caribou Maine in 1988. Together they brought 2 wonderful children into the world; their daughter Allison Faith and son Christopher Douglas. Throughout the course of their marriage, Doug proudly served 3 years of active duty in the United States Air Force before serving in the Montana Air National Guard, where he stayed until retiring in 2006. While serving in the Air National Guard, Doug proudly volunteered his time, service and safety in Kuwait and Iraq during the Iraqi Freedom.
Throughout the course of Doug's life, he worked a variety of jobs, but all with the same core principle of saving lives. He was ambitious and devoted to the calling of emergency services. At one time he was a full-time EMT, Fire Fighter, MANG and Volunteer Fire Fighter! Yet always remained a devoted and loving husband and father. He served not only to rescue and protect those in danger, but to serve and protect his family which he loved very much and was proud to have in his life.
No matter how many jobs he seemed to take on all at once, he always enjoyed the life he helped build at home with Tina and the kids. Doug enjoyed camping, traveling, building model cars, collecting train sets and antique fireman gear or just sitting around a campfire with his beloved family and friends.
Doug had many accomplishments to be proud of; Chief of the Black Eagle Fire Department, volunteer fire fighter, part owner of Big Sky Paramedics, and at the time of his passing, he was serving the Vaughn Fire Department as Safety Officer and Black Eagle QRU.
Survivors are Tina Casson; daughter Allison Casson; son, Christopher Casson; mother, Barbara Casson; sister, Sandra (Brett) Herzog; brothers, Brian (Jess) Casson, Michael (Amy) Casson, Andrew Casson, David (Jaime) Disbrow; nieces and nephews, Mallory, Tucker, Augustus Herzog, Matthew, Nicholas, Michael Casson, Haile Casson, Drake Disbrow.
Doug was preceded in death by his father, Larry Casson; uncle, Tom Davidson and grandmother, Gwen Davidson.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.croxfordfunerahome.com
Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory
1307 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59401
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Aug. 10, 2014