Douglas Chapman, 71, of Midland, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 5, 2013, at Woodland Hospice in Mt. Pleasant, after a five month struggle with brain and lung cancer. He was born in Belmont, Mass., on March 15, 1942, the second child of Theodore and Beatrice (Strong) Chapman. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts and Michigan State University
, and received a master's degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Ohio State University
. Doug worked for the Cooperative Extension Service in Genesee County, then in Midland County. For over thirty years, he was the Director of Dow Gardens, which he said was "the best job in Midland." On June 18, 1966, he married Joan Marie Young in Flint. They celebrated their 47th anniversary in MidMichigan Medical Center three days after his cancer diagnosis. When asked what he wanted his obituary to say, he replied "Just say â€˜He loved his family and he loved plants.'"
Doug has three sons, Michael of San Francisco, Calif., David and his wife Kim of Aurora, Colo. and Brian and his wife Kathy of Wilmette, Ill. His grandchildren were the light of his life, Sophie, Maddie, Ryan, Phillip, Bea and Claire. He is also survived by two brothers and one sister and their spouses, Ted and Ginny of Kansas, Mo., Sandra and Pat Sweeney of North Beach, Md., and Bob and Sue of Freedom, N.H.. His in-laws are Cecilia and Bill Macksood of Grand Blanc and Donna and Greg Phillips of Granger, Ill. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
The funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Midland. Father Kevin Maksym will officiate, with cremation to follow. Private family committal services will take place later in the Midland Cemetery. Doug's family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St., Midland, on Friday from 3-7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the liturgy. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Woodland Hospice, 2597 S. Meridian Rd. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 or Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.