C. Douglas "Doug" Lanphear passed suddenly from this life to his next adventure Nov. 8, 2011. He was born on June 9, 1956, in Bozeman to Donald Douglas Lanphear and Dona (McNeil) Lanphear. He was joined in the family by his sisters, Shawna and Cheryl.
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Doug was active in sports, starting with Little League baseball, football and high school wrestling. He enjoyed a good intellectual challenge as demonstrated by his high school years at Bozeman Senior High School where he started the Chess Club and took third place in the state tournament; his lifelong love of reading all things, but especially history of Montana or the Civil War, and writing of poetry. He was also a member of BSHS and MSU bands, playing the trombone, baritone or tuba. As a teen, his summers were spent fishing and water skiing at Canyon Ferry with family and friends.
After graduating from BSHS and attending his first year at MSU, he met and married the love of his life, Stacy E. Ferguson, of Bozeman on June 25, 1976, at Hope Lutheran Church. When his father became ill, Doug passed up an electrical engineering scholarship to take over the insurance agency his father had started. Doug and Stacy have owned and operated it since that time, and have now been joined by Cheryl.
He caught the golf bug while playing at Riverside Country Club with his dad, where he had his hole-in-one at age 16. He won the Bozeman City Championship twice, and played in his first Montana state senior tourney at Valley View this year. Wanting more for the club, he was the general contractor to get the back 9 built at Valley View.
Doug enjoyed trying new things and he could convince everyone how much fun it would be. He was an avid rock hound, digging for crystals at Crystal Park or washing dirt for sapphires, hunting garnets, and panning for gold. He enjoyed growing cucumbers and was looking forward to his first foray into hay-bale gardening in the spring. He always loved the bonfires and barbecues with family and friends in the backyard. He rallied the family for exploring excursions throughout Montana and filled in everyone with the history, better than any tour guide.
Doug found an outlet for his creativity in model railroading. He built HO- and N-scale layouts, and most recently built several notable N-scale modules. He was named Most Artistic Modeler in October 2008, and was currently the secretary of the Montana NTrak club. He was also a member of the G-scale railroad club where he excelled at creating the buildings for outside tracks. He truly enjoyed the camaraderie of the railroad groups.
He was a member of Grand Avenue Christian Church, Masonic Lodge No. 18 and the Al Bedoo Shrine. He took the reins from his good friend, Bud Norris, as head of the annual Heart Fund Golf Tournament and that led to his role as chairman of the Montana Heart Association.
Doug was preceded in death by his father, Don; grandparents, Bob and Frances Lanphear; step-grandfather, Frank Beltz; grandparents, Don and Nina McNeil; uncle, Larry Babich; and aunt, Betty Lanphear Standard.
He is survived by his wife, Stacy; mother, Dona Lanphear; sisters, Shawna and Cheryl; his uncle and aunt, John and Debbie McNeil; aunt, Sherry Babich of Vancouver, Wash.; parents-in-law, Hayden and Marlene Ferguson, all of Bozeman; and numerous cousins.
Graveside services for family and friends will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at Sunset Hills Cemetery. Memorial services will follow at 2 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Pioneer Museum, 317 W. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59715; or to the Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, for Cardiac Services, 931 Highland Blvd. Suite 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, 2011