Dr. Duane Douglas (1942 - 2007)

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Funeral services for Dr. Duane Douglas, DVM, of Sidney will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at the Assembly of God Church in Sidney, Mont. Interment will be in the Sidney Cemetery under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home of Sidney.

Duane Morris Douglas was born Oct. 20, 1942, in Beach, N.D., to Morris Ottie Douglas and Cleone Elizabeth (Curl) Douglas. He was raised on the Douglas Hereford Ranch south of Wibaux, Mont. He attended a small country school through fifth grade and was then educated in Beach, graduating in 1961.

Duane received his bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 1965 from Montana State University in Bozeman. He earned his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., in 1969.

On June 17, 1967, Duane married Sheryl Diane Smith at First Lutheran Church in Beach. They made their home in Sidney, where Duane founded Douglas Veterinary Clinic in 1972. They raised two sons, Dustin and Rustin.

In the spring of 1994, Duane and Sheryl purchased Meyers Ranch Supply. They expanded the business and ran it in conjunction with the clinic for several years. Duane and Sheryl sold the Douglas Veterinary Clinic in 2001 and concentrated on expanding and relocating All-West Ranch Supply, adding Creekside Clothiers and the Picnic Basket Deli, which are mainstays in the Sidney community today.

From early childhood through each step of his life, Duane exhibited a love and understanding of animals. His ability to interact with, diagnose and treat them was astounding to all who knew "Doc."

Duane's compassion for animals was only matched by his compassion for the people he knew. He demonstrated strength and love for the people in his life as a result of good nurturing in his childhood in the Douglas family, from friends and coaches, as well as his faith in God, the father of Jesus Christ.

As a Life-Loyal Sigma Chi, he learned the importance of brotherhood from the friendships he made in the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Duane and his sons Dustin and Rustin have carried on the Sigma Chi tradition in their lives and relationships and upheld the strong beliefs their father instilled in them, God, family and friendships.

Duane was community-minded and held positions on the board of First Bank of Sidney, the Sidney School Board, the Sidney Chamber of Commerce, the Sidney Community Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and the Sidney-Richland Airport Authority Board.

Duane's business associations included: The American Veterinary Medical Association, the Montana Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Society for Theriogenology.

He served his profession as a member of the House of Delegates to the American Veterinary Medical Association from 1995 to 2002, as a member and past president of the Montana Veterinary Medical Association, as a two-term member and past president of the Board of Veterinary Examiners for the state of Montana and as a member of the Montana Alternative Livestock Advisory Board.

He will be remembered for his faith in God, his deep love and devotion to his family, his charming knack for practical joking, his wisdom and leadership skills, his ability to find humor in any situation and, especially, by his sons for his "old-man strength."

Duane loved to fly and was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He participated in sports and played on state championship basketball teams in high school, continuing to play basketball with friends and family throughout the years. He enjoyed cooking and gardening, fishing and hunting with his sons, his pets and any animal program he could find on TV.

Dr. Duane Douglas died on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 8, 2007 at his home.

Duane is survived by his wife, Sheryl; two sons, Dustin (Erin) Douglas of Billings and Rustin (Crystal) Douglas of Belgrade; his mother, Cleone Douglas of Wibaux; his sister, Arlene (Bunny) McBride of Iowa City, Iowa; his brother, Paul (Joann) Douglas of Medora, N.D., and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Morris Douglas, and an infant son, Heath Douglas.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 12, 2007
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