Douglas H Skaggs
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06/10/1934 - 03/15/2012
Douglas H. Skaggs of Caldwell passed away in Fallbrook, California on March 15, 2012- or as pilots say regarding the passing of pilots, he's flown West. At Doug's request, there will be no services. Doug was born in Southgate, California on June 10, 1934 to parents Henry and Virginia Muir Skaggs. He attended school in Lynwood, California.
I, his wife, Colleen Shea Skaggs, was lucky enough to have been asked by Doug to marry him and he also inherited a daughter, my daughter, Kelly Lynn. Doug and I were married for 56 years and I would loved to have had another 56 years.
Doug, even as a young boy, always had a strong work ethic, with two newspaper routes and at age fourteen he had an after school job as a dishwasher in a restaurant. At eighteen he worked for Pond Trucking as a truck driver in Long Beach, California and later as office manager and a dispatcher.
In 1957 Doug was drafted into the U.S. Army and completed his basic training at Ft. Ord, California where he was awarded his company's sharp-shooter trophy. After basic training he was sent to Ft. Rucker, Alabama to attend the U.S. Army Fixed Wing and Helicopter Maintenance School.
After his discharge from the Army Doug attended Long Beach City College and graduated with an AA degree in Electronics. His long-held dream was to become a pilot and he completed his private, commercial and instrument training in Long Beach and was hired by the Flying Tigers Airline, a national and world wide cargo and charter airline where he flew CL-44's, DC-8's and the Boeing 747 as captain. His flights took him all over the world and with it came a wealth of stories to be related.
On his time off and vacations, with the generous Airline Interline Travel discounted rates, we were able to enjoy years of travel around the world.
After his retirement at 55, Doug bought a Cessna 182 and we had a second home in Baja on the Sea of Cortez where we loved the boating and fishing and underwater life, scuba diving and snorkeling.
Doug loved horses and fulfilled his dream of living in a rural area where he could look out his window and see our Arabian horses, Dananeer and Rifi. We moved to Fallbrook, California in 1972. He also loved his buddy, our cat Macho, whose favorite perch was on Doug's lap.
With Kelly grown and living away, a great source of pleasure for us were my nephews and nieces, the Shea kids, Guy, Kevin, Erin, Shannon and Tricia. Doug was very proud of his grandson, Sterling's, service in the U.S. Army as a combat medic in four deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
One of Doug's favorite pastimes was visiting with his pilot hangar friends at the Caldwell airport and in the winter months with his Fallbrook pilot friends at the Fallbrook Airport. He especially enjoyed his long friendship with his pilot friend in Fallbrook, Don Dexter, and Don's golden retriever, Cassie.
Preceding Doug in death were his parents Henry and Virginia Skaggs, brother Freddy, grandmother Jessica Pierce, in-laws Ethel Shea Gifford and Rober Gifford and brother-in-law Brian (Connie) Shea.
Surviving Doug is his wife, Colleen Shea Skaggs, daughter Kelly Carson, his beloved grandson Sterling Newton, a brother Jim (Karen) Skaggs, nephews Fred Skaggs, Bill (Lec) Skaggs, and Michael (Gretchen) Skaggs and five great-nieces and nephews.
Doug, my dearly loved husband, a father, grandfather, uncle and great uncle, will forever be in our hearts and daily thoughts.
Love does not die with death.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 1, 2012