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Douglas D. Grant


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Douglas D. Grant Obituary
On June 28, 2014, Douglas D. Grant went to be with our Lord and Savior. His love for the Lord, his children and his grandchildren were what helped him fight a lengthy battle with cancer. 
Doug was born to on May 20, 1944, in Brooklyn, New York, where he lived until he was five years old. His family moved to Grahamsville, New York, and then to the Rock Hill area.
In 1962, Doug graduated from Monticello High School. On July 4, 1963, he left Rock Hill with a friend, Ed Conklin, to travel to Alaska and California. In the late 1960s, Doug served in the U.S. Army in both Washington, D.C., and Fairbanks. He stayed in Alaska and worked in civil service on Fort Wainwright. 
Doug returned to New York in 1970 and worked for Pantel Electric. In 1972, he and childhood friend, Tom Edwards, started an excavation business.
Doug met the love of his life, Catherine A. Newell, in June of 1971, and they were married on July 21, 1973. Together they built a homemade camper and traveled to Alaska in October of 1973 to homestead in the Alaska bush.
Doug and Cathy spent their first winter in Alaska living in Fairbanks. After the birth of their first son, they returned to New York. In December 1974, Doug and Tom built a fifth-wheel trailer and returned to Alaska. 
Upon arrival back up north, they settled permanently in Salcha and were blessed with a daughter and two more sons. Together, they created years and years of memories with their children, grandchildren and many great friends.
Doug initially worked for Acme Electric and then in October of 1975, he was hired at Eielson Air Force Base as an electrician, where he worked until his retirement in 2012. He was very active as a steward in the Union at Eielson and helped many civilians. Doug also spent a lot of time working on conservation efforts with the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation. 
Until his health declined this past year, Doug was an active member of Salcha Baptist Church and enjoyed helping with bible school and electrical-
mechanical projects.
Family and friends remember him as someone who always had a smile on his face and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Doug had a heart for the Lord and also a wonderful sense of humor. He kept the wonderful staff and volunteers from the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Hospice program laughing during their weekly visits this past year. 
Doug is preceded in death by his parents, Phillip James Grant and Florence Wilhelmina Denton Grant. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Grant, of North Pole; three sons, Daniel (Jessie) Grant, of North Pole; Matthew (Shera) Grant, of North Pole; Jonathan (Erika) Grant, of Fairbanks; one daughter, Kelly (Kyle) Boswood, of North Pole; and one sister, Anne (Phil) Grant, of Providence, Rhode Island. 
Doug was also a tremendously proud grandpa of thirteen grandchildren, Samantha, Megan, Tristyn, Shelby, Matthew, Faith, Destiny, Davis, Kaden, Noah, Eleanora, Arik and Hailey. In addition to family, Doug was also survived by many dear friends in both Alaska and New York. 
There will be a celebration of life service for Doug at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at First Baptist Church in North Pole. The service will be officiated by Pastor Mark Christensen and will be immediately followed by a potluck dinner.
Published in Daily News-Miner on July 15, 2014
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