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Douglas Robert GRUNDMAN

Our hearts are breaking in losing our dear Son, Husband, Brother, Uncle, Godfather. Doug passed away on June 20, 2013 at home surrounded by his family, losing his courageous battle with cancer. Doug was born in San Diego, CA on December 2, 1949 to Bob and Elvira Grundman. The family moved to Sonoma in 1960. Doug served in the Navy from 1969 to 1972; serving on the ship Delta ARP in Vietnam. Then Adak Alaska and Skaggs Island. He was very proud to be able to serve his country. He returned and earned a degree in Associate in Science from Santa Rosa Junior College. Doug and Lynn met on a blind date set up by a good friend. They would be married on August 2, 1980, spending the next 33 years growing, laughing, crying, learning and loving. Their favorite place was Bodega Bay. They would go as often as they could, just to sit and listen to the waves, it was peaceful and the stress of everyday life would just melt away. Doug loved gardening and he and his Mom would plant a garden every year at her home. It would be the best in whatever they chose to grow. Doug enjoyed sharing with everyone anything that he and his Mom grew. Doug enjoyed visiting his sister Barbara and extended family in Minnesota. Doug proudly became a Police Officer and then a Special Investigator for Napa State Hospital. He found his job rewarding, serving with honor. He would often say he could or would not have been the person he was without his fellow officers and investigators, they are family. Doug was a very proud Godfather of Amber Van Winkle, Crystal Bowdoin, Mark Bowdoin, Christine Hitchcock and Sara Vanlandinham. He would always say "I feel so proud and honored to be the Godfather of these children, whom I have seen grow into wonderful people. My joy has been and always will be that I was able to be part of their lives, and I cherish them so much". Doug just loved life and always found joy in everything he did. If it was a simple walk, a good book, an old movie or just spending quality time with family and friends. Doug is survived his loving wife and best friend Lynn of 33 years, his precious Mother Elvira, his wonderful sister Barbara, brother-in-law Bill, his uncle Warren, nieces Christine Hitchcock (Tom) Amber Van Winkle, Crystal Bowdoin (Buddy Brandon), Jessica Shatto (Chris), nephews Rob Kinney (Kjiersten) Mark Bowdoin, Christopher Cook, grand nieces Nora Hitchcock, Carly Kinney, Kaia Garrity, grand nephews Eli Hitchcock, Zeke Hitchcock, William Kinney, Giovanni Bowdoin, Hunter Preston. Special to his heart; Nicole (Nickel) and Warren Pearson. Brother-in-law Lenny and Becky Van Winkle, Lonnie Van Winkle, sister-in law Linda Van Winkle, Laurie Cook and many cousins. Jim Farris, Jim Kellogg, George Mitchell, you were his brothers. Close wonderful friends Rick Woer, Steve and Marsha Grant. He was proceeded in death by his father Robert Grundman, Aunt Mildred, Aunt Ruth, and Uncle David, Uncle Ronald. We would like to thank everyone so much from the bottom of our hearts who visited, called, sent cards, emailed, cooked homemade food, and sent garden flowers. Doug knew and remembered every visit, every call, every card, every email, homemade food and the beautiful garden flowers. His days were so brightened with everyone's, support, kindness, care and love. Doug was very involved in his church. His faith was true and deep. He walked every day in the faith of his loving God. Donations can be made in Doug's name to St Luke's Lutheran Church. We would like to express our forever gratitude and thanks to Hospice by the Bay - Sonoma for their wonderful care and support. You gave our dear Doug grace and dignity so he was able to go into his heavenly father's arms in comfort and peace. Donations can be made in Doug's name to Hospice by the Bay - Sonoma 190 West Napa Street, Sonoma, Ca. 95476. Services will be held June 27 at St Luke's Church, 905 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place at Santa Rosa Memorial Park at 3:00 p.m. SANTA ROSA MORTUARY EGGEN AND LANCE CHAPEL, 545-3747.

Funeral Home

Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen & Lance Chapel
1540 Mendocino Ave Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 545-3747

Published Online in the Press Democrat from June 25 to June 26, 2013
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