Douglas L. "Doug" Mitchell

Douglas L. Mitchell Douglas L. "Doug" Mitchell passed away unexpectedly early Monday morning February 17, 2014, from an apparent heart attack. He was 58. He had battled chronic Lyme Disease since 1998 and was still often in pain. Doug was currently employed by Fisher Auto Parts but spent most of his working years in retail sporting goods. He was a passionate outdoorsman, hunter, snake charmer, fisherman and competitive shooter. He had a wide circle of friends and was known by his signature mustache, his sense of humor and his many small acts of kindness extended to strangers and friends alike. As a Lyme patient, he was often named as a local resource for information and he provided support and hope to dozens of other sufferers. Doug was a great storyteller and was known best for inventing something on the spot to suit the occasion. He was accomplished in many frontier and woodsman's skills and took special pride in his ability to sharpen knives. He often assured friends that if the shadow of his knife blade fell across the tail of a passing cat, from that day forth, that cat's name would be Stumpy. He was a former Toastmaster where he touched emotions as well as entertained and educated. His artistic side was also expressed through his photography and before the joint damage of Lyme Disease, in his leather work and stained glass art. He had a long history of volunteerism and provided acts of service to many organizations including the Ft. Loudon Historical Society, United Way of Franklin County, Franklin County Fair, Council for the Arts and St. Thomas Athletic Association. He served on numerous boards of directors including Ft. Loudon Community Center, Ft. Loudon Men of the Mountain, Chambersburg Pistol and Rifle Club and Franklin County Literacy Council. He was a certified Smith & Wesson Armorer and Defensive Handgun Instructor. He taught hunter safety courses as a Hunter Trapper Education instructor for the Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission and was energized and rewarded by sharing his love of the outdoors with young hunters, especially his own children. Doug was a graduate of Chambersburg Area High School and held a B.A. degree from Slippery Rock University. He was the son of the late Zaza Brown Mitchell and Warren J. Mitchell. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Yvonne Butts-Mitchell; his son Kyle and daughter Katy; and younger brother Dennis, wife Jackie. A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday evening, February 27, 2014, at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, Mercersburg, PA. It was Doug's wish to be cremated. Friends are invited to visit with family between 5:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m. before the service at 7:00 p.m. Long-time family friend Pastor Harold Yeager will be officiating. The family encourages friends to come as they are and be part of a joy-filled remembering of the way Doug touched our lives. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in Doug's name to the Lyme Research Alliance, Inc. 2001 West Main Street, Suite 280, Stanford, Connecticut, 06902. For information:

Funeral Home

Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, Inc.
47 North Park Avenue Mercersburg, PA 17236
(717) 328-2812

Published in Public Opinion on Feb. 24, 2014