Douglas Arthur Wade(1944 - 2014)

Douglas Arthur Wade, of Bloomfield, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, after a lengthy illness. He was born Aug. 20, 1944, in Kingman, Ariz., to Douglas C. Wade and Thelma Ruth Bishop Wade.
The family moved to Bloomfield, where his parents lived the rest of their lives.
His family and friends described him as rough on the outside but a marshmallow on the inside.
A devoted family man and father, Doug always wanted the best for his children and grandchildren. Doug believed in discipline, but was also proud of all his children's accomplishments and he would do anything for them.
His daughters and grandchildren lovingly called him the "grumpy old fart," a nickname he gladly claimed.
Doug was in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1969. In 1987 he joined the Naval reserves and retired in 2002. During his time in the Navy he served as a Seabee for 22 years. He was proud of his Naval service and was especially proud to have served with the Seabees. Most of his time in the Naval Reserves he served with his good friend Don Boden of Albuquerque. After the Sept. 11, attacks, he volunteered to be reactivated and reported to Port Hueneme, Calif. While there, he realized that his age and health were not going to let him perform his duties, so he retired with a Medical Honorable Discharge in February 2002.
He was a hardworking man his entire life. Occupations that he would claim included, among others, equipment operator, over-the-road driver, welder and plumber.
He was very active with the 3 River Good Sam's RV Club of Farmington until his health would not allow him to travel.
He held a couple of different positions with the New Mexico State Good Sam's RV Club. He was Wagon Master for eight years and the State Director for two years.
His parents, Douglas C. Wade and Thelma Ruth Bishop Wade, preceded Doug in death.
He is survived by his wife Carol, of the home; daughter, Millie Otto and her husband Jason and children Douglas and Harleyanne of Orla, Texas; his daughter, Debra Glenn and her children, Kiana, Leilani and Miguel of Rifle, Colo., along with granddaughter, Jennifer Martin and great-granddaughter, Brianna Martin of Farmington; and granddaughter, Roxanne Martin of Lincoln, Neb.
A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the VFW 2182, 5513 U.S. Highway 64 in Farmington.

Funeral Home

Hood Mortuary
1261 East Third Avenue Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-2312

Published in Farmington Daily Times from Jan. 30 to Feb. 8, 2014