Dr. Cary Douglas Jones (1984 - 2018)

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Dr. Doug Jones, longtime Juneau resident, local chiropractor, team doctor, hockey player, hockey coach, and friend to all, lived a full, exciting, spontaneous, and joyful life in his 34 years. One of the most important things in Doug's life was his family; he was a wonderful father to his two sons Sean and Steven. Doug was born on February 8, 1984 in Ada, Oklahoma. He moved cross-country to Western Alaska with his mother, Deborah Morse, in 1988. They lived in Newtok, Quinhagak, Dillingham and Adak before moving to Juneau in 1993. Doug passed away February 21, 2018.
A memorial service will take place at 1:00 PM March 18, 2018 at Centennial Hall in Juneau, followed by a celebration of life reception at the same location.
Doug graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 2002, where he was active in soccer, stunt team, student council, and served as the student representative on the school board for multiple years. For several years he was the disc jockey for school dances, and was known by his peers as "Doug E. Fresh." In high school he began dating his future wife, Stefanie Messerschmidt. After high school Doug attended the University of Alaska-Southeast before transferring to Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, IA, where he and Stefanie both earned Doctor of Chiropractic degrees in 2009. Doug and Stefanie married on February 28, 2009. Afterwards Doug did his preceptorship in Kalispell, Montana before moving to Owasso, Oklahoma where they set up their first chiropractic practice. Doug and Stefanie returned to Juneau, Alaska where their first son, Sean Douglas, was born on March 15, 2010 and Doug practiced for several years before they set up Jones Chiropractic Center in 2015. Their second son, Steven Scott was born December 19, 2012.
Doug was an avid hunter, sport fisherman, hiker, hockey player, snowboarder, skier, and snow-machine rider. Doug volunteered in the community by supporting both Juneau-Douglas High School boys' basketball and football teams at JDHS and Thunder Mountain High School. Because of his interest in team sports and a desire to serve the youth of Juneau he completed additional classes resulting in him becoming a certified chiropractic sports physician. Doug and Stefanie sponsored many youth sporting programs through Jones Chiropractic Center. Doug loved his family, his community, and living in Alaska.
It was important to Doug that his boys were active and engaged in activities and enjoying the natural wonders of Alaska. At Treadwell Arena he would help his two boys into their hockey gear, and would be on the ice as they practiced, and played each Saturday morning. A yearly ski pass at Eaglecrest allowed Doug to have his family on the slopes, in addition to the cross-country skiing they did. When Stevie was too young to ski, Doug pulled him in a covered sled allowing him to participate in the family outing. If the weather was good, Doug had the kids out enjoying Alaska, including fishing adventures in the family boat, family bike rides on trails, and hiking the amazing trails of Juneau. Most summers included a road trip north, either to the Yukon or the road system of northern Alaska, where Doug made sure his kids enjoyed hot springs, camping, horse riding, and nature trails among many other activities. Family, and particularly being a father to his boys, was important to Doug.
A dear family friend recently shared some stories about Doug and one of his high school buddies that brought joy to the family, writing that with each story Doug was the hero with that big grin and his twinkling eyes. A relative visiting Juneau said walking with Doug downtown was an opportunity to meet everyone in Juneau because he knew each local we passed, and always had an engaging question or conversation. Doug was constantly active and on the go, a trait he has passed on to his two boys.
Doug was preceded in death by his grandfather Oscar Douglas Jones, and his father Jackie Leon Jones.
Doug is survived by his wife Stefanie, sons Sean Douglas and Steven Scott, mother Deborah Morse and step-father Les Morse of Juneau, sister Tera Simpson and her husband Patrick of Ada, Oklahoma, brothers Carl Jones of Oklahoma and Jason Jones of Texas, maternal grandmother Barbara Jones of Earlsboro, Oklahoma, Godmother Sandy Craig of Pahoa, Hawaii, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family encourages people who knew Doug and have memorable stories to write those down and bring them to the memorial service, or send them to the family to be put together in a memory book for Stefanie, Sean and Steven. Stories and condolences may be sent to P O Box 211247, Auke Bay, AK 99821.
An account has been set at First Bank for Sean and Steven's future educational needs. Those who wish may send contributions in their name to First Bank, 3075 Vintage Blvd, Juneau, Alaska 99801.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 4 to Apr. 3, 2018
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