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Doug Bennett

Redding - Doug Bennett was born in Long Branch, New Jersey but soon was growing up with his older brother Bruce Bennett in North Hollywood, California where he lived until his mid-twenties. For over 40 years Doug resided in the Redding, California area.

Doug was a veteran of Air Force intelligence who flew many missions as a Russian linguist during the Vietnam era.

He was truly a man of many talents. For 30 years, as a member of the labor union, Doug built just about everything. He contributed to many home, bridge and road projects around the north state. After retiring from construction, he returned to pursue his studies at Shasta College. His interests included: cultural anthropology, psychology, electronics, computers and engineering.

From there his passion for activism led his course. In the 20 years of his post retirement, Doug sat on several non-profit boards that encouraged independent thought and expanded critical thinking as an alternative to corporate media. For instance, he helped launch two community-supported radio stations and was a radio show host and producer. His show "Unspun, An Experiment in Truth Telling" provided a platform for discussion with the highest caliber international shakers and movers in government, military and environment to name a few.

As a civil rights activist, Doug was a primary force behind Citizens for Responsible Government (CRG), where he sat as chairperson for eight years. He was absolutely critical for launching the Northstate chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). As such he was frequently found speaking to city council and Shasta County supervisors. He was also responsible for re-invigorating an Earth Day celebration in Redding after a decade long hiatus by co-creating the Sustainable Earth Alliance of Northern California. Soon after, Doug helped initiate the Shasta Cascade Farm and Food Coalition which spun off several other healthy living projects.

He lived a health conscious lifestyle by eating right, working out, hiking and meditating.

Doug passed away on June 20th after contracting a rare illness and months of hospitalization. He was 74.

Doug is survived by his brother Bruce Bennett, his children Cristina McDaniel. Calien Bennett, Jay Mominee, and Lena Bourillion, and partner Melita Bena.

Notice of a celebration of life ceremony will be forthcoming.

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Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Jun. 30, 2019.
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July 10, 2019
Thank you, Doug! Your life was a gift, and the gift keeps going. All love and best wishes to you on your journey.
Kathryn Gessner Calkins
July 7, 2019
Doug held to the truth as he saw it, which elevated and enriched our community.
Cherie Gans
July 2, 2019
Doug was an incredible human. He gave wonderful advice, told hilarious stories and wrote beautiful poetry. He made you feel safe and important, and most of all, he made you feel so loved. He would give the warmest hugs, then hold you back and just look at you...I mean REALLY look at you, with tears in his eyes because his heart was just so full. There's so much more I could say about him...the world needed him and needs more people like him. God bless your next journey, Doug. I love you. Thank you for opening your heart to me, always.
June 30, 2019
Hi Doug; don't quite know what to say except you were a great guy, it was fun and I know you are in heaven with Zen❤ Jill
June 30, 2019
My sincere condolences to Doug's family and friends. I wish for you peace during this difficult time.

Thank you Doug for being as loving and kind to me as you were fierce and unyielding in fighting for those who struggled to fight for themselves. I love very much back!

June 30, 2019
Doug was a good man and will be missed by his family and the community.
Gary Moeckli
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