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Douglas Forrester Bulloch

Douglas Forrester Bulloch passed away peacefully on January 14, 2017.

Doug was born in Lynbrook, New York on July 17th, 1923 to George and Elizabeth Bulloch, recent immigrants from Scotland. He grew up in Valley Stream on Long Island and graduated high school in 1941. Thinking of bombs dropping on his aunts and uncles in Scotland, Doug volunteered for the Army Air Corps, determined to join the fight and defend his extended family. It was only decades later, when his own son, Stephen, saw combat in Viet Nam, that Doug understood what his decision in 1941 had done to his own parents. Doug served with the 20th Air Force on Saipan. As a gunner with a B-29 crew, he flew 35 combat missions over Japan.

While training in Seattle he met and fell in love with Naomie Fredeen. They married in Hays, Kansas in 1944, shortly before Doug deployed overseas.

After the war, Doug returned to New York where he earned his metallurgical engineering degree from The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He and Naomie packed their belongings in a station wagon along with three very young children and a job offer from Boeing. They arrived in Seattle having traversed pre-interstate-freeway America with a brood that was prone to squabbling and motion sickness (they swore they would never make that trip again). But Doug was an excellent father. As he and Naomie completed their family with a fourth child, he threw himself into every aspect of raising children-from the Boy Scouts to family camping trips. He loved his kids and let them know it with endless advice on the virtues of vegetables and a college education. Doug took equal joy in his grandchildren, who felt that same love and heard that same advice.

Doug loved aviation. He got his private pilot's license with the Boeing Glider Club. After retiring from Boeing in 1985, Doug worked for almost 20 years as a volunteer to restore the B-29 now on display at the Museum of Flight.

Doug and Naomie were great travelers. One of his favorite assignments at Boeing was working on the 767 team in Naples, Italy. He delighted in all things Italian including the Neapolitan driving style with its cavalier disregard for one-way street signs. Doug loved to bring people together, whether through service at Shoreline Elks Lodge 1800 or traveling with friends. On trips to the Oregon Coast or in Paris, he and Naomie inevitably would be found at the center of a lively group sampling wine and debating politics.

Doug is preceded in death by his wife Naomie, his eldest son, Dr. Stephen Bulloch, and his parents, George and Elizabeth Bulloch. He is survived by his children, Christy (and husband Lee Haro), Bruce, and George (and wife Molly); and his grandchildren, Korey, Moira, Katie and Laura.

A celebration of Doug's life will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 11:15 A.M. at the Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle.

Please sign Doug's online Guestbook at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4, 2017
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