Douglas R. Waterman
1929 - 2021
Douglas R. Waterman
December 28, 1929 - August 3, 2021
Resident of Walnut Creek, CA
Doug Waterman passed away August 3rd after a brief illness. Doug was born in Denver, CO to Douglas and Dolce Waterman. He grew up in Denver and attended East High School. He went on to graduate as a Geological Engineer from the Colorado School of Mines, where he played on the varsity basketball team and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He was an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club and climbed over 30 fourteeners in Colorado as a young man. After moving to Bakersfield to work for Standard Oil, he met his future wife Ruth, a music teacher from Los Angeles, CA. They married in 1955 and celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary just prior to Ruth's passing in 2016. Ruth and Doug moved often in the early years of their marriage, living in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Anchorage, Long Beach, Ventura, La Habra, and Fullerton, before finally settling in Walnut Creek in 1971. Doug worked for Standard Oil/Chevron for over 40 years until his retirement from the San Ramon office.
Doug enjoyed camping, hiking, skiing and golf. He was a long-time member of Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, and was active there in social and bible study groups. Doug enjoyed many interests: trains, genealogy research, travel, geology and rock collecting, California history, classical music, basketball and other sports. He especially enjoyed family vacations in Buffalo Creek, Colorado, and spending time in the Sierras in California.
Doug is survived by his daughters Lisa Waterman and Lynn Filar, and granddaughters Claire Wainwright, Emma Filar, and Katie Filar. Donations in honor of Doug's life may be made to the California Symphony ( or the Nature Conservancy (

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