Douglas F. Mai
1938 - 2020
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved neighbor, friend, brother and father Douglas F. Mai. Doug is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Doris Mai; sister, Madelyn Mai-Pecor; wife, Donna Liebhart-Mai and daughter, Carla Mai-Linster. He is survived by his brother, Gary Mai and his son, Jeff Mai. He is also survived by his son-in-law, John Linster and four grandchildren, Aiden and Ian Linster, Karly and Keenan Mai.Doug was born in Bismarck ND in 1938 and lived in Golden Valley. His mom taught in a one-room schoolhouse until raising children required more attention and they moved the family to Lodi CA in 1941 (on a shoestring, arriving with just $50). Doug grew up living the rural life in San Joaquin Valley with his brother and sister; their father was a carpenter, grew alfalfa and raised cattle. Having started first grade at the age of 5, Doug graduated high school early at the age of 17; after which, he joined the Navy and was honorably discharged after 5 years of service taking him to San Diego, Newfoundland on the USS Independence (Atlantic Airborne Early Warning Staff) and then on to Memphis where he began college. Doug and Donna Mai were married in 1960, had two children and he went on to graduate from the California Highway Patrol Academy in 1968; the family then moved to Southern California for his work with CHP. He was also an Assistant Scout Master in the Boy Scouts, helping our youth to enjoy outdoor adventures, value nature and community as he did, and earn a variety of merit badges (many of the boys were able to earn the unique "finger printing" merit badge because of Doug's law enforcement career). He moved his family to Northern California to return to rural life and began working for the Fairfield Police Department in 1977. The family has lived in Pleasants Valley ever since. He was an avid outdoorsman, boater, handyman, full of fun facts with an unsurpassed dry sense of humor. As an altruistic friend and member of the community, you could always count on Doug if you needed to borrow a tool or just needed a shoulder. He never missed going to the end of the driveway to pick up his paper, returning to a cup of coffee and to work his daily crossword, while the cats walked on his paper and the dog laid at his feet. He loved and was loved by all his family and friends, whether lifelong or just meeting in the grocery line. We have all benefited from his depth of character and qualities as a human being; we will miss him deeply always.

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Published by The Reporter on Oct. 6, 2020.
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Just read about Doug's passing in the LA Times today. Jean and I were saddened to hear of his passing and after reading the obituary noting that Donna and Carla had passed before Doug. We were neighbors and friends of the Mai's at the Tustin Acres apartment complex. We got together for many barbecues and had some great times. Doug was a CHP officer at the time and I was a state investigator. We shared many job related stories. Our sincere condolences to Jeff.
Carl & Jean Falletta
April 30, 2021
A really special friend. A great husband and father. I met Doug when I hired him to do special security at Build 'n Save in Orange, Ca. I used to go on ridealongs with him on occasion. He left the CHP to go to Fairfield, Ca.
I didn't see him or Donna very much after he moved. I hope some of his family reaches out to me. [email protected]
Andrew M. Gault
October 23, 2020
Doug was a really solid citizen. I was proud to be his friend. My wife and I enjoyed the occasional meal with Doug and Donna. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Andrew Gault
October 22, 2020
Marilee Mai
October 15, 2020
I met Doug forty three years ago. He and Donna were always fun to be around. Doug always had a joke ready even when he was experiencing rough times. He, like his father and brother, was a tough ol guy. They are actually softies, but always rock solid. I miss Donna and I will miss Doug greatly. Enjoy whatever you find there Doug, see you soon enough. Love Marilee.
Marilee Mai
October 15, 2020
I met Doug when his wife worked with me at Orchard Supply Hardware many moons ago. I also went to school with Carla and Jeff. He was a very nice and caring person as was his wife. He will be greatly missed by everyone that has crossed his path. RIP Mr.Mai and tell Carla and Donna hello.
October 11, 2020
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