Petaluma lost a lifelong resident and devoted father earlier this week.
Wayne E. Douglas, 51, died unexpectedly on Jan. 5, according to an obituary in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Douglas and his wife, Laura, had four children: Ryan, Dean, Logan and Shane. All four played little league in Petaluma and Logan was part of the team that went to the Little League World Series championship in 2012, eventually winning the consolation game.
Douglas himself was an athlete at Petaluma High School, and was a sprinter there before graduating in 1981, according to the Press Democrat. His oldest son, Ryan, also ran in high school and won a Yale scholarship from it.
Douglas went on to work for 30 years at Petaluma-based KVAL Inc., a door-machinery manufacturing company. He also enjoyed camping, according to the Press Democrat, but his real passion was for his children.
“They meant the world to him,” his wife told the Press Democrat. “Nothing was more important to him than his boys.”
He stayed involved with the boys' time in little league, serving on the board and helping out on the field, according to the newspaper.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Douglas at 11 a.m. Saturday at the 360 Church of Petaluma, 879 Lindberg Lane.
An online memorial fund "meant to support Laura and contribute to the continued education of Wayne and Laura's four boys" has been started, and the family asks that contributions be made there instead of flowers.
Contributions to the memorial fund can be made at http://www.youcaring.com/tuition-fundraiser/wayne-douglas-memorial-fund/123580.
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