A celebration of life will be held for Douglas Dean Rose on June 11, 2022 at Northwoods MHP, Mckinleyville from 1 to 4 p.m. It will be outdoors in one of the cul-de-sacs. Finger foods will be provided and a brother and sister will be in attendance.

Doug and his wife, Patti Walker Rose moved to Mckinleyville in 1996 so that she could attend HSU. They fell in love with Humboldt and decided to stay.

Doug was born in Sioux City, Iowa on Oct. 26, 1958 and spent his last few hours at Hospice House, Eureka where he passed on April 8, 2022.

He is survived by 3 brothers, Russell Allen of Fresno, Dennis Eugene of Sioux City, Duane Leslie of Long Beach and his sister, Patricia Ann Fritz of Lincoln, Nebraska.

He is preceded by his parents, Gerald Vallie & Glora Alma ne Stewart of Homer, Nebraska and his oldest brother, Keith Rose of Homer.

Doug attended Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired in Nebraska City, where he graduated in 1977. He received his BS in psychology from Cal State Long Beach in 1983.

His passion was technology and he went on to do tech support for Packard Bell Computers, Net Help of Eureka, Humboldt Access and Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco. He had a technology-for-the-visually-impaired business where he contracted with the California Dept. of Rehabilitation. In later years he and Patti owned Rosepond Aquatics. They grew water plants, did pond maintenance/repair and pond consulting.

He volunteered with Reading Service of the Redwoods, Humboldt Council of the blind, Eyes Have It support group at the Mckinleyville Sr. Center, the North Coast Water Garden Club and several phone-based support groups through Well Connected.

He loved working in his shop. He built fences, laid brick walkways & patios, dug ponds with circulating water systems, did normal home maintenance jobs and kept up with his honey-do list.

He was a constant inspiration to the people around him and was loved by everyone he met. He had a kind and patient demeanor peppered with age old wisdom. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.


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