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Douglas Paul Green
Douglas Paul Green
Jan. 11, 1967-May 17, 2011
Doug Green, 44, a U.S. Coast Guard retiree who lived in Eagle River, died unexpectedly May 17, 2011, while on a field trip with his daughter's sixth-grade class.
Green retired last year from the Coast Guard, and he and his family had planned to make Eagle River their permanent home.
A memorial service was planned for 11 a.m. May 21 at Riverside Community Church.
Douglas Paul Green was born Jan. 11, 1967, in Cheyenne, Wyo., the son of Gerald and Kay (Pacheco) Green. He began his schooling in Garland, Texas, and moved with his parents, sister and brother to Clinton, Okla., in 1979, when he was in the sixth grade.
He graduated from Clinton High School in 1985 after spending his junior year as a Rotary exchange student to Brazil.
He attended Oklahoma State University where he met his wife, the former Amy Nichols of Bixby, Okla. They were married Jan. 5, 1991, in Bixby.
Following five years in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, Green enlisted in the Coast Guard on May 22, 1990. He retired last year as an E-7 chief petty officer after 20 years of service, more than half of it in Alaska. Other duty stations included Travers City, Mich., on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan; Los Angeles; and Seattle.
During his career, Green's ships visited all the world's continents except Antarctica. He also spent a considerable amount of time in command centers at Travers City and Juneau, and was proud that his Coast Guard resume included credit for helping save 325 lives, many of them while serving as search-and-rescue coordinator at the District 17 Command Center in Juneau.
Following his retirement, Green went back to college at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and was working toward his bachelor's degree in history with hopes of becoming a high school history teacher. He made the dean's honor roll his first semester back, in the fall of 2010, and was completing his second semester at the time of his death.
He also had looked forward to spending more time with his wife and children. At the time of his passing, he was with his daughter's class when he blacked out while hiking on a "nature trail" in the area. He was revived, got up and rejoined the group, but passed out again.
The area had no cell phone service, and by the time paramedics could be summoned and get there, he was dead.
While a student in Clinton, Green participated on the high school wrestling team and was active in the Boy Scouts. He earned his Eagle Scout designation and membership in the Order of the Arrow. He also attended the 1983 World Jamboree in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
He was a member of the Church of Christ and an organ donor.
Survivors include his wife, Amy; daughter, Caitlin, 11; and son, Michael, 8; his parents, Kay Stout of Piedmont, Okla., and Gerald Green of Clinton, Okla.; sister, Susan Van Ostrand, and her husband, Phil, of Oklahoma City; brother, Damon Green, and his wife, Belen, Haslet, Texas; nephews, Angel and Brandon Green, and niece, Nicole Green, all of Haslet; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ginger and Dennis Nichols of Bixby.
Green was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Al and Vesta Pacheco of Cheyenne, Wyo., and his paternal grandparents, Claude and Iva Green of Dallas.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Clinton Troop 361 of the Boy Scouts of America, or to the Friends for Life Animal Sanctuary of Clinton or the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary of Norman, Okla.
This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.