Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park

6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX


Douglas C. Ferris

October 10, 1943November 22, 2019

Douglas C. Ferris, 76 of Kyle, passed away on Friday, November 22, 2019. He was born on October 10, 1943 in Austin, Texas to father Lonnie Ferris Sr. and mother Mary Esther Smith Ferris. Douglas is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Sandra “Sandy” (Wheeler) Ferris; sons, Alan and his wife Denise Ferris, Kevin and his wife Julie Ferris and Daryl and his wife Tonya Ferris.

He also leaves behind six wonderful grandchildren: Amber, Ashley, Breanna, Luc, Cambyl, and Caden and six great grandchildren: Coltin, Chase, Byntlee, Adalyn, Bowen, and Kashton.

Douglas Charles Ferris married Sandra Gayle Wheeler on June 24, 1966. He started with the Austin Police Department August 1, 1966, the day of the infamous Charles Whitman UT Tower shooting. Douglas was immediately assigned to direct traffic flow in and out of Brackenridge Hospital as the many victims were delivered by ambulance and civilian vehicles. Douglas left APD as the department's second Police Polygraphist and started his own private polygraph business with wife Sandra in 1979; known as Central Texas Polygraph.

Getting the business off the ground took dedication and hard work. To supplement until the business became successful Doug purchased and restored minor wrecked vehicles to sell in his garage where his two youngest sons, Kevin and Daryl, helped after homework and learned how to also do minor body work and restoration on cars.

In the 1990’s he went to work for the State of Texas as an investigator at the Austin State School and later retired from the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners as an investigator.

He on occasion would conduct criminal investigative polygraph examinations for various Law Enforcement agencies and local attorneys.

He was also active in his churches to include being a Sunday School Teacher for young married adults. He was also an avid fisherman, Bass fishing specifically, but he did enjoy fishing along the Texas Gulf Coast.

He is preceded in death by: his parents Lonnie and Mary Esther Ferris and his siblings: Lonnie Ferris Jr; Gertrude (Ferris) Hoppe; Franklin Ferris; and Marilea Kathryn (Ferris) Craig.

His last 4 years of life were battling Parkinson’s and Dementia, if you so desire in leu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice to help patients and loved ones who suffer with these incredibly debilitating diseases.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 26, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, November 26, 2019


Douglas C. Ferris

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Cheryl Callicott

December 3, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Doug for many years at the Austin State School. His personality was perfect for his job; just the right amount of humor and seriousness for an investigator. He was the consummate professional. My condolences to the family.

Deneen Bouie

December 2, 2019

I had the pleasure (and honor) of working with Doug at the Austin State School. I was always eager to help, administratively, with ongoing investigations; and to hear him talk about his time with APD.

Doug was the best!

Sandy, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

George Vanderhule

November 27, 2019

I had the distinct pleasure to work with and around Doug at APD from 1970 until he left APD in 1979. Doug was always generous with his time and always willing to assist anyone needing help with an investigation. I have always considered Doug to be one of the finest officers and investigators I worked with during my career.
My condolences to his family.

Terri Wilson

November 26, 2019

Sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family.
From Terri Jo Wilson

Larry Laden

November 26, 2019

Doug was dedicated to family, fishing, family, hunting, family, and he was REALLY committed to family. I worked with Doug over the years, and we fished and hunted together a few times. I always wanted to brag about big deer or big fish, but Doug always wanted to brag about his family. Doug was one of my favorites, and I know he is at peace and no longer suffering.

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn his loss, and celebrate his memory. Be Blessed....

Larry Laden

Samuel and Mary Gail Leming

November 25, 2019

Dear Sandy and Family,
We want to express our sympathy and love to you and your family with the passing of Doug. He was a fine man and will be greatly missed. We pray that the sadness you bear now will turn into wonderful memories of Doug in the years to come. May God bless all of you.

Mary Gail and Samuel Leming

Julie Ferris

November 24, 2019

You will be greatly missed Papa Doug. I think the best and most simple memory I have is when we spent our first Thanksgiving with you. Caden asked you to pass a roll and you threw it across the table and he caught it. He thought it was the funniest thing given he was five years old. I was in shock and you looked at me and said “that’s how we do it in this family “just so you know that tradition has been passed on. We throw the Roll no matter what the occasion ❤️