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Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park

6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Douglas Joseph Vogelsass

November 20, 1974August 4, 2019
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Douglas Joseph Vogelsass was born on November 20, 1974, and passed away on August 4, 2019.

Words will not do justice to communicate the overwhelming emotions our family and friends are feeling at this time. This past Sunday, Doug Vogelsass unexpectedly passed away and the loss is felt deeply by all who knew him. Doug was a loving, vibrant, and caring person and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Doug was a once in a lifetime personality and soul who brought out the best in others and showed love and support to all he came in contact with. He was one of a kind; he was always smiling; he never hesitated to help someone in need; he would drop everything to help you if you needed him. Truly a rare friend, and an even more rare human being.

Doug is survived by his mother, Barbara Wells, and siblings, Erin Carpenter and Jordan Sass. Doug was a loving son, a supportive brother, and devoted uncle. The role Doug modeled best was that of father to his children with Twila Vogel, Sidda (14) and Bodhi (12).

We will continue to see the best parts of Doug live on in Sidda and Bodhi. Most certainly we will see that familiar twinkle in Bodhi's eyes and in the compassion that Sidda so effortlessly shows others. Doug is present in their intellect and curiosity, their humor and kindness and the way in which they love their family and community.

For those who would like to help us memorialize Doug, we have provided different avenues below. Please feel free to show support for Doug in whichever path you feel will best represent Doug’s legacy.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Services

  • Remarks and Reflections Saturday, August 10, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, August 10, 2019

Memories

Douglas Joseph Vogelsass

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Richard Kunz

August 11, 2019

Doug, we already miss you. Your presence, your intensity, your broad smile. You serving tachos at tea garden. You soliciting me to help wash dishes at winter fair. You sharing family and business news with me at a lunch somewhere in town. You celebrating life. You always carried your heart in your hands. Your heart went out to people and I knew you would care. Please keep an eye on us, and inspire us to live of passion. Richard

Terri Everett

August 10, 2019

I remember when Doug wore a costume for Tea Garden one year. It was close to Halloween and the costume was stunningly accurate for an 80's hair band member. It made my day and I'll never forget it. He brought joy to so many experiences, even the mundane tasks of washing dishes or serving breakfast. He was a loving and supportive father, and his presence on the AWS campus left a lasting impression. My heart goes out to Doug's family and friends. I have been thinking of all of you during this difficult time.

Jerri Hinojosa

August 10, 2019

Over 3 years at AWS I enjoyed tearing down the 6th grade campsite in driving rain with Doug, washing dishes for hours in the freezing cold at Winterfest, and other activities made bearable by his humor and wit. It was not until I was deeply concerned about an event in our classroom that I saw another side of Doug and appreciated how he functioned like “glue” for our diverse group. Doug was the first person to call me to listen, support, commiserate and help me come up with solutions to my concerns. I will always appreciate his kindness, deeply respect his commitment to the AWS community, and fondly remember his joyful spirit. Much love to the Vogelsass family.

Denise Tucker

August 9, 2019

I vividly remember Doug while standing in line, patiently waiting for Tea Garden to open! He was always so energetic & kind hearted! He could read people’s moods while we stood there, thinking about which breakfast taco we wanted. He could say just the right thing to bring a smile or a laugh from a sleepy eyed customer. I took note of that, & appreciated his sincerity & love for people. Even those he didn’t know. Wow! What a guiding force in our Waldorf community, who made such a huge impact on anyone lucky enough to have known him. So sorry for this terrible loss.

Valkyrie Lang

August 8, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Vogelsass family. I can't be at the reception, unfortunately. Doug is the one who will be missed, not me! I would like to add my memory of Doug (even though my experience of him was brief and intermittent, he left a positive, permanent impression on me).
Doug loved his kids- that was obviously to everyone that met him.
He was in the running for "Dad of the Year" like many other great Waldorf Dads. He enjoyed words and got pleasure from using them to craft witty and ingenious communication to other Waldorf parents. He had an infectious smile. He believed in giving back. Thank you, Doug, for all your gifts to the Waldorf community and the Austin community. Your presence will be sorely missed.

Sasha Emerson

August 8, 2019

Doug was the first person I meet when I moved to Austin in April. He was so kind and caring. He helped me find a rental and went out of his way to be a friend.!
Sidda was my 3 year old sons first babysitter here and he loves her dearly. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless
Love,
Sasha and Landon

Alex Abbott

August 8, 2019

For the past 9 years Doug has been my enthusiastic “better half” at the AWS tea garden. One of the first weeks I had the job I was so flustered trying to get there on time, drop off my infant son at daycare, juggle all the pieces. In the predawn hours that day I accidentally locked my baby in the car in the driveway of his daycare! Talk about panic. The fire dept had to come get him out. I got to work late. Everything went wrong and I felt stupid and guilty and in no shape to greet people at tea garden. Doug, who I’d hardly met at that point, saw me arrive flustered and upset. He stopped all the prep work, all the ridiculous tomfoolery he was in the middle of. He came over calm and quiet and gave me a hug. A real one. That took as long as it needed for me to get present and feel alright again. He didn’t actually care if the breakfast was perfect or if we were totally on time. He cared whether or not I was okay. And he barely knew me then.

I hope one day I can do that for somebody. He had his priorities straight. He put people first. Every time. I know that Sidda and Bodhi learned so much from their dad. We all did. Thank you, Doug.

Steve Foster

August 7, 2019

Had to post this photo....that smile on the 4th of July in Washington DC!

Steve Foster

August 7, 2019

Doug....you were a great teaching partner and you helped me elevate my game. More importantly, you were a great friend and when we were together the laughs flowed. I will miss that great smile and intellect. I will truly miss that certain mischievousness and the way you could make people laugh. Bless your family...especially Bodhi and Sidda...may your memory live on through them. Goodbye Friend😭

Teresa Carbajal Ravet

August 7, 2019

Doug, constantly searching for the good in anyone, and eureka! somehow finding that diamond in the rough in everyone. Your infectious smile, no... your conspiring smile at Game Night will be missed. May your spirit soar in the Heavens above, as you did here on Earth.

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