Doug E. Tauscher

March 10, 1962March 4, 2018
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Lt Col (Ret) Douglas (Doug) E. Tauscher passed away on March 4th, 2018 at his residence in Valrico, FL. Doug was born March 10th, 1962, the son of Ernest and Beverly Tauscher. He graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1980. He received his Undergraduate degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1984, in addition to receiving his Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle University in 1993. In 1988, he married Lee Ann Johnson. Doug and Lee Ann had two children, Courtney and Ryan. He lived his life for his family and the service of others and his country. He entered the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant in 1984 where he began pilot training. He served his country proudly as an Officer and Senior Command Pilot in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 2007. His career included service as a KC-10 pilot, DC-10 exchange pilot with the British Royal Air Force, White House Presidential Agent, Senior Science and Technology Advisor and Transportation Command Advisor, to name just a few. Doug retired from the Air Force in 2007 at MacDill Air Force Base after nearly 24 years of dedicated service. He was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. Following his retirement from the Air Force he continued to serve as an intelligence and science and technology contractor at MacDill Air Force base. Doug also served as a volunteer for the Hillsborough County (VCP). He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lee Ann, his son Ryan and daughter Courtney of Valrico, Florida; and his parents, Ernest and Beverly Tauscher of Arkansas City, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his sister, Darci. Doug had several hobbies and enjoyed spending time with his family, watching his children play softball and baseball, attending their various scholastic events and most recently enjoyed traveling with his wife and family A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Stowers Funeral Home, 401 W. Brandon Blvd,, Brandon, FL from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. with a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Greg Rusch officiating. His final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC where he will receive full Military Honors.


  • Doug E. Tauscher Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Doug E. Tauscher Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Pam Melroy

March 15, 2018

Doug and I flew KC-10s together back in the 32 AREFS days at Barksdale, and he always impressed me with his kindness and dedication. He was a wonderful squadron mate and loved by all. Lee Ann, Ryan, and Courtney - my sincerest, heartfelt condolences on your loss. I hope your special memories of him bring you peace.

Connie Vick

March 10, 2018

Our sincerest condolences to the family. My husband and I didn't know Doug personally but we worked with his dad Ernie. When I think of Ernie I recall all the times that we worked side by side and the main topic of conversation would be about his children and how proud he was of them.
Our prayers for strength for all of you during this very difficult time in your lives.

Connie and Ray Vick.

Robert Hecht

March 9, 2018

Doug and I go back to my very first Air Force assignment at Barksdale AFB in 1991 where I was the ONLY non-flying officer in the 32nd Air Refueling Squadron (32nd AREFS back then). Despite the career differences, Doug made me feel as though I we're just as much a part of the squadron and that my contributions and support were valuable and appreciated. He and I saw each other here and there over the course of our careers and I was very happy to catch up with him here at MacDill AFB/CENTCOM. Doug even assisted with the hiring process for my first job after I retired from the Air Force in 2015. We chatted often and both bragged about each other's families. It was always evident that he was a very happy and proud family man. I will miss his presence here very much. Leigh, Courtney and Ryan, may God bless you all and I'm certain Doug will be lovingly watching over you from above.

Frank Lolar

March 8, 2018

I played high school football with Doug he was are starting center on our undefeated state championship team we were 12-0 in 79/80 Doug's senior year. He was a leader on one of the best teams the state of Kansas has ever seen. Obviously those leadership qualities and skills he had as a high school kid continued to grow and elevate him to the great man he is today. This is not a surprise that Doug has reached these great achievements and accolades , he was driven from the start a natural born leader who was definitely fearless then as well as has been through his outstanding career. My condolences go out to Doug's family and friends, it has brought joy and peace to me to read the wonderful memories about him, his career and his wonderful Family.
RIP My Friend
Lt. Frank Lolar

Sheri & Pete Frantzis

March 8, 2018

To Doug’s family,
We are so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. We enjoyed talking with him while Ryan played for The Bulldogs. He was funny and such a kind man! His dedication to his family was admirable. It was an honor to know Doug! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sheri And Pete Frantzis

Greg Biggerstaff

March 8, 2018

I was about to retire from the Army and somehow got stuck in a section at Central Command that I knew nothing about. Many people taught me the ropes, but none with more patience and understanding than Doug. He always greeted me with a smile and helped me any way he could. He was probably one of the nicest guys I ever met. If nothing else, we could always talk about Gators football. He was and always will be respected and missed by me.

U.S. Army MSG retired,
Greg Biggerstaff

Tyler sHAW

March 8, 2018


As being a great friend of his son Ryan, Doug always treated me as a son. There have been key moments in my life that could have taken me down the wrong path, but thanks to Doug and our countless hours of sitting on his back patio talking about life, goals, family, sports, he has taught me to always do the right thing. I can not thank him for that. Doug has always accepted me as son. I can't even count the number of times I have shared Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner with Doug and his family. Doug would always have the biggest smile on his faces as he would prepare dinner. The thing that I loved the most about Doug is the open relationship I have always had with him. I could always ask or tell him anything, and he would sit there a listen to me for hours and hours. Doug would also give me great advice when I would ask him tough questions about life. Doug was always so caring he made me feel so comfortable in the most difficult time in my life. The thing everyone loves about Doug is how much he cared for others. I thank Doug for the time he has spent with me. Doug is one of the few people that has seen me progressive as a kid, teenager, and adult. The last time I saw Doug was Christmas Dinner 2017. It was Lee Ann, Ryan, Doug, and I it was the best dinner I ever had with Doug, I believe it was the first time he saw me in adulthood, and Doug couldn't have been more proud of me of the man that I have become. It was an honor to receive those kind words from Doug and to see how proud he was.
I give all my prayers and condolences to Ryan, Courtney, and Lee Ann.

With much love,

Tyler Shaw

Michael Lovera

March 8, 2018

In a work environment driven by "strong emotions", Doug was the consummate professional and always willing to listen and help. I will truly miss my trips to FDO and getting to interact with him on a daily basis. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this trying time.

Steve Walsh, Lt Col, USAF (retired)

March 8, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Doug in Air Force Special Operations and we were hired together as Air Force One Presidential Advance Agents. Doug was a "straight shooting", jovial man who was a pleasure to work with professionally and spend time with personally. Never once heard a complaint and was always one to step up when his country or his brothers/sisters in arms needed him. An American patriot and hero lost way too soon. He just recently asked to try my homemade maple syrup my wife and I are making in retirement. A special bottle will be set aside and dedicated to Doug. My sincere condolences to Lee Ann, Ryan, Courney and the entire Tauscher family.

Ken Swortz

March 8, 2018

I had the pleasure to work with Doug here at Centcom, and get to know him for the past 4 years. There have been a few people I wish I knew longer, and he was one of them. Being an AF veteran, we had that in common, but it was much more. I never saw him in anything close to a bad mood; he was always one of those people you were glad to see everyday. All the best to his wife, and adored children