Douglas John Svatek
December 26, 1959 – March 19, 2018
Beloved husband, father, son and brother, Douglas John Svatek, age 58, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, March 19, 2018. Doug was born December 26, 1959 to his loving parents Victor and Ethel Svatek, in Houston, Texas. He was the youngest of three children and loved dearly by his two older brothers Christopher and Vic Allen. He graduated from Milby High School as a member of the National Honor Society in 1978, where he enjoyed playing sports especially tennis and fishing with his Father. He was also actively involved in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Upon graduation from high School, he continued his education at San Jacinto College, graduating in 1981 with an Associates of Applied Science with Honors. After graduation, he attended Texas Chiropractic College, and he began working as a bartender, where he found his passion for people working in sales. He finally landed his dream job at Houston Distributing Co. in 1989 where he worked his way up to Area Sales Manager, remaining is this position until his time of passing.
Doug was an avid sportsman, enjoying all types of outdoor activities including hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed time spent outdoors with his beloved family and friends. Doug’s personality and quick wit matched his larger than life persona. He had a laugh that was contagious and a smile that could brighten anyone’s day. He valued his friendships and always saw the best in people. His gentle spirit and kind heart will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
Doug is survived by his parents Victor and Ethel Svatek of Livingston, Texas. Brother Vic Allen Svatek of Clear Lake, Texas. Wife Lisa Svatek, sons Darrell and Christopher Svatek, daughter Maegan Svatek of Spring, Texas. Grandsons Gavin and Dylan Svatek, and Granddaughters Rylee and Kaylee Svatek. Nephew Jeff and Nicholas Svatek, Nieces Emily and Katie Svatek. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Douglas was preceded in death by his paternal Grandfather and Grandmother Jim and Millie Svatek, maternal Grandfather and Grandmother John and Agnes Socha, and oldest brother Christopher Svatek.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 23rd at 1:00pm-2:00pm at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Community, 7810 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, TX 77379 followed by a Funeral mass at 2:00pm. A reception will be held following the service for family and friends at the home of Karen Hillin 13315 Oddom Court, Cypress, TX 77429.
To honor Doug’s love of fishing, donations may be made in his name to the Texas Coastal Conservation Association (CCA).
- Funeral Service Friday, March 23, 2018
Douglas John Svatek
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April 6, 2018
To the Svatek family,
I am so heartbroken to hear that Doug passed away. To Lisa and the kids, I pray you cherish the precious memories of an amazing man. I have known Doug since we were 17 and served on the Diocesan Board together for CYO. In the last year I saw him several times and we have tickets to go see Bob Seger together (which was postponed). I have been trying to reach him to talk about the reschedule and finally googled his name to find this tragic news. My heartaches, just as yours and Doug was an amazing man.
Christopher or Maegan, if you see this, please call me. I have no words to understand how a wonderful soul could be taken from us when he was so full of life. My phone number is 713 906 6670. You are all in my thoughts and prayers
March 24, 2018
Doug was definitely one of the good guys! Every year he would fish on the MillerCoors boat in the Seller’s Tourney. He would always assist me before worrying about his own line. Still to this day I cook Redfish on the Halfshell the way he shared with me. He will be missed. Prayers to his family.
Connie Bowman Holomon
March 23, 2018
I remember Doug very well. We went from elementary school all the way to high school together. I remember him being a very nice guy and I also remember he was very smart. I am so sorry to hear about this. I will be praying for the family! God Bless!
March 23, 2018
We first met Doug, Lisa and the kids about 1993, we lived a street over. My boy, Cody and Chris became the best of friends and still are to this day. Doug was like another Dad to my son. He was the ultimate great dad in Cody's eyes! Fishing quickly became Cody's favorite thing to do, and a lot of times it included Doug and Chris.. I recently saw Doug and nothing has changed, still the same ole Doug. One of a kind, genuine and caring man. He is and will always be a wonderful treasure for everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him...Keep smiling that big smile!
Kerrie and Cody..
Juli Leavesley Wehman
March 23, 2018
I was so sorry to hear of Doug's passing. He was an awesome friend and we had many good times together. I'm sorry that we grew apart but will remember him fondly as a "great guy"! He is a big part of my elementary, junior high, and high school memories. Prayers for peace for his family and friends.
Jill Lawrence Hoff
March 23, 2018
I remember Doug well from High School and the neighborhood....always happy...always a nice guy...always fun and funny too. He will be missed for sure. Enjoy the ultimate adventure old friend.
March 22, 2018
I have known Doug ever since he joined Houston Distributing Company which was around 28 years ago. You couldn’t help but like Doug. He had a very kind and approachable demeanor. He was always smiling. Even though I was Doug’s direct report for many years I always considered Doug my friend. He was like a little brother to me.
Doug loved his family and we all knew what was going on with Lisa, Megan, Chris, and Darrel’s life.
He and I shared many a duck blind together. He loved hunting and fishing and was very passionate about the details of each and every endeavor. He was a great student of the art of both and took great pride in knowing and discussing different particulars such as weather, wind, currents etc...... He loved his place on the coast. That was his retirement dream. He was working hard to rebuild it, too after Harvey took its toll on his coast house. I know he would have had it rebuilt even better than before.
Doug also loved his job at Houston Distributing Company. He was very passionate and committed to his staff and his customers. He was a real pleasure to work with and was always on top of his game. I never had to worry about Doug and his team. He was the ultimate professional.
The morning after Doug’s passing I received this Word of the Day. Timely.
He Holds You in His Hand
"Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you...I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand..."
Isaiah 41:10, AMPC
We all face situations in life that feel out of control. During times like these, it’s easy to get discouraged and allow fear to creep in; but instead, why don’t you focus on the fact that God is holding you in the palm of His hand! There is nothing too difficult for Him. When God holds you in His hand there is strength . May God carry you all through these most difficult times of great loss. RIP- Doug Svatek. We all love you!
March 21, 2018
You couldn’t ask for a more genuine person , he was a mentor to me I could ask him about anything and get a honest answer. Doug always had time for everyone and enjoyed helping other and would go out of his way to help you , Lord knows he helped me a lot . I spent a lot of time Hunting and fishing with him over our 25 year friendship I really enjoyed being around Svatek and I will truly miss him and our talks about family and the business. God Speed My Friend I will share a beer and talk with you again my friend.