OBITUARY

Douglas Edward Oatley II

August 20, 1985March 26, 2021

Douglas E. Oatley, II 35, of Walpole, NH, passed away at his home on March 26, 2021.

His parents, Douglas E. Oatley and Erin (McCarron) Oatley welcomed their son into the world on August 20, 1985 in Hyannis, MA. Doug grew up in Keene, NH and was a graduate of Keene High School.

A member of the Army National Guard, Doug was deployed to Iraq, serving there from 2006-2007.

At the time of his passing, Doug was self-employed as a carpenter, but he was best known for his passion of being in nature. He thru-hiked from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail and from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. He was inspired by others to attempt these endeavors and, in turn, inspired so many more by completing them.

Doug also had a great appreciation and love for his pets and animals in the outdoors. He was a talented musician who enjoyed jamming with his friends and family on his guitar. Doug’s sense of humor uplifted those around him and could easily lighten any mood by bringing a smile to your face.

He will be greatly missed by many, especially his father Douglas E. Oatley of Westmoreland, NH; his mother, Erin Bowers, of Hamilton, VA; his siblings, Michael Oatley of Purcellville, VA, Kevin Oatley of Spofford, NH, Cole Rogers, of Glastonbury, CT, Morgan Rogers of Manchester, NH, Anthony Oatley of Westmoreland, NH, Emma Bowers of Leesburg, VA; his partner, Jenny Scadova of Walpole, NH, and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Services for Doug will be held privately by the family.

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  • Services for Doug will be held privately by the family.

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Madita Schneider

April 9, 2021

Blaze...I met you in Sierra City, California which we passed hiking the PCT. There you sat with your dark black sunglasses. We didn't know each other yet but you broke the ice right away by telling one of your many adventurous stories. I loved listening to them and talking to you. You could make even the little things, the little encounters sound magical. You were one of the goofiest people I ever met. Actually the goofiest! But there was so much more. You had a big, open heart for everyone and I'm so so glad that you were a part of my biggest journey. Everytime you were around and felt free you made this loud "kawKAW" bird sound and I would just howl back like a wolf. Do you remember once not seeing each other for a couple weeks on the PCT? You were hiding behind a bush you camped that night and made that "kawKAW" sound you used to make feeling wild and free. I was howling back and you were jumping out of that bush as a surprise. What a happy day! Ever since I keep howling in those moments of freedom hoping one day to hear you answer. I know you found happiness in a lot of things in your life but I also know your deep longing for completely freedom you found mostly in nature. So I will keep howling cause I know your "kawKAW" is now louder than ever. I love you mate, we all do! You will be deeply missed and never forgotten!

Juan Coronado

April 8, 2021

I just wanna say you changed my life buddy. You started as a roommate and left as friend. You were there for allot of transitions in my life. We'd play music and stay up all night just talking. One of the few who i talk to like that. You got me back into hiking. Were there for a lot of stuff that seems small but was big to me. I always thought you were one of the most adventurous people i've known. Always had things you were doin. I admired you man. I miss you and i love you as brother. Still got that photo you left on the fridge. Rest easy. Ill see you again one day.

Alecka Siao

April 7, 2021

I met doug in a hiking forum where he posted his trail achievements. We became friends even though im 8,000+ miles away. He loves being outdoor, away from the busy crowd coz in the mountain trail he find peace, he love's his family so much. He's a great man, a good friend and a hero.
Climb up high there blaze. You Will be missed so much. Love lots.

Andrew Dow

April 4, 2021

I will miss you brother,

Doug served with me in Iraq from 2006-2007. He was always smiling and happy. I was honored to be his guard commander and executive company officer at Camp Cropper, Baghdad Iraq. He served with honor in Iraq. I think I have a photo of him when he received his combat patch if his family wants it contact me at dowandy65@gmail.com. I say this from the bottom of my heart, it saddens me he has passed on. I pray for his family and his soul. Attached I included a photo of a watercolor painting I did recently to honor our young men and woman who served with me and serve today in our military, they all matter! Doug will never be forgotten or those he served with. I will miss the images he would post from his adventures. May his soul forever rest in piece.

Steph Adler

April 3, 2021

To all who love Doug,

Thanks for sharing him with the world. When Doug moved onto Pierce Ln, he immediately brought our little neighborhood to life. Our mile-walk home from the bus stop actually became enjoyable because Doug always brought the smiles. I have so many laughs and memories that I will forever cherish.

When Doug hiked the AT I reconnected with him and gained a whole new admiration for his connection to nature. I actually bought the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Planner because I was so inspired by him (it's still a book that has not been put into practice - but I am confident I'll use it one day, thanks to him). We had recently talked about him and Jenny making a visit to Alaska to do all of the hiking. It hurts my heart that he'll physically not make it here, but I know he's hiking the best mountains we could ever imagine. Every hike, I will think of him.

Doug is everywhere, and I know that's where he's at peace.

I love you forever, neighbor friend. xox

Rebekah Lockwood

April 2, 2021

I met Doug while hiking the Appalachian trail. He was kind and honest. I first met him after trail days, but our paths crossed frequently over the following months. He was, and will continue to be, loved.

Alexis George

April 1, 2021

I had the pleasure of meeting and spending time alongside Doug in NH and ME, on our thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2017. “Blaze”, as he was affectionately known on trail, was an incredible human. I grieve deeply for his loss, and for the loss experienced by his loved ones. I am filled with gratitude for his friendship and for the memories I was able to share with him, and will forever remember with fondness and love. Mixed with his calm, gentle demeanor, Blaze had the goofiest sense of humor and was such fun to be around. I’ll never forget the music videos sung along to at hostels, the shadow puppets we’d make while setting up campfire, the peaceful views shared after a gorgeous climb, the conversations we’d have over a meal in town, or the celebratory exuberance of summiting Katahdin together. Blaze was one of a kind, and will be desperately missed. I wish him peace. <3 - Alexis “OG” George

Susan Reynolds

April 1, 2021

Mr. Oatley, Ms. Bowers, and family,
I deployed with Doug to Iraq in 2006-2007. Though we weren’t in the same platoon, I got to know him through interaction within the facility that we worked in. Doug was a wonderful guy and a great soldier. He had a smile that could light up the room and his sense of humor kept us chuckling. It was an honor to serve with him. It was a joy to find him at my sister’s 2007 Halloween party, too!
As a tribute to Doug, a flag has been donated in his name to the Field of Honor taking place in Rochester, NH from 29-31 May 2021. Until Valhalla! God bless you all and I pray that Doug has found the peace that he has been searching for. and so richly deserves.

SFC (Retired) Susan Reynolds

Phillip Loves

April 1, 2021

Missing you, my friend!

Dianne Arsenault

April 1, 2021

My sadness is overflowing, but when I think of Dougie, I smile! One of his greatest gifts he gave me was his smile, his sense of humor and the love we shared as family! The miles of hiking and the times we sat around the campfire at Hermit Island. Paragliding comes to mind when remembering the early mornings when the fog was lifting and waiting for the heat to rise as it formed thermals to take you up and away. I'm sure our journey is not over, gotta gut feeling :) Until we meet again <3

FROM THE FAMILY