February 12, 1927 – May 21, 2019
Born in Campbell, Nebraska as the only child of Edgar and Helene (Gagnon) Choquette. Douglas was educated locally in the Campbell Elementary through Secondary School District. He then moved to Chicago to attend a trade school. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in January of 1945 where he served onboard troop ships carrying U.S. soldiers home, and then prisoners of war to various destinations during WW2. After being honorably discharged in May 1946, he returned home to attend Hastings College for two years, then transferred to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He graduated in 1950 with a degree in Math Education and a minor in Physics. Doug’s first teaching position was at Stratton High School in Western Nebraska. Later that same year, 1950, he married his high school sweetheart Janice Brunke. Three years later he and Janice moved to Merced, California and a new teaching position at Planada Elementary School where he stayed for the next 38 years until retiring in 1991.
Douglas was a member of the OLM/St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Merced. He remained a member of the American Legion from 1946 to the present where he served as Chairman for the 8th Grade School Awards Program for 25 years. He was also a member of the Merced Golf & Country Club from 1956 until his passing. During his membership, he served on the Board for three years and as Secretary for 30 more years. During Doug’s time at MG&CC, he had 17 holes-in-one. Mr. 12:06, his usual tee time, shot his last hole-in-one on March 30, 2013, on the 17th hole, at age 86.
Douglas is survived by his and Janice’s seven children: Gary Choquette (Naomi) of Mililani, HI; Joel Choquette (Sherry) of Atwater, CA; Christi Choquette of Merced, CA; Jana Choquette-Ortega (Sal) of Santa Barbara, CA; Denee Choquette-Kosler (Don) of Folsom, CA; Julie Choquette-Coughran (David) of Grass Valley, CA; and Lisa Choquette (Scott) of San Jose, CA. He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
The Service will be a private, family only event. In lieu of any flowers, Douglas asks that any donations PLEASE be given to the American Legion Post 83 of Merced and designate it for the 8th Grade School Award Fund which he Chaired for 25 years. Their address is American Legion, Post 83, 939 W. Main St., Merced, CA 95344-2083.
As a final epitaph to the life of Douglas Edgar Choquette, during his high school years, his parents gave him a black metal plaque with the following verse as a guide for living. It read: “ I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” He will be missed by family and friends.
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Lewie Rodney Bowman-Tesone
October 3, 2019
My partner, Rodney Tesone and I have been living with and caring for Rodney’s dad, Ron Tesone, for the last eight years because he has Alzheimer’s. When someone has this disease, more often than not, they don’t just lose many of their abilities/faculties - they, unfortunately, also lose many of their friends. People just don’t stop by and say “hi” anymore. This was NOT the case with Doug. He is one of only two friends who continued to regularily stop by. He made it a point to come by at least once a month to visit with his old friend and co-worker - and brought Ron’s favorite pastry (maple bars) every visit. Even when it got to the point where Ron couldn’t speak or even talk, Doug still came by and talked to Ron about the old days and shared some great stories with us also. Ron’s eyes would light up when Doug said hello to him and during most of the visits he would smile a lot and be very animated. In our hearts we know that Ron appreciated these visits and so did we. We’ll miss Doug and appreciated him for the kind person and dedicated friend that he was. Our thoughts go out to his family.
May 29, 2019
While teaching at Planada Elementary I noticed Doug would address students as "Tiger" which was the mascot of the school. I asked him about this and he replied that there were so many students he came in contact with, being Assistant Principal, that he couldn't remember all their names. I thought that a pretty clever solution. I'll always remember Doug with admiration through the experiences we shared at Planada Elementary during the formative years of my career.