OBITUARY

Douglas Eugene Carruthers

April 21, 1957March 28, 2019
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Douglas Eugene (Doug) Carruthers - 1957-2019

Beloved husband, father, grandfather (Tatay) and brother, Doug was born April 21, 1957 in Kalispell, MT to Arnold (Arnie) and Bonnie Carruthers. The family moved to the Spokane Valley in the latter part of 1957. Doug graduated from University High School in 1975 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976. His 20-year naval career included postings in Whidbey Island, the Philippines, Hawaii, and Guam.

While stationed in the Philippines, Doug met and married the love of his life Nancy Batis. When Doug retired from the Navy in 1996, he and Nancy moved their family back to the Spokane Valley.

Doug returned to civilian life and began a second career working at Itronics (General Dynamics) and most recently at Keytronics.

Doug is survived by his wife, Nancy and his daughters – Norelyn Phillips, Norma Leach (David), Natalie Craig (Kris), Natasha Carruthers and 9 grand-children: Ayana, Kobe, Alexa, Dylan, Corbin, Rowan, David, Nancy, and Bonnie (with one more on the way, Franklin). He is also survived by siblings Charlotte Carruthers, Denise Red, Lori Klassen and Don Carruthers. He was preceded in death by both parents and brother Bill Carruthers.

We will all miss his steadfast love, his terrific smile and wicked sense of humor.

Funeral services for Doug will be held at Thornhill Valley Funeral Chapel on April 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, April 19, 2019
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Douglas Eugene Carruthers

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Mike Glover

April 6, 2019

Doug, Ernie Lefler, and I were roommates during the 1982 PI deployment. Whenever I hear a Rolling Stones song I’m transported back to that memorable time. He and Ernie threw me a big party at barracks 31 when my daughter was born back at Barbers Point. I’ll miss you brother and praying comfort for your family.

Cotton ( Stephen) Eubanks

April 5, 2019

Doug was my radio operator in VP 4 , I will never forget all the times he and I and Dwayne Hipperson and the AWBuck Buckingham were all singing in the back of the airplane and Doug had the dubious nickname of lips because he sang like Louis Armstrong , we all called him lips and I sadly miss my buddy , he was a warm human being and he always made me feel comfortable around him and happy to be around him , He always gave me good marriage advice and good family advice , I’ll crack a San Miguel for you brother, safe journey my friend Fairwinds and following seas

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