Douglas Donovan King
November 22, 1953 – August 18, 2019
Douglas Donovan King 1953-2019
It is with broken hearts that the KING family announces the passing of Doug King, aged 65. After a two year illness he passed away in Vernon, B.C. with his family at his side. Doug was born in Edmonton, Alberta, the first born of five children to Donovan and Gaybrella King; Doug, David, Bob, Rick and Cathy. When Doug was 10, the family moved to Rocky Mountain House, Alberta where his many childhood adventures took place…many of which he would recount over and over embellishing the stories with each retelling. Doug lived in Fort McMurray for 43 years, working as a heavy equipment operator for 25 years and the remaining time spent as a real estate agent for RE/Max and Coldwell Banker. He was proud to be able to work along side his wife Sheran of 39 years and his children, Michael and Christie. They were The Real Estate Kings of Fort McMurray. He and Sheran retired in July 2017 and moved to Vernon, B.C. where most of the family lived. In the mid 90s, his son Derek encouraged him to check out the little surf/fishing village of Sayulita in Mexico. He was hooked and for the next 20 years, Sayulita was their vacation destination. Together, he and Sheran built a beautiful vacation home in 2007 that was to be their retirement home. Doug enjoyed reading, fishing, cooking and watching cooking shows, playing poker, watching UFC and hockey…especially his grandsons and the Oilers of course. He absolutely loved the time he spent with his grandchildren. Not to be forgotten…he made the best margaritas in Sayulita and possibly all of Mexico (everyone thought). Doug is survived by his wife Sheran, children; Krishanda (Lawrence), Arianna (Darren), Derek (Jodi), Christie and Michael (Jelena), his grandchildren; Yoenne, Isis, Ethan, Ben, Isabella, Abigail , Lily and Alliyah, his father Donovan and step-mother Suzan, and siblings David, Bob and Cathy. He is predeceased by his mother and brother, Rick. Doug will be greatly missed by many family and friends. The world has lost another great guy!! A Celebration of Doug’s life will be held on September 21, 2019 at The Quality Hotel in Fort McMurray 2:00-4:00pm.
Celebration of Life
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Quality Hotel
424 Gregoire Dr.
Douglas Donovan King
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September 13, 2019
I was in grade 6, just starting to ski, and dad came out for the day with our class .
We had tried some of the easier runs early that morning and then decided to hit up “valley view”. A considerably steeper run than the others .
I’ll never forget skiing down , turning in between pitches to watch my dad shred a couple lines .
Shred a couple lines is Not what he did .
He pointed them straight and didn’t turn .
By the time he made it passed us and my friends and I are waving our arms in the air pleading to him to slow down or stop , he waved back and continued his journey down the 2nd pitch .
That’s when things turned ugly .
It was a few moments later that we witnessed the largest garage sale of ski apparel flying out of a flume of snow , ice flakes and whatever else he stirred up as he cart wheeled himself down the remaining of the run .
Thank goodness no broken bones or concussion but definitely shook him up giving him a wake up call on skiing 101 and why we carve down the hill .
Love you Dad , Derek
September 12, 2019
We have lost the "POET" in our family, Doug. was that special person who took on that roll, of comforting family, and others when those sad things arise in our lives. He filled that roll for many
of our family with compassion and skill.
You Did Good , Doug.
With Love to my Eldest Son;
September 7, 2019
My dads initial experience to Mexico , especially Sayulita was an amazing one .
It was a really nice Christmas , a nice change from the -40 fort Mac Christmas’s.
I’ll always remember us all gathered in the evening in the town square outside of the one of the only restaurants open after 6 back then . They only served quesadillas .
Down comes the road my dad with this big giant Mexican kid , holding on to his ear , he brings him into the town square , looking for justice as he caught the kid riffling through our place .
Cameron “shrimp” lived right across the street .
A couple of our Mexican surfing friends started laughing and told us this kid has mental problems, not to worry , he’s ok .
Buy him a couple quesadillas and he’s good to go !
So that’s what we did .
Miss you Dad , Derek