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Carlysle Arden Douglas

January 16, 1939July 16, 2021

LCDR Carlysle (Carl) Douglas died on July 16, 2021. He was born on January 16, 1939 in Durango, Colorado as the fifth child of Orville and Ethel Douglas. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Pearl Soper Douglas, and his youngest son, Barry D. Douglas.

He is survived by a son, Scott A. Douglas; a sister, Betty Ralston (Ben); and a brother, Ralph Douglas.

Carl served in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer on amphibious and logistic ships. He was the Commanding Officer of Nye County. He received a Master's Degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. His decorations include the Bronze Star with Combat "V", the Navy Commendation Medal with "V", and various Republic of Vietnam Medals.

In civilian life, he worked for a Defense Consultant in Northern Virginia and at the Center for Naval Analyses. Carl was the author of a book about the death of his son, and recently several articles on religion and politics. He was a member of the Navy League, the Colonial Area Republican Men's Association, and Walnut Hills Baptist Church.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021 beginning at 2PM at Nelsen Funeral Home and Crematory, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg VA 23188. He will be interred at a date to be announced in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Carl's name to the Medical Ministries Fund at Walnut Hills Baptist Church, 1014 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185 (

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Scott Douglas

July 17, 2021

My father was born at Grand Junction, Colorado. He was a loving father, devoted to all of his family and friends. Other survivors includes his brother Ralph of New York and sister, Betty Raulston of Portland, Oregon. Son Barry predeceased Carl. Carl was a retired Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy and served his country honorably for over twenty years. He was a member of the Walnut Hills Baptist Church nd faithfully devoted his life to serving the lord. He was passionate about the Washington Redskins football team and attended many of their games. He was also closely followed the New York Yankees baseball team.

Today, we remember that with the death of Carl Arden Douglas a great man has passed on to eternal life. Carl will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery next to his wife, Pearl.