Doug was 65, of The Dalles, Ore., and passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.
Doug was born in Moscow, Idaho, to John M. and Patricia A. (Schultz) Waters. He grew up in Spokane, Wash., where he graduated from Ferris High School in 1969.
Doug graduated from Spokane Falls Community College in 1971. In 1978 he moved to Billings, Mont,. where he worked as an Assistant Manager for Wendy’s restaurant. In 1981, Doug hired on with Skippers’ Seafood N’ Chowder House where his love of restaurant management began. In 1990, he moved to The Dalles to manage Skippers. There he met Dorothy, and in September of 1995 they were married. In 2007, they purchased the Skippers in The Dalles and, over the next several years, they owned and operated eight restaurants throughout Oregon and Washington. Doug was involved in the local community and was an active member of The Dalles Chamber of Commerce. He also supported fundraisers for local schools and charities.
Growing up, Doug loved boating and fishing at the family cabin on the Spokane River. His love for the water continued into his adult life. He spent much of his time boating and fishing on Lake Chelan, the Wenatchee River and the Columbia River. He loved woodworking, a good movie, working on cars and storytelling. He enjoyed traveling with Dorothy in their RV and meeting up with family and friends.
Doug is survived by his wife, Dorothy, who resides in The Dalles, Ore; his children, Chris Waters of Dufur, Ore., and Jenny Cheatham (Monty) of Gail, Texas; four grandchildren; Kerish and Mercedes Waters of Dufur, Ore., Lexi Monette of San Angelo, Texas, and Brooklyn Cheatham of Gail, Texas; brothers, Mike Waters (Cheryl) of Olympia, Wash., and Steve Waters (Becky) of Mead, Wash; nephews, Shawn, Jeff (Sasha) and Matt Waters; and nieces, Stephanie Brown and Megan Waters.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents, John in March 2003, and Patricia in April 2002.
A memorial service will be held at The Dalles Civic Auditorium (323 East 4th Street, The Dalles, Ore.) on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 1:30 p.m., followed by a celebration of life beginning at 2p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Doug Waters Memorial Fund at https://www.youcaring.com/dorothywaters-832322
Arrangements are under direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center – Celilo Chapel, 204 E. 4th St., The Dalles, OR 97058. You are invited to visit and leave a condolence message for the family at www.AndersonTributecenter.com.
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