Richard ”Doug” Douglas Larson

05/05/2007 — 10/18/2007

From Benton, City, WA, US | Born in Seattle, Washington

Richard ”Doug” Douglas Larson

Richard “Doug” Larson, 60, of Benton City, passed away October 18, 2007 at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. He was born May 5, 1947 in Seattle, WA and has lived in the Tri-Cities for 4.5 years.

After graduating from Sunnyside High School, Doug went on to make President’s List at Shoreline Community College for Aviation, and was very proud of receiving his private pilot’s license.

He loved to fly, play golf and be with his wife and dogs. Doug was a “take charge” kind of guy and a great friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Doug was a pilot of a 747-400 and flew a CH-47 Chinook during his time as an Army Aviator. He also served as instructor in the Army for DC6’s, CH-47 Chinooks and Hueys, and was a bush pilot in Alaska.

Doug received the Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Medal 36th OLC, Bronze Star. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion

Survivors include his wife Barbara Larson; daughter and son-in-law Jaime and Brian Norris; mother Dorothy Schaneman; Julie Schaneman; Diane and Gene Schaneman Raysch; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by Boris Larson, his Great Pyrenes Dog.

Celebration of Doug’s life will be held at 4:00 PM Thursday, October 25, 2007 at Tagaris Winery, 844 Tulip Lane, Richland.

Memorial contributions may be made in Doug’s memory to Asthma Research, National Asthma Foundation, PO Box 30069, Tucson, AZ 85751.

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  • I flew with Doug as a first officer at Atlas Air. He wasn’t one of those who locked the hotel door and waited for the return trip. We had great fun in Shenzhen, China going to the driving range where Doug would be more then willing to help correct us neophytes with our swing. Driving the go-karts, in a spirited mood, Doug and the rest of us, had retreated to being ten year old boys.

    My condolences to his family on the loss of human, who still found the folly of life amusing. Peace.

    Roderic Orr
    November 4, 2014
    Eagle, River, AK, US
  • Uncle Doug, Forever in your debt for teaching me how to make the perfect Martini! Really going to miss that cinical laugh, but I can still hear it everytime I think of you and all the great times we had together. We had fun my friend, we had fun. Those times will be missed but not forgotten. Oscar mayer

    Dan Oscar mayer
    November 4, 2014
    Redmond, WA, US
  • Barb, I was sorry to see Doug had pass on. I hadn’t talk to him in a while, but I will always remember the times we had together playing golf. If I wanted to make sure that I beat him, all I had to do was seat in “the left” seat, and it would drive him nuts. Again so sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

    Don W. Brotherton
    November 4, 2014
  • Deepest condolences to Doug’s family from old friends of Bethel times and the local flying lore….it was our blessing to have shared those times with Doug.

    Bill & Marge Bainton
    November 4, 2014
    Anchorage, AK, US
  • Very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    My son Justin is Doug’s nephew. I will remember Doug for coming and picking up my son and taking him snow boarding just because. It meant so much to me and to my son.

    Christie L. Hamilton
    November 4, 2014
    Yakima, WA, US
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