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Douglas Jerome Donnelly
12/28/1951 — 01/07/2022
From West Richland | Born in California
Douglas Jerome Donnelly
Douglas Donnelly passed away at home on January 7, 2022. He was 70 years old. Doug was born on December 28, 1951, in California. Doug took his own life due to the many years of dealing with severe PTSD.
Doug is survived by his loving wife Jolene, his daughter Jamie and granddaughter Devon of Kennewick, WA, his son Jason and grandson Jaydon of Florida, and Stepson Nick Morris of Walla Walla, WA. He also leaves behind his little support dog and buddy Frasier. He is also survived by his siblings, Jim Donnelley of CA, Lucille Jackson of Arlington, WA, and Cheryl Rehak of Kennewick, WA, along with several nieces and nephews.
Doug started his career in the US Army at the age of seventeen and served in Viet Nam. He then returned to the states where he was trained in EOD. He spent 12 years in the service of his country, where he was attached to several Governmental agencies which allowed him the opportunity to travel and work with the Secret Service Presidential protection. He also worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the LA County and Butte County in California.
Doug moved his family to Richland so he could pursue a career in the nuclear field. He was a manager for several years and instrumental in the startup of Hammer Training Facility. He worked for SIGN for 15 years before he had to retire in 2014 due to the onset of PTSD.
Doug had a caring and generous personality. He could change words in songs and sing them to the point that one must stop and think about the true words. He was going to write a dictionary of words made up by him and called Dougism. He enjoyed his time with his many friends while in the Goldwing Riders Group. He enjoyed his many of trips around the state with his longtime great friends Pat and Sandy Hogan. He was truly a loving, giving husband through all his suffering. He gave generously to charities that meant something to him.
May you be at peace my love with no more bad dreams, nightmares, or pain of any type. We had too short of a life together. Find those trees of green and those red roses for you and me.
A Graveside Service with Military Honors for the inurnment of Doug’s cremains will be held on Friday, February 25th at 11:00 AM at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 915 Bypass Hwy, Richland, WA. A luncheon will follow at Mayfield Gathering Place and Event Center in West Richland from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
In the early 1980’s Doug was my EOD Team Leader, mentor, and someone who I am very proud to call ‘friend’. The sound advice he passed onto me as a young EOD Tech will never be forgotten as I teach those same lessons to the new EOD operators I currently train in the post-war countries I work in. RIP my friend, you will never be forgotten
To Doug’s Family,
It is with great sadness that I heard of Doug’s passing. I served with Doug in the Army at Fort Lewis, WA and shared many great times together. I wish your family all the best in this time of sadness, always remember the good times. From this family to yours all our prayers to you.
Jolene and family,
Sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I served with Doug for several years at Ft Lewis, WA in the early 1980s. I lost track of him for several years before finally making contact. I wish I could have been there. Prayers & Condolences
We were so disappointed that we missed Doug’s reception and service. We had the wrong day listed for his events. We wanted to give you a hug and share this special time with you. Our prayers are with you and the rest of Doug’s family.
Bud and Nancie
I will miss Doug and his checking on us as we settle the world problems across the fence. I will miss his smarty pants when he tells us to get to work ” doing something”! Most of all I will miss the love I could truly see between the two of you. We are here for you always my dear friend.
I grew up knowing Doug, as Jamie was my best friend. Doug dealt with me and all our shenanigans. He was amazing person who always forgave me when I did stupid things. His tacos were the best and I have so many memories of him. He will be missed. I loved him and always appreciated him.
There are no words for the sadness that is in my heart and the sympathy I feel for those he loved and left behind. Doug was a wonderful human and had so much to give. We have all lost so much. Please remember him for how he lived and all he gave, don’t remnant him for how he died. Love and blessings
A terrible loss … I will always remember Doug as a kind and gentle man. We shared 1 thing in common, our grandson, Jaydon.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Joleen, Jaime, Jason…and the rest of the family. Call if you ever need anything or even an ear to listen.
(Danielle Donnelly’s Mother / Jaydon’s Grandmother)
Peace be with you.
I pray you are at peace