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Douglas Lloyd Vaughan started this adventure he called life March 9, 1960, in Boulder. Little did he know he was to become the older of two boys to Lloyd and Charolette Vaughan.
He spent his youth with his younger brother, Don, and their best friend, Dave, terrorizing the citizens of Boulder until his graduation from Fairview High in 1978.
He then went to work for H.W. Moore in Denver as a heavy equipment mechanic, eventually reaching journeyman status. In 1982, he was transferred to Craig to operate a field service truck until 1985, when the company closed its Craig office.
He then began working construction, doing general odd jobs and seasonal work for the Bureau of Land Management. He worked seasonally as an equipment operator and truck driver for the Forest Service and winter plow operator for the state highway department, until the Forest Service eventually hired him full time and stationed him in Steamboat Springs.
With them, Doug saw a lot of backcountry and the front line of many fires. The job fit Doug well with his many varied work skills and love of the outdoors
Early in 1986, he met Eva out with friends dancing. After spending the next year convincing her that he was the man of her dreams, they married in November 1987 at the Midway Hall out on the Great Divide.
Doug quickly became a part of Eva’s large and extended family, fitting in as he had always been there.
Doug loved being with Eva, and if you saw one, the other was usually not far away. You would see them often at auctions, each looking for their next project or treasure. You could also find them gathering cattle for family and friends, boating, whitewater river rafting, water skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, riding ATVs or hunting.
If they were not outside, you could find them in their shop, Doug fixing or building anything with metal from a tractor to a trailer to a barbecue grill.
Doug was an avid hunter, and in October 2007 he got his chance of a lifetime to hunt in Cold Springs. He considered it the best hunt of his life, bagging a bull that scored 358 5/8. The only hunt that came close was two years later when Eva drew the same area and bagged a bull scoring 277.
Doug and Eva joined the Moffat County Search and Rescue in 1995, and they had a lot of great adventures learning to repel, whitewater rafting, doing cold water rescue and innumerable other adventures, once again feeding Doug’s love of the outdoors.
Doug was a wildland firefighter for the Routt National Forest, running heavy equipment and making fire containment lines on many of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, New Mexico and Arizona lands. He also joined Moffat County’s wildland fire crew, leading him to the front lines of some of Moffat County’s most interesting fires.
Throughout Doug’s life he had the opportunity to meet many wonderful and interesting people, and would like to say thanks, it was a wonderful time.
Doug is survived by his wife, Eva of 23 years; parents Charolette and Lloyd Vaughan, of Craig; brother Don (Jeanne) Vaughan, of Lafayette; stepson Richard (Lynn) Nichols, of Craig; sisters-in-law Ilda Booco, of Hayden, and Illena (Gene) Updike, of Craig; brothers-in-law Alvin Lawton, Leroy (Peggy) Lawton, and Ronald (Shirley) Lawton, all of Craig, and Lindean (Pat) Lawton, of Grand Junction; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews from both sides of the family.
A funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion with Tim Jantz officiating.
Pallbearers were Barry Barnes, Todd Wheeler, Mike Toovey, Ron DellaCroce, Don Vaughan and Todd Bellio. Honorary pallbearers were “all Doug’s family and his many friends.”
Memorial donations may be made to the Moffat County Search and Rescue, 800 W. First Street, Craig, CO 81625.