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Douglas P. Crain

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Date published: 8/25/2014

Douglas P. Crain

Douglas P. Crain, 84, of Locust Grove passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Mary Washington Hospital, with family by his side.

A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at Laurel Hill Funeral Home, 10127 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553, with a reception to follow from 4 to 6 p.m. at Clearwater Grill in Locust Grove.

Douglas was born in Vernon, Texas, to Ira "Cage" George and Gilmer Crain on Jan. 19, 1930. He graduated from Odell High School and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas Tech and a master's degree in business administration from Texas Christian University. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany, where he met the love of his life, Christa Maria Fey.

He worked in the aero-space industry with McDonnell Douglas and Vought Corporation, retiring in 1992. During his time in the industry, he was an integral part of the Apollo, Shuttle and Stealth programs, among many others.

He was a resident of the Lake of the Woods community and enjoyed participation and leadership on many committees. He also worked tirelessly with land planning issues in Orange County. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved spending time with his great friends in North Dakota. Locally, his leadership, mentoring and kindness will be greatly missed by his many friends, family and his favorite Labrador retriever, Heidi.

Douglas was preceded in death by his parents, Cage and Gilmer; and a daughter, Marianne Gardener.

Douglas is survived by his wife of 59 years, Christa Maria, of Locust Grove; son and daughter-in-law, Mark Douglas and Angela Marie Crain; daughter Peggy Heath; two grandchildren, Lisa and Jeffrey Heath; and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lake of the Woods Fire & Rescue, 104 Lakeview Parkway, Locust Grove, VA 22508; or Lake of the Woods Veterans Club, 102 Lakeview Parkway, Locust Grove, VA 22508.