Dr. Douglas Vern Mauerman, 72, of Rochester, Washington, passed away peacefully at his home on July 13, 2013. Born on Aug. 14, 1940 in Vancouver, Wash., he grew up in Longview, Wash., and lived his adult years in the Centralia, Wash., area. In his youth, Doug spent summers on his grandfather’s farm in the Lincoln Creek Valley. He came of age there, eventually returning to the valley to build a small farm, vineyard, and home. His retirement years were spent working on the land that he held so close to his heart. Doug married Phyllis Rice in 1960 and graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., with a degree in chemistry in 1962. He worked for Weyerhaeuser in Cosmopolis, Wash., until 1967 when he returned to school to pursue his doctorate in dentistry at the University of Washington. Dr. Mauerman practiced dentistry in Centralia from 1972 to 2010. He married Deena Pickens in 1978. Doug had many interests. At times he was active in Rotary, the Sons of Norway, the Lincoln Creek Grange, his church, and other community groups. His children noted that once involved in an activity, he would usually serve in a leadership role. Doug also enjoyed traveling throughout the world. Most recently he spent 3 months in the Philippines with his fiancée, Lilia Santos.
Doug is survived by his four children, Barry Mauerman and wife Peggy, of Allenspark, Colo.; Karen Schreuder and husband Lee, of Bellingham, Wash.; Kate Christenson, of Mason, Mich.; and Tiffany McCullough, of Yuma, Ariz. His eight grandchildren were a source of constant pride. He was also survived by sister, Diane Mauerman, and cousin, Brian Thompson. He is preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Esther Mauerman, and his sister, Sally Mauerman. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
A public memorial service will be held at the Lincoln Creek Grange on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Newell-Hoerlings Mortuary.