Doug is a Columbia Falls native and a member of St. Richard Parish since 1955. He graduated from Columbia Falls High School in 1972 and the University of Montana in 1976 and 1979, and Northern Montana College in 1990. While in college, he met Charlene Doyle of Whitefish. In 1979, they married and began their careers in education, Doug as teacher, counselor and coach in Columbia Falls, and Char as speech pathologist in Whitefish. In 1984, they were blessed with a daughter, Brice Erin, whom also graduated from Columbia Falls HS in 2002.
Doug and Char entered the Diocese of Helena’s Diaconate Formation Program in the fall of 2007. On June 29, 2012, Doug, along with his 16 fellow program candidates, was ordained into the order of the permanent diaconate by Bishop George Leo Thomas. Bishop Thomas assigned Doug to serve St. Richard’s beginning June 1, 2012. In June, 2013, Doug retired from education and is now devoting his time to serving his St. Richard family and the Columbia Falls community in his role as permanent deacon.