Douglas VanTyne

Douglas Alan VanTyne

Monday, May 17th, 1965 - Monday, April 13th, 2020
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Douglas Alan VanTyne
May 17, 1965 – April 13, 2020

Douglas Alan VanTyne, 54, recently of Oak Harbor, Washington, passed away April 13, 2020 in Oak Harbor, Washington.

Doug was born May 17, 1965 in Portland, Oregon to JoAnne (Thomison) and Alan Ward VanTyne. Upon the death of his father in 1968, his mother continued to live in Hermiston with her three children (Douglas, Doreen and Gretchen). JoAnne later married Larry Heath and the family moved to Hillsboro, Ore. in 1970 where Doug attended school and graduated from Glencoe High School.

Upon graduating from Glencoe High School, Doug was interested in mechanics, carpentry, forestry and fishing. Doug spent lots of time in the forests and on the river banks with his favorite dogs Sitka and Busty. He did lots of carpentry work, he planted trees for the Forest Service and worked for commercial fishermen in Alaska and Washington State. In his later years he lived at various locations in Northern Washington where he enjoyed the many great fishing rivers and the Puget Sound. Camano Island was considered his home for several years and most recently he was living with his sister in Oak Harbor.

Doug was preceded in death by his father, Alan VanTyne who died in an airplane accident in 1968, and his mother, JoAnne (Thomison) Heath on April 1, 2019.

Doug is survived by his stepfather, Larry Heath (North Plains, OR), his sisters Doreen VanTyne (Lafayette. OR), Gretchen Shaw (Oak Harbor, WA), Amy Simonis (Sweet Home, OR), Shannon Snyder (Vancouver, WA) and Julianna Heath (Vancouver, WA), eleven nieces and nephews.

A burial service will be held later at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in The Dalles, Oregon. Check back for future announcement.

The family suggests donations to the following organizations in lieu of flowers.
-Humane Society of the United States (HSUS, Tax i.d. 53-0225390)
-The National Audubon Society
-Trout Unlimited
-Others that you see as appropriate.
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Julianna Heath

Posted at 01:10am
Doug is my brother and my senior by almost ten years. From early on he taught me the value of fish, plants, trees and dogs. When we lived in Hillsboro he showed me how to take care of all his plants that he had in his room. He had a tank he made himself that was half terrarium and half salmon fry. He taught me to be a daredevil too with the swing he attached to his chin-up bar in his door frame.

Shortly after we moved to North Plains Doug went to live as a care taker for some people in Halfway, Oregon. It was while living there that he got his dog Sitka and he built his first all-wood camper on his Willys Jeep pickup. He did quite a bit of tree planting for Weyerhaeuser and lived in that camper rain or shine on the planting sites. When he came home from Halfway he eventually settled into a house about a mile from where Dad (Larry Heath) still lives. Doug took me and Sitka on probably every river and road from the gorge to the ocean. Doug taught me how to tell the difference between Rainbow trout and Cutthroat trout and pretty much any Salmon or steelhead we could get our hands on. He also taught me that falling down a huge ravine was worth the trip if it meant being able to reach a stream we hadn’t fished yet.

When Doug became a scrapper, Sitka and I were his copilots. I remember from about 13 or 14 years old being the pilot of the tow car behind his truck. One time we were trying to get this giant Ford LTD car back to his house and he was pulling us so fast to get a run up the hill and I freaked out and threw on the brakes and that was nearly the end of us. When we were done with our days it inevitably ended with starting a fire in the backyard and putting a grill over it to cook whatever we had caught or scavenged for the day.

My daughter was about four when Doug took us and his dog Busty out fishing, saying he had to be the one to take her to catch her first fish. It was such fun except Delia was freaked out that the fish would become food. That Christmas Doug and Debra got me my very first Salmon pole with a full tackle box and a smaller trout pole for Delia. Doug stayed with us quite a lot over the years. He loved cooking, gardening and building and talking. He loooved to talk. He was also a bit of a magpie like Delia, and I have all sorts of things he collected over the years - the weirdest of which was the full size plastic goose we have in the backyard. A few of the things he built were a shed and pagoda and a huge trellis over the back patio. The coolest thing was the small trellis and garden area he built for Delia to see out her bedroom window.

He is my big brother and he is missed.


Posted at 07:15pm
Doug was our only brother and was sandwiched in between us 5 sisters. He knew everything about the outdoors and could identify any bird, plant or fish. If for some reason he didn’t know the answer, he had a book about it and would look it up. Doug was a meticulous craftsman. He drew designs, double and triple checked his work before hammering the first nail. Doug also loved his two best friends, dogs Sitka and Busty more than anything. I will cherish the raised garden beds he built and think of him every time I go into the garden. I miss you already and will love you forever, Doug.
Love, Shannon


Posted at 12:46pm
I will miss Doug and will always have many memories of good times we had. Doug came into my life when he was only 4-yr old.
I remember the many fishing trips with Doug on the Wind River and him building dams in Trapper Cr. in front of our cabin. Doug loved fishing and continued through out his life. He still went back to the wind river periodically on camping trips.
There were the soccer and baseball games he played. I remember one soccer game where he played Goalie on a muddy field in the rain, he loved it.
As I stand on our deck, I remember working with him designing the deck, I see the many trees he has planted in our yard and I see the rocks lining our flower bed that he had collected and brought home, I see the concrete steps and walk ways we poured.
We had some good times.

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