Douglas Nathanial Blue passed away at MD Anderson on April 4, 2013, with his loving wife, Carolyn, by his side. Doug courageously battled lung cancer as he did all things, with a positive outlook and an unbridled determination which marked him as the man we've come to know.
Doug was born in Cleveland, Texas, March 21, 1939. He was preceded in death by his parents, Delmer Nathaniel Blue and Ruthie Mae Blue.
Doug proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy submarine service from 1957 to 1965 on board the USS Thornback, the USS Daniel Webster, and the USS Ethan Allan. He also served his country in the U.S. Army from 1967 till his retirement in 1977. He served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division as a helicopter gunship pilot and was awarded the Bronze Star and 14 Air Medals.
Doug met and married the love of his life, Carolyn J. Giacalone on September 23, 1961, at St. Martha's Catholic Church in Uniondale, New York. Together they enjoyed a life full of adventure, traveling the World, boating, ranching, and raising 4 boys who would ultimately follow in their Father's footsteps as patriots in our nation's service.
Doug enjoyed adventure and was bigger than life to those around him. He was a true inspiration and a fantastic role model to his children and grandchildren; infusing them with a "Can Do" spirit that lives on in the company he founded. We all knew him to be the man to call to get something done or to fix a problem.
Doug is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn; Sons, William D. Blue, Donald N. Blue, David S. Blue, and Douglas N. Blue II; grandchildren Billy, Rachel, Natalie, Douglas, Amber, Anthony, Connor, and Kate; sisters, Kathy, Rose, Betty, and Jerry; brother Dean; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many more friends he met along the way.
The family would like to thank Doug's sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Bill Hammond, for their many years of love and devotion. Also, to Doug and Carolyn's family, friends, and neighbors for their generosity and support.
Thank you for all who called, prayed, and sent heart felt messages as he fought the good fight.
Our family is truly grateful for the excellent care given by his physicians and the entire staff at MD Anderson who provided his care with love, comfort, and compassion.
Doug will be remembered for his true grit, unwavering determination, and strength of character; but most of all, for his deep love for Carolyn and his family. He will be sorely missed by all of us.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
Viewing will be held at Dignity Memorial, 10710 Veteran's Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038 on April 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm. Services will be held on April 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm am at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038.