Obituary of Douglas Mark Harrell
Douglas (Doug) Harrell passed away peacefully at home Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. He was 85.
Doug was born Aug. 2, 1928, in Paradise, Kansas, to Mark and Mildred (Tucker) Harrell. They moved to Denver, Colorado, where he attended school.
He joined the Army in 1946 spending two years in the Philippines. After the Army, he returned to Denver and attended the University of Denver. After that he worked for Desks, Inc.
In 1964, he moved to San Francisco and worked for Western Contract Furniture.
He married Arletta (Arlie) Faiman on Dec. 31, 1964, and they made San Francisco their first home.
In 1968 Western Contract International was established and he became president. He spent a great deal of time out of the country.
Business was primarily in the Far and Middle East, Orient, South Pacific and Hawaii. An early contract was for the Pearl Palace in Iran, with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation for Princess Shams Paklavi, sister of the Shah of Iran.
In 1972, they moved to Silverado in Napa, California. They commuted to San Francisco until 1982 when he sold the company and retired.
Doug was an avid golfer, enjoying all sports (he was a loyal 49er fan.) He loved woodworking, boating and fishing.
They joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary and spent many weekends patrolling the Bay and Delta.
In 1989, he wanted a change of pace and space and built his dream shop, so they moved to Grass Valley to fulfill that dream. He also enjoyed his ponds, fish and yard.
Doug will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Vona Dorn, brother Bob and his beloved Goldens, Heather, Baron, Duchess and Duke. Lady joined them Feb. 16, 2015.
A burial will be held at a later date in Mandan, North Dakota, at the North Dakota National Cemetery.
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