Obituary of Douglas Rhoads Leach |

Obituary of Douglas Rhoads Leach

Douglas Rhoads Leach passed away on Sept. 10, 2015. He was 83.

He was born and raised in Davis, California.

He graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Engineering and Business Administration.

Doug served in the army as the Technical Ordinance Intelligence Advisor to the Taiwanese Army in their hostilities with China from 1955 to 1957.

He believed he was the only soldier who was shot at in war who wasn’t considered a veteran since it wasn’t a U.S. war.

After the army, he worked as a facilities engineer and later as a consultant for start-up Biotech companies in Silicon Valley. He didn’t always understand what the Biotech company was doing but they didn’t understand how to build a facility.

Doug was always happiest in the outdoors, especially in the Sierra. He skied his last run at Sugar Bowl just after his 80th birthday.

After retirement, he spent many happy hours volunteering at the SYRSP at Bridgeport and the North Star Mine Museum in Grass Valley.

He is survived by wife of 56 years, LaVerne; son Kyle Leach; daughters, Katherine (William) Rauch and Leslie (Joseph) Miller; sisters, Joann (Richard) Larkey and Janet Chapman; and grandchildren, Jennifer, Joshua, Andrew, Avery, Colin, Kyra and Hayden.

The family would especially like to thank all the staff at Cascades of Grass Valley, respite caregiver, David Berry, and the hospice team for all their loving care and support.

He was a longtime supporter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and, if desired, family would prefer memorial donations to either TNC or Hospice of the Foothills.

Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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