Douglas Warren DeHaan, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, and Friend returned home to his Heavenly Father on February 1, 2024.
Doug was born on June 16, 1931, in Spokane, Washington, to Joseph and Gladys DeHaan.
Doug has a younger sister named Norma and was preceded in death by his older brother Richard.
Doug served in the Army at Fort Richardson Military Base in Anchorage Alaska. Doug attended college at Washington State University and the University of Washington and started his career in Consumer Financial Services. He served as a Government Relations Director for many years and was active in politics.
Barbara Louise Harris joined Doug in Anchorage and they were married on March 19, 1955. They were sealed for Time and All Eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple on December 6, 1955. Doug and Barbara enjoyed nearly 69 years together as a couple. Doug was devoted to Barbara and his four children and was a powerful example and patriarch to his family. He dedicated his life to serving others and developed a strong faith in Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, age 92, his 2 sons Terrence Joseph DeHaan and Roger Lee DeHaan, and his daughter Julienne DeHaan Przybyla. His oldest daughter, Rochelle DeHaan Hamblin, passed away one month prior on January 2, 2024. Doug and Barbara have 13 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren.
Throughout his life, Doug developed a strong relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He served in many communities and callings (service positions) in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Some of his callings in the church included Bishop (three times), Stake President Counselor (under two different Presidents), and Stake President, for a combined service in the Stake of 19 years. He also served as a Regional Representative and Temple Sealer, sealing many of his children and grandchildren in the temple.
Barbara and Doug opened the Florida Jacksonville Mission and he served as the Mission President for three years (1987 – 1990). Working with faithful young men and women to share the gospel of Jesus Christ was one of Doug’s most rewarding experiences. He cultivated many relationships that remained strong throughout his life.
Funeral services for Doug will be held Thursday, February 8, 2024, at the Gold Canyon Ward Building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2520 E. Old West Hwy, Apache Junction, AZ). The viewing will be held at 9 am with the funeral service to follow at 10 am. The service will be available to stream online https://zoom.us/j/97101646533?pwd=djdodDl6aFBpaFBXenUwTC93WWZtUT09here
Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.