Douglas Warren Daman, 76, of Petoskey, died Feb. 2, 2013, at his home in Petoskey, surrounded by his family.
Doug was born on Jan. 25, 1937, in Monroe, Mich., the son of Edward and Beatrice Daman. Doug grew up in Monroe and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1954. He proudly served his country and received the National Defense Service Medal, before receiving his honorable discharge in 1957.
After receiving his GED, he continued his education by receiving his associate degree from Washtenaw Community College, bachelor's degree from Wayne State University, master's degree in engineering technology from Eastern Michigan University and his MBA degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, all while having full-time employment at Ford Motor Company in research and development, Allison Gas Turbine, from where he retired in 1992 as a senior manufacturing engineer. He then built their retirement home in Petoskey and continued to work as an electrician.
Hunting and trapping were always a big part of Doug's entire life. He encouraged and taught the hunter safety program and promoted the Jr. ROTC program at the Hall of the Divine Child Military Academy in Monroe, while his sons were students there.
He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and served as a scoutmaster from 1961-62; the Charlevoix Rod and Gun Club; the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus.
Doug is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Daman; three sons, Kirk (Vickie) Daman of Alaska, Kris (Kate) Daman of Charlevoix and Eric Daman (Brian Boyce) of New York; three grandsons, Jed (Tamara) Daman, Zeke Daman and Eli Daman; and by a great-granddaughter, Mackenzie.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents and by two sons, Keith and Douglas Jr.
A funeral service will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the family home at 04166 Stolt Road in Bay Township, Charlevoix County. The family will receive friends at their home from 2 p.m. until the time of service on Tuesday.
The family wishes to express a special thanks to the caring staff of Hospice of Northwest Michigan, especially Melanie and Tammy, and to all the wonderful helpers at the VitalCare Day Center.
Arrangements are in the care of the Stone Funeral Home of Petoskey.