James Edward Douglas Jr.

Posted: Sunday, December 20, 2009

Juneau resident James E. Douglas died suddenly on Dec. 14, 2009, at home. He was 66.

Born June 18, 1943, in Klamath Falls, Ore., to James E. Douglas Sr. and Waunita Venturoni, he was a Juneau resident for more than 30 years.

He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Oregon in 1965 and served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1967 to 1969. He received his juris doctorate from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco in 1973. He worked for the Alaska Department of Law from 1973 to 1976, including two years as a prosecutor in the Fairbanks District Attorney's Office, then entered private practice.

In 1984, he left Alaska to start a law office in Santa Rosa, Calif. After practicing for 10 years in California, he returned to private practice in Juneau in 1995. He joined the city of Juneau Law Department as a prosecutor in January 2001. He planned to retire in January 2010.

During his years in both California and Juneau, he coached little league baseball and served a number of years as head baseball umpire for the Gastineau Channel Little League. He also was an active Rotary member for a number of years.

He will be remembered for his many incomprehensible puns, his family said.

He is survived by his wife, Dixie Alms; son, Jeffrey Douglas, currently serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Riley, Kan.; step-daughter, Lesley Pearsall and husband, Steve; and grandchildren, Paige, Zachary, Anna and Garrett, of Port Orchard, Wash.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. today, Dec. 20, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 740 W. 10th St.

Memorials can be made to the Glory Hole or to the Resurrection Lutheran Church Food Bank.

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