Douglas White Trowbridge

Douglas White Trowbridge, of Pagosa Springs, Colo., passed away Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, in Pagosa Springs.

Doug was born June 25, 1960, in Natick, Mass., to Robert and Betty Trowbridge.

He attended Conestoga Valley High School, in Lancaster, Pa., and Harlingen High School in Harlingen, Texas, graduating in 1978. Doug attended Texas A&M College, College Station, Texas, majoring in pre-vet studies, and the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, studying business marketing.

Doug and Morna Joy Mahannah were married Aug. 2. 1986, in the Rose Gardens in Houston, Texas. They had one son, Nathan Stone Trowbridge.

Doug worked at the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as humane educator, newsletter editor and lead investigator; as the animal disaster relief coordinator for the American Humane Association in Aurora, Colo.; as animal shelter director for the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs; as crew chief for Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures, Pagosa Springs; as administrative assistant at the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce; and as office manager and vet tech at AspenTree Veterinary Clinic, Pagosa Springs.

Doug gave liberally of his time and energy to numerous organizations and memberships, including Boy Scouts of America, Lancaster, Pa.; Delta Upsilon Fraternity, Houston Chapter, Houston, Texas; Houston Cat Club, Houston, Texas; and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Pagosa Springs, Colo.

Among Doug’s passions and hobbies were reading, writing, crossword puzzles, animals, riding his old bicycle, photography, soccer, recreation-league coaching in soccer and baseball, pretzel making, sailing, hockey, hiking, taking walks, bowling, avid Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and New England Patriots fan, crewing on hot air balloons, semi-tech savvy, playing electronic strategy games, ice skating and sledding with his son and the dogs, camping, watching the tide from the front porch of the cottage, and life in general.

He was preceded in death by his beloved yellow Labrador retriever, Winston.

Doug is survived by his wife, Morna J. Trowbridge, and his son, Nathan Stone Trowbridge, both of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; his parents, Robert and Betty Trowbridge, of Agawam, Mass.; his brother, Jeffrey S. Trowbridge, of West Milford, N.J.; in-laws Wesley and Ida Bonita Mahannah of Denton, Texas; sister-in-law Jana Mahannah of Manvel, Texas; brother-in-law, and his wife, Kevin and Kelly Mahannah of Denton, Texas, and their children, Jack and Kacey Mahannah; pets Jewel, Josie and Charm of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; and other numerous family members, fraternity brothers and friends in the New England area and in Colorado, Kansas and Texas.

Everyone is invited to join family and friends for a memorial service on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at 3:30 p.m., at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis St., Pagosa Springs, Colo. There will be a visitation in the Fellowship Hall immediately following. A private service will be held at the family’s cottage in Harpswell, Maine, this summer.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Doug’s family at Citizens Bank of Pagosa Springs, P.O. Drawer 1508, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, (970-731-7235), Attn: Tiffany Martin. On check, note: Doug Trowbridge account.