Douglas Merrill Vorhies

Douglas Merrill Vorhies, Miles Douglass, Sluggo, born and raised in Spokane, passed in early summer. He was 64. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1973, graduated Machinist Mate “A” school and served abroad the USS Robert E. Peary in the Engineering Department as a propulsion engineer. His duty was the steam and desalinization system. After being honorably discharged in 1977, Douglas returned to the Spokane area. While using the G.I. Bill, he worked several different jobs while earning an associate’s degree in general business from Spokane Falls Community College in 1980. At a friend’s potluck in between studies, Douglas met Gloria Osumi. He was smitten and pursued Gloria with romance and humor. Gloria graduated and took a position in Tacoma. So, after graduating Douglas started with Sears in Tacoma. Douglas started wooing Gloria in earnest and by 1982, they married. In December 1984 Douglas and Gloria moved to Moses Lake. Douglas started working as a freelance videographer. Including stringing for Spokane TV stations. His work included industrial production, sports coverage, editing and directing. While working he started commuting to Spokane Falls CC to earn a second degree in radio and television production. Several of Douglas’ projects helped him graduate with honors, highlighted by producing the “Our Grand Old Lady, the Davenport Hotel” documentary for KREM-TV. In 1987 Douglas moved to Los Angeles. He joined the No. 1 radio show at KLOS, “The Mark and Brian Show,” as “Sluggo” on-air and being a producer and remote coordinator. Sluggo even made an appearance in the Rose Parade. This created opportunities to work on projects for famous folks, including video with Bob Newhart and Don Rickles for the Tonight Show. He also was a field producer for “Totally Hidden Video,” while editing video messages for retired President Reagan. Douglas and Gloria moved back to Moses Lake after the death of Gloria’s father, Fred Osumi, in 1998 to assist Gloria’s mother, Midori. Douglas took a job as news director for KULE AM/FM in Ephrata, then operations director for KZLN Othello. He was track announcer and did media relations for Ephrata Raceway. He worked for the Columbia Basin Herald as a sportswriter and photographer. Douglas worked to foster the creation of the Highway 17 Safety Corridor Project. He was recognized by the state Department of Transportation and the State Patrol with several awards. Douglas had a great love for cars and motorcycles. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, announcing the Othello Classic Car Spud Run and moderating a Suzuki owners forum. He built a bobber motorcycle featured in American Motorcyclist magazine. He worked on computers and enjoyed great music, humor, tinkering and animals. He was always there to help anyone. He liked to share what he knew and enjoyed teaching others who were interested. In an article, he was quoted as saying, “I believe that life is way too fun and we should learn one thing new everyday. So, personally, I plan to work and learn until I die.” He was a loving husband, brother, son and uncle and a great friend. Douglas is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Gloria; his siblings Ric, Tim, Wiley and Dennis; an aunt and many cousins, nephews and nieces. He is preceded in passing by his parents Merrill and Dorothy Vorhies, sister Kelli, and nephew Geoffrey Vorhies. Douglas loved their many pets and all animals. The family encourages memorial contributions of time or funds to be made to your local animal rescue shelter or adopt a rescue pet. Unconditional love is forever! A link for a memorial video including graveside military service will be posted on Gloria Vorhies’ Facebook page in early October.

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