Douglas Edward Wieland
Douglas Edward Wieland
  • January 7, 1957 - October 2, 2017
  • California

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Douglas Edward Wieland, to everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Douglas, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Douglas really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

Douglas was born on January 7, 1957 at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. His parents were Edward C. and Nora I. Wieland. Douglas was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, and Merced, California. Even as a child, Douglas had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly.

Always a good playmate, Douglas was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Douglas managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Douglas was raised with three siblings. He had one older brother, Gregg, and two younger brothers, Randy and Brad.

All of Douglas's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Douglas experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part in band, playing trumpet in the Merced High School Marching 100 and Merced College Marching and Jazz Band. He achieved Eagle Scout, was selected Vigil Honor-Order of the Arrow. In his spare time he liked fishing, camping and plastic model building. Douglas' memorable achievements included an Award of Merit for All City Band.

Ask anyone who knew him from school and they would tell you that Douglas was an excellent student who worked hard at keeping his grades up and genuinely loved learning. Douglas graduated from Merced High School in 1975. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was English. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Sharon Grey. In addition he was selected as Who's Who in High School 1975.

Douglas reveled in his college years, where his imagination could run free. He was viewed by many of his classmates as being a creative, artistic person. Douglas was usually found at the center of things, whether it was during class or in extracurricular activities. He was a jovial person who loved to share his passion for fun with others. But for Douglas, life was not a case of all play and no work. Douglas relished the task of putting his imagination to work in class. He was able to discover new and different ways of answering problems and creating unusual and different solutions. He earned his Associate of Arts at Fresno City College. His favorite courses were 3-D Design. His favorite professor was Laura West. Douglas was chosen for the Annual Student Art Exhibit Competition two years in a row.

Douglas never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Douglas to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Douglas utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. Later in life, he became friends with Brooke & Deb Antrim. Douglas loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.

The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Douglas very easy to approach. On July 5, 1997 Douglas exchanged wedding vows with Esther Yvonne Fox Dennison at Fresno Flats Park in Oakhurst, California. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people's feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

Perhaps the reason Douglas related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a "kid at heart" helped him in raising his own children. Douglas was blessed with four children, one daughter, Krista, son, Kyle and two step-sons, Christopher and Andrew. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Emily Ann, Arthur John (AJ), Edward Allen, Natalie and Bruce Wayne. Douglas had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that's where all of his attention was directed. Douglas's compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Douglas had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

At work, as in life, Douglas was a real "people person." He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. When dealing with various projects and problems, Douglas was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Douglas's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Douglas as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was Retail Sales Management and an avid woodworker for 30 plus years.

Douglas enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An "arts and crafts" type, Douglas liked creating and making things. His favorite pursuits were woodworking, and fishing. Douglas was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Because of his personality, his humor, and his ability to get along with everyone, Douglas's service was greatly valued by the organizations