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William Douglas Gardiner

July 12, 1916 January 3, 2018
William Douglas Gardiner
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Colonel Doug Gardiner was born July 12, 1916 to Murray Starr and Belle Marsh Gardiner in Idaville, Indiana. His long and productive life ended January 3, 2018.
He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1939 and was a member of the Chi Phi fraternity. After graduation, his first job was working for a small utility company in Susanville, California. He transferred to help with rural electrification from Bend, Oregon to Baker City. He later worked for the same utility in Medford.
One of his passions was golfing. He joined the Rogue Valley Country Club in 1940. He played until he was 95 years old. He took great pride in a lifetime record of five hole in ones. He served as President of RVCC and supported it for 78 years.
Doug enlisted in the U.S. Army after Pearl Harbor. His brother Murray Gardiner, also from Medford, joined the U.S. Marines. Doug married Christie Johnson of Klamath Falls July 3, 1941. He graduated from Officer Candidate School and served in the U.S. Army for another 31 years, and obtained a Masters Degree in business from Columbia University during that time. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, including 13 years of overseas duty. In 1973, he retired as Inspector General at the Army Supply Depot, Oakland, California.
After retirement, he and Christie moved back to Medford, where he was active in community endeavors, which included mentoring to students at the local high school. He also authored his book, Three Wars and Rusty Muskets, about his reflections on his career.
He is survived by his son, James Gardiner of Laguna Nigel, Calif.; daughter, Danielle Geoffrion of Medford; grandchildren, Sara Kelly (Paul) and Kevin Gardiner (Carrie); and five great-grandchildren, all of Los Angeles, Calif.
Shortly before his death, he wrote of his love for his family and friends, his church, and his love for the Lord Jesus Christ. He wrote that he was forever grateful for the opportunity to live in God’s wonderful world.
A private service will be held at Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, Ore.

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