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Thomas Douglas (Doug) Egan

    Thomas Douglas (Doug) Egan passed away Nov. 6 in Yuma, Ariz.
    Doug was born Oct. 10, 1934 in Kalispell, the oldest of five children born to Tom and Marie (Betts) Egan. He loved telling stories of the family times spent camping in Glacier Park and fishing and hunt­ing in the beautiful Flathead Val­ley.
    During World War II, the family lived in Seattle where his Dad, a sheet metal worker, was employed by Boeing. After the war the Egans returned to Kalispell and opened a sheet metal shop after which time they moved to Conrad.
    Doug graduated from Conrad High School and the University of Montana. After college, he served in the Army and discovered the potential of computers during vari­ous duty assignments. When his service time was complete he re­turned to Montana and taught high school math for two years.
    In 1964, he met and married Penny Estes. They made their home in Helena where Doug was em­ployed as a statistician and re­searcher for the state. His employ­ment with the state gave him an opportunity to become more deeply involved with computers and ex­plore their potential. In 1970, he re­ceived a Master of Social Work Administration from the University of Michigan.
    Doug and Penny took an early retirement and enjoyed many years of traveling and volunteering at State and Federal campgrounds.
In 1992, they came to Yuma and decided they had found a great place for the winter months. In a few years, they decided that Yuma would be their home.
    He is survived by his wife, Penny; son, John (Tawna), and grandchildren, Abby, Alex, Ryan and Gracie of Meridan, Idaho.
    He is also survived by his special aunt, Boots (Betty) Bills of Conrad; brothers, George (Jean) of Conrad; Duane (Janet) of Columbia Falls; sisters, Nancy Floerchinger of Bozeman and Jean Egan. Other survivors include many nieces, nephews and cousins.
    At Doug’s request, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be scat­tered in Montana next summer.
    For many years, Doug was a de­voted volunteer at the Yuma Reading Council. He took great joy in seeing adults improve their reading and writing skills.
    Memorial donations may be made to the Yuma Reading Coun­cil, 825 So. Orange St., Yuma, Ariz. 85364.