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Doug died May 27, 2022. He was born March 31, 1943, in Missoula where he grew up and graduated from high school. Digger graduated from Montana State, where he was on a wrestling scholarship, with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1967. After graduation he was employed by the Washington Highway Dept. 1967-69. He returned to a job in Montana at Great Falls and Kalispell from 1969 to 1982. Doug jumped at Missoula 1961-63 and at Grangeville 1964. He jumped in Alaska, Montana, Idaho, and down to Cave Junction, Oregon where he said the trees were so tall, they never had enough letdown rope. Doug was an NSA Life Member. Digger has been a part of the NSA Trail Crew for 20 years and done projects in Idaho and Utah. While still in Kalispell, he started a new life partnership with Marlene Phillips. Doug and Marlene also started Montmaps, a landowner reference map and later developed large Montana state maps for classroom use. Doug and Marlene became very close with the Pass Creek Community. Doug helped with the design and engineered whatever was needed with the building of the Pass Creek Community Center.
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National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Daniels, Douglas Ellis “Digger” (Missoula 1961)" (2022). Smokejumper Obituaries. 1599.
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