Douglas Edwards Childers
Douglas Edwards Childers, born April 1st, 1966, passed away last weekend by his home in Tahoma, California on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. A long-time local chef, he was known by his numerous nicknames; Doug E Fresh, NCDC, NC Doug, Shaggy, Shaggy Fresco, or simply Dougie. A friend to so many, a pillar of enthusiasm and passion, a lover of music, skiing, cooking, and fishing, he knew how to bring people together through what brought him joy. A true Deadhead who wasn’t afraid to admit how much he loved the band, especially Jerry. He was a nature lover and environmentalist who did not hesitate to stand up for Mother Earth and all her glory. Doug recognized the presence of injustice wherever he found it and gave voice to the underdogs. He really had a way of making you feel important, like whatever you were talking about demanded attention and that you really mattered. He seldom missed a chance to tell you that he loved you. What a life force Doug was, touching so many and generously sharing himself with those who surrounded him. Doug Childers is survived by his mother Beverly Hensley, her husband Tony Hensley, his father Gary Childers and wife Jane Childers, his sister Amie Childers, and his life partner & soul mate Tracy Brostek who he fondly called, Miss T. Like the rivers he made his home, Doug’s spirit ran deep and wide. From Kentucky and North Carolina to Sitka and Crested Butte, his love and influence constantly flowed outward. As Doug liked to say; Fish On!