With great sadness we announce the passing of Doug Emerson, beloved father, son, brother and friend. Spirited, strong and eternally young at heart, Doug was a Manhattan Beach native for the past 46 years. We will all miss your smile, your laugh, your helping hand. Doug is survived by his daughter Karly, mother Jo, brother Barry, sister Kimberly and long-time girlfriend Linda Bannick. Services will be held on Saturday March 7th at 1pm on the beach at 4th Street in Manhattan Beach. We will be shuttling guests from the church to the Memorial Service. Please consider unloading passengers at the beach and then driver continue on to the church to be shuttled back to the beach; Space is limited on the Shuttle Bus. Life celebration following at North End Bar and Grill (Critters). In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Surfrider Foundation.

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  1. Doug will always be in my memory as one of my best and oldest friends. We did so much together and I have many stories to remember him by. I am so sad to see him go.

  2. To the Emerson family and friends. My thoughts,heart and wishes with those who loved Doug. I grew up surfing daily with him from 3rd to 9th grade. We have lost a person that touched Us at some point in our lives. His one of a kind smile,friendship and Love that we all felt and experienced. My prayers go out to all the family members and friends

  3. It has been awhile since I’d seen Doug but I will never forget his smile and laugh. I am so sorry I can not be at the service to celebrate his life. Sending my deepest sympathy to his family and dear friends. Love, Colleen

  4. Dear Jo, Barry & Family we were so sad to hear of Doug’s passing.Sorry we won’t be there to Celebrate his life!!!! We will always remember his big smile & big heart.Tell we meet again

  5. Jo and family- We will miss Dougie, his smile, his laugh, he was always there to help out. He was such a part of our Manhattan Beach history. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Much love, Patti and Megan

  6. Jo Barry Kim I will miss Dougie so much. He will always be in my heart as being a best friend to me. When I met Doug in Center School, we became great friends immediately, and we had so many great times together. He always had a positive and mellow attitude towards life and I loved him for that. Going through High School together I have numerous memories of those days, from having the same classes together, especially woodshop, to going to Salsipuedes, Mexico and the Sequoias. So many friends from Center, Mira Costa, and even (Aviation), loved him and still do. I loved Doug also for keeping in such good contact with me from Hawaii, Australia, or even deep Mexico where he had sent me a letter. I still have it with a couple great photos of perfect surf and friends. I will never, ever forget him or the whole Emerson family, and especially his parents for putting up with us. So many stories to tell about our life together. Losing Doug is hard, but remembering him along his path with all the memories will help me in life and he will always be there with me. My thoughts and prayers will be with him, and also his dad. God Bless them both. Good bye Dougie, but always here! Love Always to the Emerson€™s Alan King

  7. Dear Emerson Family €. just a few words to tell you how terribly Dougie will be missed. He touched so many of our lives in so many good ways, and although the passage of time and the business of everyday living may have kept us separated from time to time, I, personally, will never forget the great childhood he helped make possible. One of my happiest memories will always be the trip we took to the Sequoias € plus all those crazy-wonderful days spent together growing up on 4th Street. I know his spirit is up there flying fearless and free, sporting the most amazing smile Heaven has seen in years. May your hearts mend with the blessing of knowing he was well loved by all who knew him

  8. If you knew Doug – then you knew kindness If you knew Doug – then you knew laughter If you knew Doug – then you knew surfing If you knew Doug – then you were a bro If you knew Doug – then you were accepted If Doug knew you – then you were blessed!!! Much local love from the Nieto’s to the Emerson family…

  9. Hey Dougie €. sitting here sadly, but gratefully, thinking about all the good times we had in MB, and the years spent searching out Maui€™s nook and crannies for new places to surf. All of us had to have a nickname, so we named you €œPaia€, after the happiest, most laid-back town on the island € when it was time to head out for a surf everyone would say €œwho€™s pickin€™ up Paia!€ Then I€™m remembering too, the time a friend and I were down in Puerto Escondido, wandering around looking for a secret spot we thought no one in their right mind would ever be able to find, when we spotted two other guys already far down the beach. The closer we got we could see it was a guy and a girl, and the closer still, we saw what was to become the weirdest, funniest coincidence of my life € Dougie and Nidia just walking along, hand in hand, right out there in the middle of nowhere. Couldn€™t believe my eyes! So, here€™s to you my friend € one of the best ever. I€™m really going to miss your big heart and ever smiling face.

  10. I am so sad to hear about Doug’s death, although I hadn’t seen him in so many years I will always remember him for how generous and kind he was. Doug was also the kind of person that I couldn’t stay in a bad mood around…he could always crack me up! Sending much love to Doug’s family and friends, Tracie Hand/Jones

  11. Dearest Kimberly and Family, We are so very sorry to hear about your brother Doug. During this difficult time, please remember that your Phoenix friends are sending their love and blessings. You & your family are in our thoughts! Lots of love, The Bishovs

  12. Dearest Kimberly and Family, We are so very sorry to hear about your brother Doug. During this difficult time, please remember that your Phoenix friends are sending their love and blessings. You & your family are in our thoughts! Lots of love, The Bishovs

  13. Kimberly, Jo and Barry, I am very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express the sadness that I feel. May God Bless you and watch over you in this difficult time. Namaste

  14. You will be missed greatly, but not to worry Karly is your little alter-ego, so you will still be among us through your precious little daughter, who looks, walks , talks and thinks like you. Thanks for being in our lives…love and miss you forever!

  15. Doug always lightened up the room when he would walk in. He had such a calming and feel good affect on people. Enjoy your next adventure my friend. Until we see each other again, God speed and salud. Be at peace, Bob

  16. Dear Jo and family, So very sorry for the loss of Doug. He was such a good looking young man with a twinkle in his eye. We send you our best wishes for getting through this difficult time. Love from Stan and Carol Sutor

  17. I got to know Doug over the years growing up in Manhattan Beach. He had a loving heart and would always extend a hand. I’m sure he’s riding a big wave somehwhere in paradise right now. He will always be rembered as a special man with many talents. God bless Doug and his family.

  18. I will always remember the fun and laughter we shared from Pennycamp to Mira Costa and all the trips to the slide and surfing in Mexico. I will never forget you my friend.I know we will meet again and share more laughter! Mike Quinn

  19. To the Emerson Family- I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Doug as the cheerful and happy little brother to Barry during the 4th Street volleyball and bodysurfing days. After moving back to Manhattan Beach in the late 80’s, I started seeing Doug around town, he would always go out of his way to say hello and spend a few moments chatting or wave as he drove by…he did this throughout the years. He was cheerful and upbeat for sure! Again, I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with your family and Doug. Ann Barber

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