Douglas Thorn Dethlefsen was born to Douglas G. Dethlefsen and Mildred Dethlefsen. He was entered into eternal life suddenly on Saturday, November 21, 2009, while on a campout on Santa Catalina Island. He was 47 years old.
Douglas was graduated in 1980 from Miraleste High School in Rancho Palos Verdes. He entered California State University, Long Beach and graduated in 1984 with a B.S. Degree in Business and a double major in Marketing and Human Resources. He married Cynthia Boettcher in 1990.
Following college, Doug earned salesmanship awards selling postage meters for Pitney Bowes. He and his sister had summer jobs at Marineland in the 1980s. Doug later entered the field of custom packaging and established his own company, Apex Packaging and Labels in Harbor City.
Doug was a talented snow skier and it was a beautiful sight to watch him descending a steep hill. He also was a very good water skier, a strong swimmer, and a water polo player. He earned trophies in the field of body building. He and his Dad enjoyed many hikes and backpacking trips together. They climbed Mt. Whitney and Mt. San Gorgonio, and enjoyed cross-country skiing in Rock Creek. They also hiked in the Sangre de Cristo range in Colorado and up to the Palisade Glacier in the Southern Sierra.
Doug was a loving husband and father, devoted to his family and to his Lord, Jesus Christ. He and his family were active members of King's Harbor Church in Torrance. Doug was an Eagle Scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster of his sons' scout troop. He helped coach his sons' soccer and baseball teams throughout the years and was very active in their lives. He was a serious student of diet and nutrition.
Doug is survived by his wife, Cynthia, sons Nathan and Nicholas, his sister, Karen Douglas (Bill Douglas), nieces Christy and Kelly, nephews Scott and Stephen, and his father, Douglas G. Dethlefsen.
A viewing will be held from 5:30-8:00pm on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., across from the former Daily Breeze building. A memorial service will be held Thursday, December 3rd at 2pm in the main sanctuary of Rolling Hills Covenant Church, 2222 Palos Verdes Drive North, Rolling Hills Estates (310) 519-9406. A reception will follow the service in Carlson Hall downstairs.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to King's Harbor Church, Attention Youth Ministries or to the Boy Scouts of America at scouting.org
(local council zip code is 90274) in memory of Doug.