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 (local council zip code is 90274) in memory of Doug.

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  1. Doug was a generous, warm and funny person. He and Cyndi were raising two wonderful sons. We have lost a wonderful neighbor, friend and fellow scout leader. Heaven has gained a true Angel.

  2. Doug was one of the good guys. Positive attitude with a zest for life. Had great time with him in scouts and will cherish those memories. All my prayers to his family. Wish I had stayed in touch throughout the years, but I will miss him just the same.

  3. My son is a member of Troop 762 in El Segundo, and while he was not on the trip with your troop that weekend, we heard about your dad/husband through our Troop email. We send our smyphathy and prayers to you during this difficult time, knowing that God had greater plans for him that none of us can understand. We hope your memories of all that he was while here with you help comfort you. Yours in Scouting Mike Rotolo

  4. Dear Cindy….So shocked by your loss of Doug. We are so fortunate, tho, to know you will see him again. The service was so touching and I know someone for sure will come to know the Lord. I know Doug and Jesus are rejoicing after a service like that. Kim and I missed seeing you today, but want you to know that you and the boys will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love and God Bless You Marlene Zieg

  5. hey cindy,i am so very sorry to have learned of doug’s passing.please accepy my deepest simpathy and most sincere condolences to you,nicholas and nathan.i wish there were something i could say to help you cope.only time can do that.i wish you all the best in the future. joe (western plaza)

  6. I grew up with Karen and Doug and am terribly sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you all – God Bless

  7. Doug was my very first friend in 6th grade when I came to Dapple Gray Middle School in the middle of the year after moving. He was very special to me because of the obvious insecurities of being in a new school around a bunch of new kids, some not too friendly, in 6th grade. Doug was so friendly and made me feel so comfortable. We became good friends and remained good friends through Middle School. After graduation he went to Miraleste and I went to Rolling Hills High, so we lost touch after while. One time I saw him down at Torrance Beach I think after we had both graduated high school and Doug was HUGE! He was just as gentle and warm as always. Now as 30 years have passed I kept meaning to look him up on facebook. This morning, March 12, 2012, I finally remembered to look him up and was deeply saddened to find this memorial of his passing. I offer my sincere condolences at your loss and trust that his loss is ultimately a celebration as he is in eternal ecstasy with the Lord Jesus Christ knowing Him face to face.

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