RAWLINS, Wyo. — Charles “Doug” Douglas Dowlin, 67, passed away suddenly but peacefully in his home on June 24, 2011.
He was born in Helena, on August 21, 1943, to Floyd and Annabelle (MacKerlich) Dowlin.
Doug was a loving son, father, grandfather, brother and caring friend. He was a longtime Rawlins businessman owning and operating Dowlins’ Express and Hyland Enterprises trucking companies for 35 years. These ventures allowed him to positively impact many individuals as well as the community as a whole. He never passed up a mentoring opportunity and was an amazing role model of his theories. He practiced what he preached. His interests included farming, flying, reading, motor sports especially snowmobiling, and seeking adventure in the great Wyoming outdoors with his family and friends. He also enjoyed his memberships in the Rawlins Elks Club and the Rawlins Flying Club.
He spent most of his youth in Butte, until moving with his family to Whitehall, where he graduated from high school in 1961. Upon graduation he attended college at Montana School of Mines for one year. He then set out to seek other opportunities.
He married Darlene Tomchak on April 4, 1964, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and children Dale (Gina) Dowlin of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Denise (Alan) Tripp of Phoenix, Ariz. survive him from that union.
On February 14, 1992, he married Lori Walker in Rawlins, Wyo., and is survived by children Ashley Dowlin of Rawlins and Michael Dowlin of Rawlins from the marriage.
His mother, Annabelle, and grandchildren Alexa, Andrea and Marissa Dowlin and Caitlyn and Jacob Tripp also survive him. In addition, siblings Sandy Dowlin, Kerry Downing (Bob), Wanda Dowlin, Buck Dowlin and Robin Dowlin as well as numerous nieces and nephews survive Doug.
His father, Floyd Dowlin and infant brother Dale preceded him in death.
Memorial services to celebrate his life will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church in Rawlins with a luncheon reception immediately following. Cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his name to Carbon County Search and Rescue or The Salvation Army.