Posted by : August 24, 2014| On :
A Celebration of Life and balloon release followed.
Douglas was born Nov. 19, 1956, in Glasgow, Mont., to Wilma and Victor Garsjo, and died Aug. 11, 2014, in Tyler, after complications arising from a stroke.
His family lived in Glasgow located in northeastern Montana, and his parents owned and operated the Fort Peck Bar in Nashua.
He attended Nashua High School, graduating in 1975.
He spent summers at his aunt and uncle’s house with their eight children and learned to ride horses, brand cattle, pick rocks out of the fields and drive tractors.
He was introduced Norwegian delicacies such as lutefisk and lefse.
He joined the U.S. Army after high school and was stationed in Germany, working as a helicopter mechanic.
When he returned to northern Montana, he moved to Malta, and met and married JoAnne Jones from Wagner.
He got a job on a seismic crew, and left Montana for Louisiana.
He moved to Grand Prairie, in the early 1980s, and got a job as an equipment operator with the city.
He later married Darla Vaughn and became the stepfather to Christy, David and Sonya.
The children would help him work on cars and the family enjoyed many Saturday afternoon picnics in the park.
He also took them shooting with bb and pellet guns. He taught the children how to drive a car, fish, and bait their own hook.
He was shy, funny, a hard worker and mechanic.
He was good with his hands and he loved animals.
He was a good father, grandfather and a great guy who cared about the people around him. He would help anyone in need.
He most recently worked for Larry Partridge Construction.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Darla Vaughn; daughters Christie, Sonya Lightfoot and husband John; son David and wife Porscha; grandchildren Sarah, Summer, and David Jr., Nevaeh, and Dakota; brother Mike and wife Marie of Fort Worth; neice Landon of Belgrade, Mont.; many other Garsjo family members. We will all miss him terribly.