R. Douglas "Doug" Deaton

  • Born: September 27, 1947
  • Died: December 23, 2019
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

R. Douglas "Doug" Deaton, 72, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Monday, December 23, 2019. He was born on September 27, 1947 in Battle Creek, the son of James R. "Bob" Deaton and Maxine M. Deaton (Haver). Doug graduated from Battle Creek Public Schools and Western Michigan University. He received a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Western Michigan University in 1970 and was a member of Phi Mu Alpha fraternity.

Doug was then employed by Portage Northern Schools as a Music Teacher for 3 years after graduating, but moved on to follow his passion in railroads, managing the Amtrak station in Battle Creek for many years. He also worked at the Battle Creek area Chamber of Commerce and organized one of the very first "Hot Air Balloon Championships". In 1991, Doug moved to Seattle to pursue acting and writing screenplays, landing roles in numerous movies and commercials.

Doug's faith was very important to him and he was a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. Being given "the gift of gab", everyone that knew Doug would agree that he always had something positive to say and was always smiling. Doug had many other hobbies he enjoyed such as model railroading, cooking, reading, collecting watches, and building models. His favorite time of the year was just before the holidays, making his Christmas Stollen for everyone he knew. Doug was a great Father, Brother, Grandfather and Uncle and truly enjoyed spending time with his family more than anything.

Doug is survived by a son, Robert "Bob" Deaton Jr.; a sister, Diane M. (David) Middleton; two grandchildren, Daphne and Blaine; a niece, Debbie; and a nephew, Jim.

A memorial service to celebrate Doug's life will be held 3:00 p.m., Friday, January 10, 2020 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek where the family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the family c/o his son, Robert Douglas "Bob" Deaton, Jr. or by visiting a GoFundMe page that has been setup to help the family. https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-expenses-for-doug-deaton. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Doug may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My sincerest sympathy to Doug's family. I called Doug on a regular basis through
the Telephone Reassurance Committee at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. He was always so pleasant to visit with and very interesting. I will miss our conversations.v

Posted by Clara "Didge" Scherer - Friend   January 08, 2020

I met Doug years ago on Ebay because I was selling railroad memorabilia. We have kept in touch by email and Christmas cards. He was a lovely, interesting man and I am sorry I never got to meet him in person.
I was worried when he did not answer my last emails and I knew he had experienced problems.
I am so sad for your loss and I will miss him even though we did not meet.
Sandy Burditt

Posted by Sandra Burditt - SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH - Friend   January 06, 2020

I came to know Dan through Telephone Reassurance, when on my designated day I would call him. He was always delightful to talk with and often full of all kinds of information. He was a very learned man which made the conversations very interesting. I will miss our weekly chats.

Posted by Pat Fosdick - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   January 02, 2020

I was saddened to learn about the passing of a dear friend I've known for many years' since we went to Battle Creek Central High School. Doug was in the band and I was in the chorus line. We kept in touch through the years' up until I was remarried a few years' ago. Have fond memories when a few of us gals used to get together, and Doug would come over on the 4th of July and he always loved to grill for us. He loved his sister, son, and was very fond of his beautiful grandchildren and of course his cat Phoebe, and his grand dog - Stella. At Christmas time Doug would always make something to give to many of his friends and we especially loved his Stollen loaves and homemade jams. I still have a few of his recipes he agreed to pass along; even have a picture of two huge pans he grilled turkey legs for his church one time, and his jams. He was a caring person and will be sadly missed. I know one day we will meet up again in a better place. Prayers and blessings to the family.

Posted by Marianne Wells - Springfield, MI - Friend   January 01, 2020

Shari and I extend our deepest sympathy to Doug's family at this difficult time. Doug was a good friend from our early years at Battle Creek Central High School and as we re-connected and shared in ministry and study together at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. I loved Doug's enthusiasm as we studied Disciple Bible Study and as he served with the first praise band and as a worship leader at the Church. I will dearly miss this faithful friend, but look forward to being with him in heaven someday.

Posted by James Gysel - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   December 30, 2019

Doug and I had so many conversations over the years as part of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church congregation. For many years he and his mother attended worship services together and he cared for her well in her last years. Doug's interest and knowledge on so many subjects made it a delight to spend time with him. He lent his commanding voice to the church as a liturgist and a narrator for special services. As his mobility and health became challenging, our Telephone Reassurance Team at Chapel Hill enjoyed daily conversations as they checked on his well-being. My husband, Pastor Dave Morton, and I extend our sincere condolences to Doug's family. He will be missed.

Posted by Carrie Morton - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   December 29, 2019

DIane & Dave & Family:
I was so sorry to hear of Doug's Passing. Many hugs and prayers for him and you all. Julie Smith

Posted by julie smith - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   December 29, 2019