GRUNERT, Douglas Lorne
December 5, 1952 — August 4, 2022
Doug Grunert, our dearly loved husband, dad, and papa, was called home to be with his Lord and Saviour. He passed away peacefully at the Central Okanagan Hospice House after a brief illness, at the age of 69.
Doug was born in Vancouver, BC, but within weeks the family relocated to California where he grew up with his two older brothers, and his younger sister. School, sports, music and church kept the family busy. He loved it all, while excelling in academics and piano. After attending Los Angeles Bible College, Doug moved to Vancouver to continue his studies at UBC.
While in Vancouver, Doug and Bev met at a local church and two years later, they were married. He completed his education in science, biochemistry and teaching, and the couple moved to Creston, BC for Doug’s first high school teaching position. Their two children, Brian and Jennifer, were born here before the family relocated to Kelowna, BC, where he taught Chemistry and Environmental Science at Rutland Senior Secondary. Doug’s passion for teaching extended beyond the classroom. This led to many years of involving students in local community environmental projects, and to international student trips to learn about ecosystems in other parts of the world.
Throughout his life, Doug enthusiastically engaged in new hobbies and activities. He loved travelling, scuba diving, swimming, snowboarding, hiking and camping, and most recently pickleball. He was happiest when he could share these interests with family and make new friends.
Doug also loved sharing his gift of music as a pianist. He was dedicated to playing piano at church, for choirs and small vocal groups, school functions, weddings, for friends, and for his family. He shared this gift with such joy.
Family life was cherished by Doug. He often expressed what a blessing it was to have his children and grandchildren all in Kelowna. Whether it was helping with a project, organizing a party or celebration, or camping together, he loved spending time with his close and extended family.
Doug is lovingly remembered by his wife of 48 years, Bev; his son Brian (Julia) and grandchildren Alyssa and James; his daughter Jennifer and grandchildren Haley and Ryder; his brother David (Cindy); sister-in-law Doris; brother-in-law Ed (Trish); and sister-in-law Donna (Bob). He is also remembered by nieces and nephews, with whom he loved to spend time and visit. He was predeceased by his parents Wilfred and Phyllis, his brother Robert, and his sister Patricia.
A Memorial Service will be held on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2022, at 11:00 AM (PDT), at WILLOW PARK CHURCH, 439 Highway 33, Kelowna, BC. The service will be livestreamed by Willow Park Church (see below), for those who are unable to attend in person.