Doug Bailey


Douglas James Bailey, 57

Douglas James Bailey, known as Doug to everyone but his Grandma, passed away surrounded by family on Monday, December 5, 2016, in Moscow, Idaho after battling ALS.  He was born December 11, 1958, in Pullman, Washington to Ted and Norma Bailey.

Doug graduated from Moscow High School and worked in the family business, B & G Distributors.doug-bailey-senior-piic When the business was sold in 1992, Doug continued his career as a truck driver. He most recently worked for Baker Truck Service in Grangeville.  Doug’s true passion was farming and he spent many years during his youth working at the family farm in Colton side by side with his Grandpa Druffel and cousin, Dale.

Doug’s hobbies included anything with a motor and being outside. From his youth, he always enjoyed being at the family lake cabin, camping, riding snowmobiles in the winter, drag racing jeeps at the Fossil Bowl near Clarkia, and riding motorcycles, which he did until his disease wouldn’t allow it. He loved to frequent the local hangouts in Moscow and later on in Genesee to shoot the breeze with friends. To know Doug was to love him, and to say he was blessed with great friends would be an understatement. He hardly ever met a stranger, and if he did they didn’t stay that way for long.

His son, Cody Bailey and daughter-in-law, Samantha, survive Doug. His son and his dogs were the focus of his life, and he loved spending quality time with them.  Doug tried hard to fight the battle until April when his first grandchild is expected, but it wasn’t meant to be.  His parents and a sister, Chris Lyon and her husband Dan, brother, Greg and his wife Cathryn, along with two nieces and two nephews, also survive Doug.

Doug’s family is so appreciative of all the friends and family who supported him in his battle with this terrible disease.  Visits from friends meant the world to him. And even after it was hard for him to speak his eyebrows could tell you exactly what he was thinking.  The community of Genesee and Moscow were a shining light in Doug’s life this past year.   The staff at Good Samaritan Village was so kind and accommodating of Doug’s needs, and Gritman Medical Center and their staff went above and beyond.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking such good care of our father, son, and brother.

At Doug’s request, there will be a celebration of his life at 11:00 at the Nazarene Church in Moscow (1400 East 7th St.) on Friday, December 9. Refreshments and a time of fellowship and remembering will follow in the church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Doug’s name be made to the Genesee Community Firemen or The ALS Association, Evergreen Chapter, 19226  66th Ave. So., Suite L-105, Kent, WA  98032.

Please visit Doug’s online memorial at to sign his guest book and share any fond memories you may have.

Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, is caring for the family.

16 Responses to Doug Bailey

  1. Jade says:

    I was so blessed to have been able to take care of Doug. He is such a wonderful guy and always knew how to make someone smile. I will always hold dear the times that he would sit there and pick on me. And I will never forget the look on his face was I walked in the room with my son. I’m going to miss you Doug! I will see you again someday!!

  2. James Hamilton says:

    I spent many hours trucking with Doug while we worked for Buell. He taught me many things, that I’ve passed on to others. I’ll always remember his quick smile and unique sense of humor. I’ll miss you bud, keep the greasy side down, and I’ll see you on the other side. Rest in peace my friend.

  3. Brett Hockenberry says:

    Doug was as has been said a True Friend! from High Shcool on. Agree with statement that he never met someone who was not a friend. He is loved and will be dearly missed.

  4. Steve Redinger says:

    It was many years ago since we rode (1976) our motorcycles to Portland and back through Seattle. I will never forget the trip and others we had. Hadn’t seen each other much in recent years but was always a great chat. Wish I could be there for his celebration of life to reminisce about all the great times, but I am out of town work.

  5. Tami Dillon says:

    I knew Doug back in high school days. We had fun at the lake and around town. He was a good guy and my heart goes out to his family.

  6. Jenifer & Larry Bailey says:

    RIP “Mr” Bailey! Our condolences to family & friends. Larry & Jenny (“Mrs”) Bailey

  7. Molly Stowers says:

    Greg, Sorry to read of your brother ‘s passing. Our thoughts and sympathy are with your family. Sincerely, Ray and Molly Stowers

  8. Christy Fleener says:

    So sad to hear about Doug Bailey’s passing. Grew up with so many fond memories with Doug and his son Cody Bailey.

    The one memory that will always stick in my head is when I was getting ready to go into a bareback class at the Genesee Open Horse show. I asked Doug to help me up onto Spree, which turned out to be a very bad idea since we all know that Doug had a bit of an ornery streak! He started to help me up and the next minute I found myself on the ground. I was in total shock and everyone was laughing pretty hard. To this day I’m not sure if he did it on purpose, if it was the show sheen or if I just wasn’t paying attention! All I know is that it was probably a combination of all three, but I still blame Doug for launching me over my horse!

    He always knew the best ways of how to make everyone laugh and have a good time! Lots of thoughts and prayers toward the his family and friends. He was a great guy and was a second father to me while growing up.

  9. Jim Casey says:

    My thoughts are with Norma, Ted, Greg, Chris and your families. I have fond memories of Doug delivering milk for B & G Dairy to Modern Way.
    Jim & Genie Casey

  10. Ralph & Bev Lehman says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bailey family. We are sorry we can’t be there to express our feeling on person.
    Bless you all.
    Ralph & Bev Lehman

  11. Heidi Holman says:

    My heartfelt sympathy to the Bailey family. Doug had a fun spirit and a big heart – that is what I will remember most. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Heidi (Neal) Holman

  12. Donna Cummins says:

    I wanted you to know that we are thinking of you and sorry that we couldn’t come be with you. I know that Mom would have loved to be there to support you as well.
    Donna Cummins (and Jean Aycock) and out families.

  13. Pat Brausen says:

    I have great memories of Doug from our days at St. Mary’s school, Cub Scouts, Swim Team and beyond. My thoughts are with all the Bailey families upon seeing this news of Doug’s passing.

  14. Steve and Leah Mahaffy says:

    We are so sorry that you have lost a friend, son, brother, and father. Doug always brought smiles during high school with his great sense of humor. He had that certain swagger as he walked between the high school and the annex in his cowboy boots – always was so kind to everyone. It’s not a surprise that he continued to brighten the lives of those around him throughout his life, despite his serious illness and his own struggles.

    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    Steve and Leah Mahaffy

    “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief… and unspeakable love.” Washington Irving

  15. Steve Aycock says:

    To Doug’s family. Doug was always a favorite cousin. Ever since he was little he could make me laugh; with his smile, his eyes, his wit, his joy in life. He will be missed. I am so sorry that my family and I could not make his celebration. We were there in spirit.

  16. Mary Kate McGinty Alexander says:

    My sincere condolences to the family. I was unaware Doug had ALS such a devastating disease. I have tons of found memories with Doug at “extra curricular activities” during the many weekends in the ’70’s. Ron welcomes him with open arms! My love and prayers go out to the family and most of all Chris & Dan Lyons and Cody.

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