Douglas Loomis Waterman – Davis Company


D. July 14, 2021

Douglas “Dug” Waterman passed away on July 14, 2021, at the age of 82, with his wife of 54 years and two children by his side. Dug was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after his parents, Lawrence and Jessie Waterman, rushed overnight to the rural reservation hospital. NM Dug grew up in Santa Fe and attended Colorado State University, Fort Collins. He found his vocation as an educator during his service in the United States Army and obtained a master’s degree in special education from Arizona State University.

Dug met the love of her life, Donna Waterman (née Rummens) at ASU, and followed her to Davis, where she enrolled in graduate school. Dug and Donna lived together in Davis, and Dug taught special education high school students work experience in the Sacramento City School District for 36 years.

A man opposed to change, Dug was famous for driving a 1962 Ford Falcon, wearing a watch he won as a child, and never owning a cell phone. He gained international fame for solo biking on historic Route 66 – without a cell phone – on his 66th birthday while raising funds for Habitat for Humanity, a feat commemorated in his book “It Hurts only when I sit down “. As a long-distance runner, Dug survived much of his competition, winning prizes by age group until he was 70. He deeply embraced his role as the purveyor of “daddy” jokes and bad puns, which he passed on to his children and grandchildren.

Dug’s compassion for others and his caring kindness was expressed through his philanthropy and commitment to service. With Donna, he founded Work Week, a summer mission trip for high school students, which he led for over 20 years. He was always ready to reach out, preferably if it was lifting, painting, or hammering.

Dug was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his sister Lynn Miller; brothers Kim and Chris Waterman; wife Donna; children Ryan Waterman (Julia Roller) and Darlene Oertle (Dean Oertle); and grandchildren Ben, Luke and Kate. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dug’s memory can be made to Self-Help Enterprises ( or Yolo County Crisis Nursery (

A service in memory of Dug will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 21 at Davis Community Church, 412 C St., Davis. Due to the pandemic, places are limited and must be reserved before the service. To register, go to the church’s website at For those unable to attend in person, the service will be streamed live at

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