Douglas William Price, 76, passed away at his residence on Saturday, August 30, 2020 following a long illness. Doug was born December 13, 1943 in Brownfield, Texas, the son of William L. Price, Jr. and Verda B. Turner Price. He is survived by two sisters, Carolyn N. Hostutler of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Melissa M. Woods of Montgomery, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews. Doug will be fondly remembered by all for his Christian faith, love of family, gentle demeanor, sense of humor, words of wisdom, and dedication to friends.
Doug was a graduate of W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, class of 1962, excelling in playing numerous musical instruments in the high school band. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and after basic training, Doug was enrolled into the Navy School of Music, honing his skills playing several instruments. After graduating the Navy School of Music, Doug was assigned to the U.S. Navy Band and to the elite U.S. Navy Jazz Band as a trombone player. During his tenure in the Navy Jazz Band he played numerous engagements in The White House for President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Doug was also assigned to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base for one year during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Doug continued to pursue his musical passion by playing electric bass guitar and upright string bass for several bands in the Corpus Christi, Texas and Dallas, Texas areas, including playing bass for the legendary county singer and songwriter Don Williams during his early years of performing.
Douglas also excelled in carpentry, obtaining a professional license, owning and managing his own company, and supervised the construction of numerous office buildings, custom homes, and schools in Texas. He was well known for his superb craftsmanship and extensive attention to detail in his work.
Through his teenage and adult years, Doug also thoroughly enjoyed playing golf when time permitted. In retirement, he worked part-time at Hartline’s Golf Center in Greenville, Texas to stay connected to the sport and to enjoy being outdoors on a golf course. Doug was also an excellent pool player, and he exercised his passion for the game many evenings with his custom cue, much to the chagrin of other players. In addition, Doug was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4011 in Greenville, Texas, where he regularly attended meetings to fellowship with military comrades.
Doug was a genuine blessing to all that were fortunate enough to get to know him. He will be profoundly missed by all of his family and friends.
Service arrangements are pending.
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