Douglas Ray Teichert, 61, of Middleton, Idaho, graduated from this earth-life on Friday, June 25th 2021.
Doug was born on April 18, 1960 in Caldwell, Idaho to Clarence “Ty” and Phyllis Black Teichert. He had an older brother, Greg, who he always referred to as “My Brother” and a younger sister, Tara, of whom he was very protective. He moved several times during his childhood, all within a three-mile radius, and was proud to be a lifetime member of the Middleton community. As a child, family members called him “Dougie Bug” or “Marshmallow” because of his cute, chubby build. During his youth, he enjoyed spending summers in Idaho City where his dad worked as a smoke jumper. Every time a plane siren would sound, Doug and his brother would jump on their bikes and race to watch it take off. It was there that he was fired from his first job as a dishwasher, but more importantly, it was where he learned to love being outdoors, fishing and hunting. Doug would go on vacations with his grandparents to the coast, Yellowstone and other places while his father worked. He spoke fondly of his childhood and enjoyed living close to grandparents and great-grandparents.
He was a member of the original first ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints organized in Middleton and lived to witness the growth of the church into two stakes. He chose to serve a two-year mission for the Church and was called to Birmingham, Alabama. He loved reminiscing about his mission and the people he served. Doug served in various callings, with his favorite calling being the Gospel Doctrine teacher. Doug devoted his life to service, whether it was giving priesthood blessings, mowing a lawn, or just stopping by to visit. He loved attending the temple and had a strong testimony of eternal families.
He met his “ultimate babe woman,” Beverly Ball, in 1981 and they married in 1982 in the Logan Utah Temple. They were married just shy of 39 years. They had six children in eight years and the joy outweighed the chaos. Doug was a proud father and made sure that his children knew that he loved them. His children and 23 grandchildren were his pride and joy. Quite often he would play with the grandkids and say that they got too close to the corral and would grab their leg and say “horse bite!”
He started college to become a schoolteacher like his father but was sought out for his character by the Canyon County Sherriff candidate who told him that he “wanted guys like [him] to work for me.” He joined the Canyon County Sheriff’s Department in 1985 and worked there for thirty years, nineteen of which he served on the SWAT team. Doug was a gifted storyteller and nowhere was that more apparent than when he started telling stories from work. He also enjoyed training cadets as a firearms instructor. Doug was an honest man and when he was a patrol sergeant, many traffic stops were made. His motto was, as long as you were honest with him, he was more likely to just give you a warning, but if he knew a person was lying there was no grace given.
Doug battled Hodgkin’s disease in his early 30s and due to the aggressive treatment his body never recovered full strength. Later in his life, he had open heart surgery and several stents throughout the years. He endured every challenge with faith and a little bit of his characteristic dry humor. In 2015, he had to medically retire and Doug filled his days going shooting with his buddies, performing daily acts of service, spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren and to his surprise, even watching and enjoying a few Hallmark movies.
Doug was preceded in death by his beloved parents, grandparents, several aunts and uncles and his grandson. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Teichert, and his children – Aubrey (Tyler) Mills of Williston, ND, Eric (Michelle) Teichert of Middleton, ID, Jeff (Brandi) Teichert of Oak City, UT, Phil (Kathryn) Teichert of Caldwell, ID, Kregg (Hannah) Teichert of Laie, HI and Hannah (Andrew) Belnap of Austin, TX, his brother, Greg (Cheryl) Teichert of Middleton, ID, his sister, Tara (Ken) Parker of Logan, UT, his uncle Steve (Verta) Black, numerous cousins, 22 grandchildren and many, many friends. We will miss him dearly.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 2nd at 10:30 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – 23644 Old Hwy 30 Caldwell, ID.
Viewing hours will be between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021 at Dakan Funeral Chapel.
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