An amazing father, husband, brother and friend, Douglas Ralph Kanis passed away on Saturday, November 12th at the age of 59.
Doug is survived by his loving wife Jackie, their beautiful daughter, Olivia May, son Chris and granddaughter Aubrey, son Brad, wife Paulita and granddaughter Brianna.
Doug is lovingly remembered by his sister Mary Leatherman, husband Rick and children Teddy, Hadley and Paxton; nieces Danielle, Debra and Darby; brother David, Matthew and Rachel, brother Donald; Jackie’s parents Jim and Sheila Lane and Gerald and Jeanne Shirel; Jackie’s sisters and families: Tom and Julie Miller, Kate, Brianna and Thomas; Darren Sieben and Emily; Andrew and Janice Hartsock, Carlyn and Brooks; Christina Lively, Tyler and Eliza; and Stacey Shively. Doug was preceded in death by his daughter, Caroline Ellene, granddaughter Noelle Ellene, brother Richard Kanis, sister-in-law Jennifer Sieben and parents Benard and Ava Kanis.
Doug was born in Spencer, Iowa, on June 6, 1957. He graduated from Rex Putnam High School in 1975 and went on to earn a Bachelors from Portland State in 1981. Doug was a registered Professional Engineer in the state of California and for the last 13 years worked as a Senior Engineer for the Orange County Sanitation District.
Doug, nicknamed “Bull”, treasured spending time with his family above all. He was a very hands-on dad and grandfather and he enjoyed wood-working and dirt-biking with friends. You couldn’t meet Doug without walking away with a new friend. He was lovingly referred to as “a gentle giant” and was always up for a great conversation or a hug if you needed one. He will be greatly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him.
Doug lived with type 1 diabetes for over 30 years and his daughter, Olivia and granddaughter, Aubrey continue to live with type 1. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations to JDRF at http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/dougkanis. JDRF raises funds for the millions of people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D).
Doug Kanis Memorial Service
Friday, November 18th 2016 – 6pm
The Chapel at Mariners Church
5001 Newport Coast Drive
Irvine, CA 92603
Reception Immediately Following
The Community Center at Liberty Baptist Church
1000 Bison Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92660