|Birth: ||Jun. 10, 1944|
|Death: ||Sep. 6, 2010|
Rev. Douglas Norman Earp, 66 of Mabton, entered into rest on September 6, 2010 at Prosser Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Melbourne, Australia on June 10, 1944 to William and Shirley (Hendrickson) Earp. The family moved to Florida in 1946 where Doug ws raised and educated. He left home at the age of sixteen and hitchhiked from Florida to California, lied about his age and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was released from the Army six months later and lived in San Diego area.
Doug was saved on the streets in California and shortly thereafter lived at a Christian House in Wilbur, WA. He moved to Yakima in 1981 and while studying ministry, dedicated his life to street ministry and created a youth crisis hotline. Doug became an ordained minister in 1983.
Doug married Marzella Folk in 1982 and the couple moved to Mabton in 1988 where they founded and have been director's of First Love Ministries Ranch ever since.
Doug is survived by his wife, Marzella "Marcie" Earp of Mavton; three children, Troy Earp and Tonya Young of California and Claudia Earp of Florida; two step-children, Sean Gebhardt and his wife, Connie of Monroe, WA and Paiege Flink and her husband, Dave of Selah; six grandchildren, Roger Earp of California, Danielle Green and her husband, Darrick, Gabrielle Gebhardt and Joshua Gebhardt all of Monroe and Justin Gebhardt of Selah; and four great-grandchildren including Mali Flink of Selah and Andrew Gebhardt of Kittitas. He is also survived by three sisters, Diane, Juanita and Linda of Florida; two brothers, Mike of Texas and Daryl of Mabton; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparent and his parents.
A life celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 25, at the Christian Worship Center in Zillah.
The family asks that you dress casually and thanks you in advance for not bringing children under the age of twelve.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Love Ministries, P.O. Box 1000 Mabton, WA 98935. Prosser Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
Prosser Record Bulletin 9-22-2010
Previous marriages -
wife #1 - unknown
wife #2 - Alice Rose DeVoy (married 28 Apr 1966 in Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana; divorced in July 1973)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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Originally Created by: lloker
Record added: May 21, 2012
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