John Douglas “Doug” McLain

John Douglas “Doug” McLain

Colón, Panama
Death 29 Nov 2019 (aged 68)
Valrico, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
Burial Brandon, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 205348487 · View Source
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• Born on April 6, 1951 in Colón, Panama Canal Zone, Panama.
• Passed away on November 29, 2019 in Valrico, Florida, United States.

John Douglas McLain passed away at home on Nov. 29 after a lengthy battle with liver cancer, surrounded by his children. He is survived by his adult children Deidre (Cassie) McLain , David McLain and Rachael McLain; sister Judy (Yossi) Feintuch; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Cynthia E. McLain (née Goodman); father John Arthur McLain; and mother Dorothy "Gladys" McLain (née Watson).

Doug spent more than three decades working as a music teacher, including for 33 years at Department of Defense Dependents Schools' (DoDDS) around the world. He worked primarily as a middle and high school teacher, directed more than 60 concerts, and frequently helped with the DoDDS Honors Music Festival in Germany. From 1995 to 2013 he taught at SHAPE American High School near Mons, Belgium, and previously taught in Frankfurt, Germany; Heilbronn, Germany; and the Balboa & Cristobal high schools in Panama. He graduated from Cristobal High School in 1969, and received his Bachelors in Music Education (with honors) from New Mexico State University in 1973. In 1978 he received a Masters in Conducting from Northwestern University.

Doug was dedicated to his family, his music, and his students. Over the course of his life he composed or arranged more than 100 pieces for bands and orchestras through his publisher, Baton Music. Later, he served as president, guest conductor and clarinetist for Fanfare Concert Winds in Tampa, Florida. He had passions for Star Trek, Harry Potter, otters and chocolate. He was musical director and conductor for the SHAPE Players in Belgium for many years, and in recent years he stepped out of the pit and onto the stage, most notably in his 2012 role as Sancho Panza in "Man of La Mancha." In retirement, he discovered a love for the game of bridge, which he played both casually and competitively.

Doug loved spending time with Cindy and their three children, who felt blessed to have him as a father. Among his favorite memories with his family were seeing his children play in his band and choir concerts, summer visits to his mother in Sarasota, Florida, a long-planned 2011 family trip to Italy, and a 2019 visit to ZooTampa at Lowry Park, when he got to play with and feed the zoo's otters.
In lieu of flowers, Doug's family knows he would appreciate donations toward sea otter conservation, or organizations supporting music in schools.

Memorial Service Information
Doug's memorial service will begin promptly at noon, on Saturday, December 21, 2019. The memorial service will be held at the Event Gallery Brandon, 524 Oakfield Dr, Brandon, FL 33511. The facility is in a multi-use plaza, and is right next to "Taste of Berlin," which was one of Doug's favorite restaurants due to his time in Germany. Please arrive early to secure parking, which can be found behind the building if the front lots are full. Please do not park in any clearly marked, reserved spaces. Additional off-site parking is available at Busicglio Dental and Storm Cheerleading on Saturday. Light refreshments will be provided. Please email with questions and concerns.

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  • Created by: Allen Monasmith
  • Added: 9 Dec 2019
  • Find a Grave Memorial 205348487
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Douglas “Doug” McLain (6 Apr 1951–29 Nov 2019), Find a Grave Memorial no. 205348487, citing Brandon Family Cemetery, Brandon, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Allen Monasmith (contributor 46880788) .