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Humane Society of West Michigan
3077 Wilson Dr NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Kids Educational Fund
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College America FBO Lance and Sienna Lockwood
Life Story / Obituary
With an unbridled ability to find humor in every situation, Douglas Gregg Lockwood lived each day with passion, gratitude, and much laughter. A man of principle, Doug possessed a work ethic that was rooted in detail, diligence, and dedication. His honesty and unwavering faith in others were only exceeded by authenticity and willingness to be known. He never hesitated to share his emotions, regardless of the vulnerability it required. He had gifts for observing and connecting with others regardless of distance and time. Once Doug welcomed someone into his heart, there they safely stayed. A devoted husband, father, and friend, An inspiration to all who were blessed to know him, Doug's spirit of adventure and love for others will long live in the lives of those he loved.
The early 60s proved a time of much excitement. While cars continued to evolve as more compacts appeared and sold well, Alan Shepard manned the country's first space flight. Popular music included Chubby Checker's "Pony Time" and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by the Shirelles, while "West Side Story" and "The Parent Trap" dominated the movie theaters. Nowhere was there more excitement than in the home of John and Lauma (Silemieks) Lockwood as they welcomed their adopted son Doug into their family.
Born on March 7, 1969, in Grand Rapids, Doug grew up in a loving home. While his father, who grew up in Detroit, worked in furniture and graphic design, his mother, who was Latvian, worked as a homemaker. In addition to his older sister, Susan, Doug had many friends. He enjoyed playing outside with the neighbor kids and was always up for an adventure. The family had many rich traditions, including going to Frankenmuth's Bavarian Inn each year and staying at the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor.
The piano lessons Doug took as a child sowed the seeds of his lifelong passion for music. Over the years, he grew his musical talents learning to play the clarinet, harp, and various percussion instruments. He particularly enjoyed the drum. Though he did not participate in his school's marching band, he played for several ensembles and "garage" bands with his friends. It was during his teens that he and his lifelong friend, John Holkeboer first met.
Doug was a natural student of life who welcomed any opportunity to learn and grow. A proud graduate of Grand Rapids Christian's class of 1987, where he ran track and cross country, he also attended John Ball Zoo School and Interlochen Center for the Arts.
After graduating from high school, Doug continued his education at Purdue University. A diehard lifelong Boilermaker, Doug graduated with a Bachelor's degree in business and marketing. With a degree in hand, he began working as a sales representative for Nabisco. In time, he found work with ITT in Grand Rapids as an admission representative. In time, he became ITT's admissions director. Doug eventually became the DVP of Admissions for Corinthian Colleges. When he later worked for the Art Institute, he was the Vice President who oversaw all of the admissions directors at each of the college's campuses. His responsibilities included overseeing all of the admissions directors at all of the college's campuses. His job allowed him to work from home as well as travel. He then purchased a franchise of Patrice and Associates offering recruiting services.
Doug was blessed to be introduced to the love of his life, Tanya Scholten, by a mutual friend. The couple's first date took place during a happy hour at a local pub, instantly connecting over easy conversation and laughter. After dating for 2 years, Doug proposed. After a yearlong engagement, Doug and Tanya celebrated their marriage ceremony on June 19, 1998, at St Pius X church in Grandville. The celebration included a trolly ride for the wedding party to the reception at the BOB, great music, and much joy; it was a perfect day.
After honeymooning in Seattle, where they stayed with Doug's sister Susan, and Vancouver, the newlyweds made their first home in Grand Rapids. Two years later, Doug's work took the couple to Colorado Springs, Colorado. During their two years in Colorado, Doug relished exploring the outdoors, taking to the trails as often as he could. Many wonderful backpacking and camping memories were made. Doug especially enjoyed hiking the mountains and made it a goal to hike all of the famous "Fourteeners;" Pike's Peak and its neighbors that all reached elevations above 14,000 feet. Doug's job also took him east to Reston, Virginia, where he poured himself into learning and exploring the area's rich history. Then Doug's work required a move to New Orleans, Louisiana. It is no wonder that passion for music inspired an instant love for the city. During the eight months he lived there, he relished exploring the city, culture, music, and cuisine. When Corinthian College offered Doug the regional director position, he was able to settle roots in Walker, Michigan.
Doug and Tanya were blessed to welcome two children into their family. Their daughter, Sienna, and son, Lance, were the centers of their lives and the source of much pride and joy. Though Dough traveled for work, his family was always forefront in his heart and mind. While away, he often shared stories about his family with his colleagues, and when he was home, he was very intentional about how he spent his time with them. Doug parented with signature insight, empathy, and boundless faith. He consciously reflected the best in his children and encouraged all of their endeavors. He provided a living example of the principles he believed in and thoroughly enjoyed sharing his passion for life with his children.
A careful planner, with a keen eye for details, Doug planned and took his family on fabulous day trips. Whether visiting a zoo or museum, or attending a festival, every happening was an opportunity for exploration, growth, and laughter. The family enjoyed many wonderful trips, including traveling to San Diego, snorkeling and swimming with sharks in the Dominican Republic, attending New York City's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and celebrating Christmas in New Orleans. Doug and Sienna shared a musical bond and attended many music festivals together. They even traveled to Seattle and New York to take in their favorite musicians' performances.
The family enjoyed many local vacations too. Camping at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon and Tippy Dam in Manistee National Forest were some of their favorites. As were the times spent at the cottage on Big Star Lake in Baldwin. The annual Fourth of July boat parade was a great opportunity for Doug to express his creativity and passion. Each year they had a different theme. The year the theme was movies, Doug and family chose the movie, Grease. They decked themselves in great costumes and danced their way around the lake, singing their hearts out to the movie's soundtrack. It was no surprise to anyone on the lake when they won first place!
Without a doubt, Doug was a man who exemplified the best of life. He welcomed each day as a gift and every person as a friend. He easily saw the best in others and always had their backs. Doug's quick wit inspired laughter in even the darkest moments, and his ability to draw people together was a priceless gift. Whether riding his bike, playing ball with his son, listening to music with his daughter, performing as campfire DJ, walking Kirk Park with his canine companion, Rosie, Doug embraced each moment wholeheartedly. In so doing, he proved a powerful role model for all who were blessed to know him.
Though our days with Doug were far too few, the gifts of his life will long be cherished. As we wrestle with his sudden absence, we will proudly begin the honorable work of carrying his beautiful legacy forward. With each song we sing with relish, moment we choose to forgive, belly laugh or tears we unhesitatingly share, and stranger we welcome as a friend, we celebrate the best of Doug's life. In these ways, we will keep his spirit alive and inspiring others as he so inspired us.
Douglas G. Lockwood of Walker, MI, age 51, passed away unexpectedly on September 14, 2020. Doug was born March 7, 1969, in Grand Rapids to the late John and Lauma (Silemieks) Lockwood. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Jeffrey Lockwood; his sister, Susan Lockwood; and mother-in-law, Patricia Scholten. Doug will be missed by his wife of 22 years, Tanya; his daughter, Sienna; his son, Lance; his hiking companion, "Rosie"; father-in-law, James (MaryAnn) Scholten, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Terri Herberg; niece, Stephanie (Greg) Hollingshead; and several close friends. A memorial gathering will be held, Sunday September 20, 2020, from 3-6 PM at Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes, 2120 Lake Michigan Drive NW. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Humane Society of West Michigan. To read more of Doug's life story, leave a memory or condolence, please visit www.heritagelifestory.com.