Douglass Lee Marlow, 70, of West Falmouth, MA died at his home on Sunday, March 5, 2017 following 19 months of courage and amazing stamina enduring a lengthy illness with cancer. He was the devoted husband of Linda (Leonard) DeYoung.
Doug was born in Hackensack, NJ and raised in Ridgewood, NJ where he graduated high school. He attended Lehigh University receiving his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. He was a proud member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity maintaining many friendships throughout the years. Following his college graduation he joined the Peace Corps serving in Cartagena, Columbia from 1968-1970.
His career included positions as chief engineer at Koehring in Ohio and ASM industries in PA. He received his MBA from Harvard in 1983 then moved into the computer and technical industries at Apollo computer in Chelmsford and several divisions of Hewlett Packard. Prior to retirement, Doug became certified as a science teacher and taught for two years at the Roosevelt middle school in New Bedford. He also started a small business, Autumn Riders, developing apparel for motorcycling enthusiasts - riding was one of his favorite activities.
Doug lived in Harvard, MA for many years before moving to Chelmsford and later to West Falmouth, MA. He was a proud member of the “Lemon Boys” a long distance bicycling group and developed wonderful friendships. He was a member of the Big Brother’s organization where he mentored a young man from middle school through high school. He participated in the reading for the blind program in Cambridge and in retirement, was a member of the Board of the Friends of Falmouth Bikeway.
Doug had many interests including getting his pilot’s license, motorcycling, bicycling, being an accomplished woodworker, photography and a love of Spanish. Doug and his wife enjoyed many travels including Portugal, Hungary, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and many parts of Europe. More recently they took up RVing to enjoy some of this wonderful country.
Doug retired to West Falmouth on the Cape in 2011. In retirement he loved bicycling with new friends in Falmouth as well as pursuing his other interests. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren - sharing his hobbies with them and showing them the beauty of Cape Cod.
Doug is survived by his wife, Linda, his 5 children, Craig Marlow and his wife Kim from Highlands Ranch, CO; Lee Marlow and his wife Marla from Highlands Ranch, CO; his step-daughter Rachel Minihan from Holly Springs, NC; his step-daughter Laura Wightman and her husband Jason from Winchendon, MA; his stepson, Adam DeYoung and his wife Jessica from Milford, CT; his 12 grandchildren: Amanda, Sean, ‘Angel’ Jay, Emi, Will, Cooper, Madison, Cassandra, Emily, Meghan, Molly and Charlotte. He is also survived by his three sisters, Anne Vose and her husband Warren of Martha’s Vineyard, Jean Conklin Dillon of NC, and Nancy Drago and her husband Joe of Staatsburg, NY as well as 12 nieces and nephews: David, Stuart, Cori, Kyle, Chad, Karly, Chris, Elizabeth, Heather, Chris, Jonathan and Rachelle.
A memorial celebration will be held at Waquoit Congregational Church, 115 Parsons Lane, Waquoit, MA on Saturday, March 25th at 4:00 p.m. A reception will be held following the service at the church hall. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Partners in Health at pih.org or to a charity of your choice.