Douglas B. Samuels
Douglas B. Samuels, of Houston, Texas, passed away July 24, 2019, in Houston.
A memorial and celebration of life will be held in Concordia, at a later date with interment in Lee-Glenn Cemetery (near Sedalia). Memorials are suggested to Lee-Glenn Family Cemetery Association.
He was born September 20, 1959. After graduating from Concordia High School in 1977, he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, and then proudly served six years in the U.S. Navy, visiting many foreign ports of call. As a Nuclear Propulsion Technician aboard the USS James K. Polk, his crew was awarded the Submarine Squadron 16 Battle Efficiency GOLD award in 1980.
Due to his expertise in nuclear engineering Doug was sought after to teach at Georgia State, the University of Georgia, UMKC, and SDSU. He also worked with NASA on underwater projects in Houston. He traveled the world and enjoyed racing, tinkering, and sharing his stories. Doug was currently a volunteer with the VA mentoring other veterans.
He is survived by his father Donald Samuels of rural Concordia; brothers DeWayne (Gayle) Samuels of Phoenix Ariz., Charles (Pam) Samuels of Burlington Junction, Steven (Martha) Samuels of Hollister, Keith (Hope) Samuels of Durham N.C., sister Frances (Kelly) Murr of Gibbon Neb., and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends around the world.
His mother, Buddy Grace, preceded him in death.