Memorial service set for Pastor Doug

September 26, 2011

Family and friends are organizing a public memorial service to honor a local man who lived longer with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) than anyone else in the entire country.

Doug Carroll, 54, of San Luis Obispo, known to many simply as “Pastor Doug,” died in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Sept. 21. at Bayside Convalescent Home in Morro Bay.

His memorial service has been scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 30th at 1 p.m. at the Benedict-Rettey Mortuary in Morro Bay. Retired naval chaplain Bill Huston will officiate.

Carroll, who was first diagnosed with the most aggressive form of MS in 1999, turned his medical condition  into a platform to champion disabled causes, lobbying government officials in both Sacramento and Washington. The former youth pastor was recognized by Cong. Lois Capps for his efforts in 2007.

Carroll also organized the annual “Lost at Sea” celebration, held for the last 11 years on Memorial Day at the Cayucos Pier.

Having MS forced the Tulare native to retire from his work as a youth pastor and youth adventure therapist. After graduating from college, Carroll served as a missionary for two years in the African nation of Ghana.

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Rest in Peace, Doug. I met Doug twice, once at the KVEC Studios when there was a birthday celebration for Tom Madson, and once when I knocked on his door to introduce myself. Doug and I were pretty far apart politically, but he talked to me with a friendly, sincere manner. I hope his wife Victoria is doing well, she is going to have a lot of changes happening in her life, but I am sure she misses him dearly. Doug was a good man.

Memory Eternal, Doug!

RIP Pastor Doug…

You have done the hard work inspite of your setbacks, a true inspiration to all…

He truly lived a life of accomplishment and good cheer. I also remember his cooking skills which he shared with others at Spencer’s Market. He gave on all levels.

Pastor Doug…

You are now home my friend. Free of the dibilitating condition that robbed you of physical life. Now in eternity, you shine as though the Sun.

Thank you for all that you accomplished here. I will miss your strength, and most of all, your boisterous laugh. God blessed us all just by knowing you.

Rest in peace, dear man!