Doug Mellin passed away January 16, 2019 following a 2 1/2 year battle with ALS. He cherished the seasons with the guys in the BCC Leagues. He and Chet occasionally shared an embrace on the course,, fully understanding their common destinies.
Douglas Richard Mellin
1945 – 2019
OBITUARY – Published in Seacoastonline.com from Jan. 19 to Jan. 22, 2019
FRANCONIA – Douglas Richard Mellin, 73, of Powder Hill Drive and 27 Chestnut St., Exeter, died Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from complications of ALS: a curse without a cure.
Born May 23, 1945, Doug was the son of Marion and John Mellin of Alds Street, Nashua and a 1963 graduate of Nashua High School where he was a member of the ski team.
In 1968, Doug received an Associates Degree in Civil Engineering from the Franklin Institute, Boston. He was a 1973 graduate of UNH achieving his BS in Community Development and later interned at SENH Regional Planning.
Doug became Exeter’s first Town Planner, where he worked from 1973-1985.
He later served as Operations Manager at Hampton Public Works Department for 18 years, retiring in 2008, setting his sights on designing a post and beam home in his beloved White Mountains, with a view of Cannon Mountain.
Doug was a veteran of the Air National Guard, serving from 1968-1974.
Along the way Doug encountered a familiar gal from The Exeter News-Letter Co., where he regularly dropped off legal notices for publication. The occasion; a 1976 Bicentennial celebration at Phillips Exeter Academy which provided a breathtaking experience beneath a star-studded sky, with Arthur Fiedler conducting and a massive canopy of fireworks mingling with a carpet of twinkling stars. The historic celebration was the perfect setting from which a 43 year romance was launched.
Married July 28, 1979 to Gayle (Marcotte), originally of Nashua, the couple built a home on Watson Road in Exeter. Their property quickly expanded to a mini-farm after receiving a lamb as a wedding present. Doug spent many nights in their small barn overseeing births. He loved gardening and maintained several varieties of apple trees and berry patches. In November, 1980, a son, Craig Robert, was joyfully welcomed into wondrous surroundings at 60 Watson Road.
“Not a seeker of fortune and fame, just a fun-loving player in life’s unpredictable game”, Doug loved the outdoors and nature. He made it a priority to accelerate his quest for adventure following his preliminary ALS diagnosis in May 2017, scheduling a second Europe river cruise, two new camping trips with friends to Nova Scotia and Glacier National Park and revisiting six favorite ski destinations out west and a new one at Revelstoke, BC in the spring of 2018, a trip to Sedona, Ariz., to rendezvous with his son, Craig.
Boating on the great Atlantic with friends fishing, scuba diving and occasionally dropping anchor at Gosport Harbor at the isles of Shoals where spectacular moon rises and sunsets often enhanced their nautical experiences. Scuba diving in the Caribbean among wondrous sea creatures was another recreational delight, on a week-long sail in Belize with Captain Bevin and his mate at the helm, the most spectacular of all.
In winter he sought ski adventures with family and friends and was a ski instructor at Loon Mountain for12 years, and skied Cannon as time allowed. Doug planned dozens of ski trips out west which only encouraged his enthusiasm for travel, eventually launching at least five trips to European Alps and on occasion, a cultural side trip would be integrated (Florence/Alagna and Venice/Dolomites).
In Franconia, he resumed the game of golf, when not fishing, gardening, biking or traveling. He was a member of the Bethlehem Country Club, playing in two leagues. In recent years, Doug cherished the opportunity to join former Nashua High golfers for some informal rounds in southern N.H.
Doug is survived by his wife, Gayle, a step daughter, Stacey Foote and his son Craig. Doug and Craig adopted their motto “Carpe Diem” after staying at a hotel of the same name during a ski trip in Switzerland; an ideal which Doug carried to his last days. Thanks to Santa, a “Carpe Diem” flag flutters proudly on the banks of the Parker River at Craig’s home in Newbury.
“Fortunate to have great friends and lifelong love of his son and wife”, Doug’s inspiring spirit will endure within us.
The family is grateful to the following health care givers and agencies: Dr. Kathrine Nicholson & ALS Clinic at MGH, VA Manchester Hospital; Spinal Cord Injury team, North Country Home Health & Hospice, Dr.; Pangan and Nurse Cindy, Core Physicians and to those friends who walked alongside Doug and supported his fundraising goal in the 2018 Walk for ALS.