Lynda, Shannon, John and families,
I was sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and father, Doug Galvin. I taught with Doug at RSHS. He taught two doors down from my classroom and I spent many passing periods with him having a good time with students. We both enjoyed riding bicycles and we entertained each other with stories of our separate adventures of riding the Oregon Coast. We talked about riding the George Mickelson Trail together but it never got it done.
I followed Doug to the Western Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees. We were two experienced Social Studies teachers trying to make the world right. Doug talked me into attending Trustee Education Conferences. While in Seattle, we decided we didn't want to go to the ACCT awards banquet. Soon we were at a Mariners Baseball game enjoying a beer and a dog with the sun in our faces, much to displeasure of the other trustees who we left at the hotel. We traveled to Washington DC several times. We attended all of the conference sessions but on our off times, we hiked and used the Metro to explore the city. We visited the Vietnam Memorial together. He found a friend's name that was killed on the first day of the Tet Offensive. It was one of the few times Doug was at a loss for words. Somewhere, I have a picture. Once we were stranded in DC during a storm. We waited for a standby ticket in the airport bar drowning our sorrows with a bartender for most of two days. We returned a year later and bartender remembered us by name and bought the first reunion drink. Traveling with Doug on business was a vacation.
I really got to know Doug on our monthly trips to Evanston serving on a BOCES together. The topics were usually education related but we talked about most everything. One my pleasant memories was when Jimmy Buffet began playing on the radio and without any prompting, we both began singing along in imperfect harmony. Doug pirated three CDs of Buffet songs that I used for years to keep me awake while I was driving home at night. I lost them several years ago when I totaled my car. I miss my car but I really miss the CD's
I considered Doug a good friend and I missed him after he moved to Oregon. I will really miss him now. I'm glad he was able to finish the last golf game and visit family on his last day. I think that is how he would have planned to go if he had any control over the event. I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sure you are all thrown for a loop.
I will add an additional $100 to my annual gift to the college in Doug's memory.
Sincerely, John Freeman