Douglas Eugene Duffy, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2019 as his family serenaded him with songs reminiscent of his childhood and home. He will be remembered by all as someone who played as hard as he worked, and who routinely expressed his love and gratitude for those around him. Doug had an adventurous spirit which he instilled in his beloved son, Collin, through travel and a passion for the outdoors. Doug was born to Carol Taylor and Bill Duffy in Macomb, IL on January 5, 1962. He developed a lifelong love of sports starting with listening to St. Louis Cardinal games on the radio with his grandfather. After graduating from Moline High School in 1980, Doug enrolled at Illinois State University. Following a semester abroad in the French Alps, Doug felt the call of the mountains, and he transferred to the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). At CU he studied secondary education, ran cross country, and was an avid hiker, biker, and skier. Doug read atlases the way most people read novels and had a superhuman memory for the terrain of every hike. With his keen sense of direction and cheerful demeanor, it was a privilege to have Doug as a hiking and biking partner. He enjoyed many years of exploring Colorado and the west with family and friends, often making new friends along the way. Doug excelled at creating community, a value he instilled in his students over 30 years of teaching, coaching, and leading student council at Niwot High School. His loss will be felt by many, but his spirit lives on, in our hearts, in the wind on our faces, in the flight of a dragonfly, and any time we experience the power and beauty of nature.
Doug is survived by: his wife, Sally Herreid; his son, Collin Duffy; his parents Bill Duffy and Carol and Larry Taylor; his siblings David Duffy, Dalinda Archer, and Darren Duffy; stepchildren Tyler and Sydney Coffey; his beloved golden retrievers, Neva and Lily; and a large, loving extended family.
Doug’s life will be celebrated at the Boulder Reservoir from 2-4 pm on September 28th, 2019, and on October 6th, 2019 in Moline, Illinois at Riverside United Methodist church from 2-4 pm. Casual attire is requested, with bonus points awarded to those who wear Hawaiian shirts, St. Louis Cardinals, CU Buffaloes, or Niwot High School spirit wear. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund, details to follow, will be set up in Doug’s name.
those who have learned
to love one another
have made their way
to the lasting world
and will not leave,