Douglas K. Stark, known to family and close friends as “Dugan”, passed away at the age of sixty-six after a courageous battle with cancer. Doug was born on November 13, 1956, in Bangor, Maine to parents Virginia (Doll) and Douglas A. Stark. His life was characterized by his strong Catholic faith, his devotion to friends and family, his work ethic, and his love of cars and travel.
He was raised in Augusta and enjoyed a great childhood with many neighborhood friends. Before moving back to Augusta, he lived in Windsor, where he met many new friends and was very involved in community events.
His passion was cars, and as he grew up, he and his buddies were always talking about cars, looking at cars, and buying cars. Doug bought a 1952 Ford when he was in high school and frequently took it to car shows, where he met many other auto enthusiasts. Throughout his life, his hobbies centered around collecting cars, auto and Route 66 memorabilia, antique toys, and traveling to many museums and car shows. One of his favorite trips was to Carlisle, Pennsylvania where he was in his glory surrounded by acres of cars. It didn’t matter where he traveled, whether it was to The County, North Carolina, Lake Placid, or Arizona, looking at cars, and usually buying one, was his favorite pastime.
Doug was a worker, and always had a job-he worked at Shaw’s, Sears, Westinghouse, the Maine State Police Department, Darlings, and for the State of Maine Consumer Protection Division. He loved every job and made many close friends wherever he went. He recently retired from the state, but retirement was not for him. Fortunately for everyone, he was considered such a valuable employee that he was asked to return. He went back to work helping consumers and worked up until a week before he passed.
In addition to work, he was a selfless volunteer for the Windsor Fire Department, the Togus Veterans’ Hospital, and at the Togus Chapel. For most of his adult life, you could find him volunteering--fighting fires and assisting ambulance calls, selling hot dogs at the Fire Department booth or sitting in the dunk tank at the Windsor Fair, wheeling patients around Togus, or as a lector and volunteer at Masses.
Doug is survived by one sister, Helen Williams and her husband Barry, three nieces, Heather Genest, Holly Jordan (Mark Jordan), and Haley Williams (Ian Deforge), one nephew, Scott D. Williams, great-nieces Camden Genest and Sailor Deforge, great-nephews Rocco and Louie Jordan, two aunts, several cousins, and many close friends whom he considered his family, including high school friends, colleagues at work, people he met everywhere he lived and traveled, and his church family.
The family would like to thank Hospice Services and people who helped so much in the last couple of weeks, particularly Mike Malley and family, John Wathen, and Darren Curtis, and for all the calls and cards he received from family and friends which meant so much to him.
There are no public visiting hours planned. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Friday December 9, 2022 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Western Avenue, Augusta, ME.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley, Sandra M. Prescott's Keystone Club Program, c/o Holly Jordan, 14 Pray Street, Gardiner, ME 04345.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME.