Calcot staff and members are mourning the loss of a valued longtime employee, coworker and friend, Doug Starr.
Doug, Calcot’s Call Pool Manager, died November 25, 2020, a day short of his 55th birthday, following a long bout with cancer. Though he fought long and bravely, ultimately he succumbed to the disease at home, with his family beside him during his final moments.
Calcot President Paul Bush said, “Doug will be sorely missed, both personally and professionally. His unique intellect, emotional style and skill set made him a valuable asset to our organization. He was always a calming voice during tumultuous times. He had the respect of our growers, our directors, and of those who worked around him.
“Doug’s reputation within our industry was impeccable: honest, fair, and never refused a task. Our hearts go out to his family and friends for the loss of a great man and genuinely good person.”
Douglas Gerald Starr was born November 26, 1965, to Carolyn Mae Starr and to Gerald Arthur Starr in Ankara, Turkey (his father was on deployment with the United States Air Force). His family lived and explored many places around the U.S. and the world.
The Starr family moved to Bakersfield in 1982, and except for a college stint away from home, he would reside in Bakersfield the rest of his life, attending and graduating from Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield College and California State University in Chico. He was hired at Calcot soon after graduating from Chico State.
Doug married Donna Haycock in 1992, and soon they had two boys, Tyler and Kevin. Doug was always drawn to the outdoors and so he was naturally a Cub Scout leader for BSA Troop 208 and Scout Master for BSA Troop 139, allowing him to spend great time with his sons. He was also a parent volunteer for the Highland High School Marching Band (pulling the trailer with all the instruments for seven years). He and his family loved going to Disneyland, motorcycle riding, cycling, hiking, camping and hosting dinner parties.
After Doug was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2018, he set a goal to hike the 215-mile long John Muir Trail, which starts in Yosemite Valley and ends at Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48 states. Doug and Tyler finished hiking the trail in summer, 2019, with trail angel support from Donna and Kevin.
Doug is survived by his wife and boys. An online service was held December 9, due to Covid-19 restrictions. Condolences can be sent to the Starr family, 3307 Petite Sirah Street, Bakersfield CA 93306.