Doug "Coach" Chapple

May 29, 1939 - February 04, 2023

Doug "Coach" Chapple

May 29, 1939 - February 04, 2023


Doug Chapple, age 83, passed away peacefully on February 4th, 2023.

Doug Chapple sent 50 years in the Education profession as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and administrator.  He attended the University of Washington where he played football and was a member of the UW 1960 Rose Bowl Team.

Doug’s passion was to work with kids through coaching and teaching.  Doug has been recognized for his lifelong dedication to students and athletes.  He was the Wrestling Coach of the year in 1989 and inducted into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1992, the Lake Washington High School Gymnasium was named the DA Chapple Gymnasium in his honor.

Doug also was very active in church and was involved in Young Life for over 50+ years.

Doug retired from education in June of 2002 and moved to Bellingham to be closer to family.

The last 30+ years Doug has been focused on his wonderful marriage to Emmary (married in 1993) and on spending time with his five grandchildren.

Doug Chapple left an incredible imprint on all of our lives.

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4 responses to Doug "Coach" Chapple

  1. Doug was one of the finest men we ever knew! Loved God & others with his whole ❤️ heart… and his love for his precious wife was always beautifully on display! The world just lost a SHINING LIGHT.. we were all so blessed to know him

  2. Emy
    Was saying sad to hear about Doug passing, what a wonderful man full of spirit. I so enjoy talking with him and you while in the office waiting for the good Dr. Reach our if you need amything.

  3. I grew up 4 doors up the alley on Queen Anne In Seattle from Doug. Three years ahead of me in school, both Chapple twins were an inspiration and mentors for me in high school. I remember Doug as kind and thoughtful and yet sensitive in our relationship. Rest in peace.

  4. It was our pleasure to get to know Doug & Emmary after we became neighbors in Raspberry Ridge East Condos. He is so missed; especially when we’d visit at the mailboxes.
    He was such a witness for our Lord and his legacy lives on in the lives he touched and brought into the Kingdom.

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