FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Douglas Teitzel

    Former Sitka resident Douglas H. Teitzel died Dec. 28 at his home in Napavine, Wash., surrounded by all of his loving family. He was 72.
    No services have been planned at this time.
    Douglas was born May 8, 1940, in Port Townsend, Wash., the son of Henry L. and Bobbie B. Teitzel.
    In 1960 he married Dolores Jean Erickson, and they came to Sitka, where he worked for Alaska Pulp Co., in the powerhouse. In 1966 he went to work for the city electric department, in the hydro plant and then on the line crew. He also was with the police reserves.
    The family moved to Winlock, Wash., in 1976, and then to Napavine in December 1992.
    Doug worked woods security patrol for Weyerhaeuser, Longview, Wash., and patrolled the Mount Saint Helens area for 30 years. He loved to fish and be outdoors.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Henry L. Teitzel in January 1944; his mother, Bobbie B. Janisch in February 1989; and his dad, Walter J. Janisch in January 2009.
    He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Napavine; children William (Linda) Teitzel of Hillsboro, Ore., Kim (Kelly) Teitzel of Toledo, Wash., Tara Neely of Napavine, Darcie Teitzel of Onalaska and Kyle
Teitzel of Lacey, Wash.; seven grandchildren, Brent, Andria, Ryan, Bradley, Amarra, Garrhet and Zane; and two great-grandsons, Maxx and Vincent.
    He also is survived by a brother, Donald K. (Betty) Teitzel of El Cajon, Calif., and numerous nieces and nephews.

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