Douglas Meier Heller
March 28, 1931-Nov. 26, 2013
Submitted by Crippen & Flynn Woodside Chapel
Douglas Meier Heller died Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at his home in Atherton, California, after a very short battle with cancer. He was 82.
Mary Ehrlich Heller, his wife of 58 years, was by his side when he passed peacefully away. He is also survived by his son Steven (and his wife Rachael, son Matthew, and daughter Sara); daughter Sue Fenley (and her husband Robert, and daughters DJ & Amy); and son Scott (and his fiancde Robin, and Scott's son Michael).
Douglas Heller was born in March 1931 in San Francisco to Walter David Heller and Jeanette Meier Heller. He had two older brothers, Harold W. Heller who died in Oregon a few years ago and Robert D. Heller, who lives with his wife Helen in San Francisco. Many aunts, uncles and cousins also survived him.
Mr. Heller was raised in San Francisco, went to Alamo and then to Town School for his early education, Webb School for high school, and Stanford University for college. He also received his MBA from Stanford, but that was after he returned from the service.
He served in the Army during the Korean War but was spared any direct battle time as he was stationed in Japan.
He married Mary when he returned from the service in 1955 and settled in Palo Alto, and later in Atherton.
He worked as an insurance broker in San Francisco for his entire working career. He served on many boards and was an avid supporter of the Jewish community in San Francisco, on the Peninsula, and in Israel.
He was the President of the Jewish Welfare Federation, the Jewish Home of San Francisco and of the Menlo Circus Club.
He and Mary enjoyed playing tennis, and later, he did quite a bit of running, including 10Ks. After he retired, he enjoyed walking daily.
He was an avid fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Giants. He also loved watching and attending Stanford football and basketball games.
He always had a smile and a nice greeting for everyone he met. He was funny and quick-witted. My dad was a great role model, mentor and friend. He will be sorely missed.
The family will have a private memorial service at the Home of Peace in Colma. The family thanks, for its very special care, the Pathways Home, Health and Hospice, and his oncologist, Dr. Paula Kushlan at the Palo Alto Medical Center. "Keep looking for the magic pill!"
On December 22, 2013, at 3 p.m., there will be a Celebration of Life at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton, CA 94027.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Jewish Community Federation at 121 Steuart St., San Francisco, CA 94105; the Jewish Home of San Francisco at 302 Silver Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112; the Peninsula Volunteers at 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025; or a charity of your choice.