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Charlie Douthit


September 30, 2016

Charlie Douthit, 73, of Cheyenne, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on September 26.

He was born on March 3, 1943 in Billings, Montana to John and Helen Douthit. He graduated from Worland High School in 1961, was a first generation college student, attended Northwest Community College, transferred to the University of Wyoming and earned a Bachelor's degree majoring in Elementary Education in 1967 and a Master's degree studying Guidance & Counselor Education in 1969. He was so proud of the University of Wyoming and wore his UW class ring until the day he died. Go Pokes! He also served and was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Wyoming Army National Guard.

Charlie was a good, loyal, and kind man. He was so proud of his children, wife of 30 years, his grandchildren and Cheyenne East High School (EHS). He loved to watch trains with his son. He loved his Sunday night phone calls with his daughter and son. He loved playing poker with his poker buddies. He loved trees and spent countless hours watering the trees in front of EHS. He loved to play cribbage with the cribbage club and always sought the elusive 29 hand. He loved his walks and his daytime naps. He loved to watch his grandsons play football, basketball and baseball. He loved his dogs, Emma and Hanna. And most important, he cherished his wife, Mary Jo Douthit, more than anything. The time they spent together was a gift.

For the majority of his working career, he was a counselor at Johnson Junior High and his beloved EHS where he retired as a guidance counselor in 2001. After retirement he stayed connected to EHS by volunteering his time at football and basketball games.

He left behind his wonderful wife, Mary Jo (Thomas) Douthit; a son, Travis; a daughter, Shelley Dodd and son-in-law Jerry; step-daughter Rhonda her husband Jimbo Tanner, step-son Mike his wife Stephanie Reid. Grandchildren Kadie, Maddie, and Andrew Reid; Tessa, Garrett and Taylor Douthit Dodd. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, October 3 at 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 3501 Forest Drive and there will be a reception at the church immediately following the services. All are welcome. Please dress in your favorite brown and gold, or Cheyenne East blue and black. He wouldn't want you to be uncomfortable in panty hose, suit, or a tie.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, the University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club, or plant a tree in his memory.


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