Martin Douglas “Doug” McCurley died at home on July 14, 2022 surrounded by his wife and daughters.
Doug was born on June 3, 1951 in Fort Scott, Kansas. Doug grew up in Fort Scott and eventually moved to Denver, Colorado, where he would meet his future wife Kathleen “Kathy” Overton.
Doug and Kathy were married on November 25, 1978 in Denver. Doug and Kathy welcomed four daughters into their lives in Denver but then soon moved back to Fort Scott to raise their young family. When two of their daughters later settled in Lawrence to start raising families of their own, Doug and Kathy quickly followed and made Lawrence their new home. Doug was an avid KU basketball fan and loved living in the city home to the cathedral of college basketball.
Doug’s greatest joy in life was being a devoted “Papa” to his four grandsons. His four boys were his best friends and his world circled around them. No rain, sleet, snow, or excessive heat could keep him from sitting on the sidelines of any and every event or game the boys were in. Not even Glioblastoma could keep Papa away from anything involving his boys. Until the very end, you would find Papa Doug in the stands cheering on every play.
Doug was a happy warrior-patient, kind, humble, and oh so funny. He was unabashedly patriotic and a grateful servant in every aspect of life. To know Doug was to love Doug and his absence will be felt always.
Doug is proceeded in death by his parents Louise and Hubert McCurley, his sisters Lucille Langdon and Elaine Ropp and his life long best friend Dave Regan. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his four daughters Alissa McCurley Vogel, Vanessa Tourtillott, Lindsay McCurley and Krista McCurley, his two son-in-laws Richard Vogel and Justin Tourtillott, his four grandsons Maxtin McCurley and Everett, Benjamin, and Leo Tourtillott, and his siblings Cedric McCurley, Bernie Simmons, and Anne Johnston.
Celebration of life services will be announced at a later date. Doug has requested that in lieu of flowers, any memorials be sent to the Corpus Christi CYO Saints basketball team for their drive to purchase new basketball uniforms. Corpus Christi Catholic School, 6001 Bob Billings Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66049