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Troopers respond to death of Dr. Doug Chilcoat

by Diana Haecker ~ June 17th, 2010

On Thursday morning, Alaska State Troopers were called to investigate the death of 71-year old Douglas Chilcoat. The officer found that Chilcoat had a gunshot wound to his head. According to a trooper news release, it was determined that he shot himself while family members were outside the residence.

Dr Chilcoat was a practicing veterinarian in Talkeetna, and also served as a volunteer veterinarian in the Iditarod Trail sled dog race.  He was well known by dog and other pet owners in the Upper Susitna Valley.

–Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says they are treating the case as a suicide investigation.  An autopsy will be performed and no information will be available until the state medical examiner is finished with the case.

**an addendum for all friends: Friends here have set up a  memorial account  for Marlene at the Talkeetna Mat-Su Valley Federal Credit Union for assistance.  Extended family has said “please, no flowers”

30 Responses to Troopers respond to death of Dr. Doug Chilcoat

  1. Cindy

    I knew Doug Chilcoat when he lived in Westminster,MD and owned the veterinary center there. I am shocked to hear this news!

  2. Beth Wheeler

    He will be missed… My heart and love is with Marlene and the family.. He also volunteered his services for Vet Checks and as a race Veterinarian for the Don Bowers Memorial Sled dog Race.

  3. Mr. Wayne

    We were all shocked to hear about Dr. C. He seemed to be enjoying his new life and friends in AK as well as keeping in touch with relatives back in the lower 48. What a shock! What a shame! Condolences to Ms. Marlene. Be strong. Mr. Wayne

  4. Cliff & M.J. Corso

    We are shocked and very sad about losing Doc! Our prayers are with Marlene and the family. Doc was always available and caring regarding our beloved pets, and Cliff enjoyed the time they spent together cycling. To the family: please phone us if you need any assist; that is the least we can do.

  5. larry c.

    I am in SHOCK and in disbelief, in the passing of Dr. Douglas Chilcoat, I just can’t believe this happened, to a man who loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. My condolences go out to his proud sons, Wade and Clay, and his new wife. Dr Chilcoat was a wonderful, kind, person, who always seemed to remember his roots, growing up as a country boy! Douglas and his former wife, Sharon, hosted many parties and family reunions at their home, at Silver Run, MD, and was enjoyed by all those families and friends. It will Be something that will remain it our hearts forever.

  6. Sharon H M

    Marlene,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Doc will be truly missed by people and animals both. You and he were always so caring to my dog when I brought her in, his care will truly be missed. We hope you continue to be part of our community and if there is anything that anyone can do to help, please reach out to those who care.

  7. susan ay

    Doc was so very special to me and my dogs through the years since 1974. A truly dedicated vet and always willing to go the extra mile. He will be missed by so many people who loved him. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

  8. Darlene & Mark

    Doug was the Patriach of the family, always reaching out to all of us, always trying to keep the family connected in spite of the distances and all of our busy lives, we are in shock and disbelief. We loved him dearly and our hearts are heavy with grief.We just cannot understand this.

  9. Darlene & Mark

    Doug was the Patriarch of the family, always the one connecting us in spite of the distances and our busy lives. We are in shock and disbeliel and our hearts are heavy with grief. We just can’t comprehend this tragedy, a very sad loss for so many people.

  10. nancy chilcoat

    can’t tell you all how shocked and heartbroken we are. Dr. C was a distant cousin of my husband’s but was my doggies’ doctor. he was so special to all of us, not only as a doctor. I don’t know what caused this, but am praying he is at peace. I wish he had known how many people loved him. Prayers go out to his family. you won’t be forgotten, Dr. C.

  11. HARVEY-THE MULEMAN

    MARLENE,

    WORDS, AT THIS TIME ,CAN NEVER COMPENSATE FOR YOUR LOSS , AS WELL AS OURS. DOC WAS AND WILL REMAIN A MAN THAT I AM PROUD TO HAVE MET AND KNOWN. EVENTHOUGH HIS PRACTICE WAS CONCERNED WITH SMALL ANIMALS ONLY, HE CARED FOR MY MULES-DOTTIE AND LOUISE-AS IF THEY WERE HIS OWN. THE KINDNESS AND COMPASSON YOU BOTH SHARED WITH ME FOR THEM AND MY LITTLE DOG-PEACHES-TOUCHED MY HEART. I SHARE IN YOUR HURT. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS WILL BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR SOME TIME. HARVEY

  12. Elaine Chilcoat

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Doug’s family esp. his children, Clay and Wade. Doug did indeed keep the family connected. We will all remember the family reunions and pig roasts. One of my fondest memories is when he told my sisters-in-law and me that he couldn’t believe how beautiful all the Chilcoat women were! He was a charming and kind person. You will be missed, Doug.

  13. Sharon Chilcoat

    A private memorial service will be held for Dr. Chilcoat in Westminster, MD for family and friends (by invitation only).

  14. Larry Rivers

    Marlene,

    I am so sorry. Ever since receiving the news I have been sick at heart. For days before I heard, I had been looking forward to seeing Doug, wondering how he enjoyed shooting at Grouse Ridge and wanting to share experiences.

    Every time I saw him in Talkeetna, Wasilla, Anchorage, and the many other places we bumped into each other it brightened my day. Now I am empty inside from the loss… the loss of losing him…and the loss I know you feel…a loss that can not be shared. But I can share your tears, grief, and the hollowness it leaves in you. The deep grief can not be explained or understood, nor can it be bypassed, for only time takes us through it, time and endless tears.

  15. Reita Whitler

    Marlene, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Buddy Boo Boo will miss your kind and giving vet pracice. Also the kindness and concern you showed when we loss our beloved Golden Dillon. My prayers are with you Marlene.

  16. Cathy Stone

    I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Chilcoat and the circumstances. He was our vet through many of our dogs lives and he always showed compassion. When our Lhaso had pups and I brought them in for a check up, he slapped me on the back and told me I did great in helping the mom; he knew I had read everything and still was a nervous wreck. When our little sweetheart Minni had to be put down he never said a word about all the family that came in to say goodbye to her-we filled the room. He was a very special person. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  17. Phyllis

    I worked with Dr. C. for almost 20 years. I am shocked and sad at his passing. I always thought that some day I would get up to Alaska to see him again. I guess that will never happen. My prayers and love go out to his family

  18. Nancy

    Dr. Chilcoat had been our vet since I was a little girl back in the early 70’s and he was practicing on his side porch. He was the most wonderful, caring vet. I always told my parents when I had children if I couldn’t get them to the peditrician, I was taking them to Dr. Chilcoat. He was so wonderful to our Dobermans and treated them as though they were his own. Was a wonderful man. I hope he knew how much people thought of him and respected him.

  19. Bonnie Bossom Howard

    To the entire Chilcoat Family: The Franklin High School Class of 1956 ( Doug was President of the Class ) expresses our most sincere condolence hearing of Doug’s passing. Every person we contacted was greatly shocked and in disbelief. Doug had a wonderful personality, great love of life and all it entailed, and endearing smile that will be missed and always remembered.

    Franklin High School Class of 1956

  20. Dave and Vikki Wiewel

    We are so saddened to hear of Dr. Chilcoat’s passing. To me Doc was the classic country vet. He would always take extra time to explain his diagnosis and explain our options in the care of our dog KC.
    He will be greatly missed here in Talkeetna.
    Marlene, Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

  21. Eric (Bud) and Cindy Ganjon

    Bud and Doug had coffee together almost every day at Baughers many years ago when the group of men would meet in the morning and again at 3:00 pm. They solved all the world problems back then. Too bad they couldn’t have gotten together one more time for Doug. Dr. Chilcoat was the vet when i got my first cat, and he always was the most caring and kind hearted person. Our sincere sympathy goes out to his family.

  22. Eric (Bud) and Cindy Ganjon

    Bud and Doug had coffee together almost everyday at Baugher’s many years ago when the group of men would meet twice a day to solve the world problems. I had the please of not only knowing Dr. Chilcoat as a kind and caring vet for my cat but also through my husband as a friend. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the family.

  23. Dean Camlin

    Marlene, I’m so sorry for your loss. I wasn’t even aware that you guys had moved to Alaska. I’ll always remember Doug’s quick wit and love of animals.

  24. David Iacono

    We were deeply saddened to hear about Doug’s passing. He was an honest, kind and caring vet to us. He was truly one of a kind. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family.

  25. Debbie Zepp

    My heart is broken for the death of Dr. C. I was his office manager for 10 years in Westminster in his early days. He was beloved by all his clients and their animals whom he treated as his own. My prayers go out to his family, especially his sons.
    My years with him will always be accompanied by smiles and feelings of love for this one of a kind guy.

  26. Sharon & Wayne Kelley

    We just listened to the very nice service for “Dr C.” Marlene, you did an outstanding job. We certainly feel better about the situation knowing Doug was such an integral part of the Talkeetna community and enjoying his “retirement” from Westminster Vet. Our love and prayers are with you.

  27. LINDA HICKMAN AND RICHARD REDMOND

    MY DAD IS RICHARD REDMOND I NEW HIM AS UNCLE DOUG WE CALLED HIM WHEN MY DOG GOT THIS DISEASE CALLED WOBBLERS AND I LOST HIM HE WAS THERE FOR ME EVEN THOUGH HE WAS SO FAR AWAY MY DAD AND HIM HAD A TRIP PLANNED TO GO TO THE KEYS HE LOVED MY DADS BIKE THE SCREAMIN EAGLE I MET MARLENE AT BETTY’S MEMORIAL IN PA THIS IS SO SAD I AM SO SORRY HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL OF US

  28. Joe Wagner

    I first met Doug Chilcoat as my Chemistry teacher at Sykesville H.S. in 1964. The memories are as vivid as if it was yesterday. I recall he gave me an “A” because I almost memorized the entire Periodic Chart. His comment was “not bad”. Two of the favorite and most popular teachers at Sykesville were Doug and Sharon Chilcoat.

    We coaxed him into playing football one rainy Saturday at Westminster H.S. in the rain with a few other teachers including Alan Potts. It was one of my favorite times in school. Teachers would never do that today.

    This past Saturday in Mount Airy, MD we celebrated our 45th Sykesville H.S. Reunion and “Mr. Chilcoat” was and will be in our thoughts and and prayers.

  29. Don Sawyer

    Doug was a good friend and coleague and a long time member of the fly fishing veterinarians group. He was planning to go with us on a trip out of King Salmon starting this Saturday. There are few veterinarians that I respected more for his caring and treatment of animals and his knowledge as a veterinary clinician was outstanding. On the many programs he attended, he enjoyed the friendship and discussions of diseases more than anyone I know. He also enjoyed the fishing. Doug will be sorely missed by his many colleagues and to Marlene, we are greatly saddened for your loss.

  30. brian whitt

    Dr. Chilcoat was the best vet ever…. My dog had Addisons, and he along with Dr. Rudderman gave me an extra 5 years with my best friend ever —Sampson.
    Words can not express how this news made me feel….
    I can only hope he is now taking care of all our loved pets in heaven…”Hey Doc” please give my Sampson a hug, not a day goes by that I don’t miss and think of him…

    You will be missed ….

    Brian P. Whitt

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