Douglas F. Henderson |

Douglas F. Henderson

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Douglas F. Henderson, loving husband, father and grandfather, was an executive in the petroleum industry and an avid outdoorsman and wildlife conservationist.

Born on June 27, 1949, in Denver, CO., he passed unexpectedly on Jan. 3, 2010 near his home in La Quinta, CA. Mr. Henderson was a pioneer of contemporary energy industry policy, initiating his career at a young age as an advisor to former Colorado Governor John Love. His expertise in government and advocacy led to private sector roles nationwide with the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association, American Petroleum Institute, Phillips Petroleum Corporation, and the Western States Petroleum Association, where he served as Executive Director from 1988 to 2002. His leadership in promoting sound energy policy was mirrored by a passion for environmental stewardship, wildlife conservation and philanthropy.

He proudly served on the Board of Directors to Trout Unlimited, Long Live the Kings, the Los Angeles Boys and Girls club, The R. M. Pyles Boys Camp, and the prestigious Petroleum Industry 25-Year Club.

His circle of friends, warmth and smile was said to be bigger than a Rocky Mountain sunrise. His zest for life and adoration for his wonderful wife and best friend of 39 years, Lorayne, was rivaled only by the happiness brought to him when bouncing his two young granddaughters, Sadie and Lyla, on his knee.

He was a tremendous father, inspiration and role model for his sons, Roger and Mike, in whom he successfully instilled the value of hard work and independence, and most important, the rewards drawn from family, friendship and laughter. Douglas F. Henderson attended Glenwood Springs High School and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He met and married the love of his life, Lorayne, daughter of Leo and Theresa Paoletti, in Elko, NV. in 1971. He is survived by his wife, Lorayne Henderson of La Quinta; a brother, Thomas of Gypsum, CO; and sister, Margaret of Hayden Lake, ID; his son Roger of San Diego, CA, and his son Mike and Daughter-in-law, Susanne of Costa Mesa, CA. A Celebration of his life and blessings will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, located at 47225 Washington Street, La Quinta, CA. 92253.

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