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Asa Bartlett Douglas, 58, passed away in the late evening of December 28th, 2020 at Integris Baptist Hospital (Portland Campus ICU) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma after a 30-day struggle on a ventilator fighting COVID-19.
Asa was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Jane Douglas & his father, Asa Cosson Douglas. He leaves behind his loving family; wife Catherine Douglas, stepdaughter Deidre Love Sullens, her husband Chris and their child, Adrian Gray Sullens; in addition to grandchildren London & Geneva Graham – all of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; brother Sheridan “Shea” Douglas of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; niece Kylie Siobhan Wall of Missouri; and many cousins both near and far.
Asa was born October 3rd, 1962 in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas with his parents and younger brother. Asa met his wife, Catherine, at a Christmas party thrown at Esperanza Farms in 1994; a chance meeting they would both note later as magical and an encounter of fate. They created a life together from there, and after 13+ years officially declared their union in the eyes of God at the Messiah Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City, on November 11th, 2008. (Catherine and Asa had just celebrated their anniversary in November; a dedicated 25+ year relationship with 12 years of marriage.)
Asa earned a degree in Commercial Art from Oklahoma State University in 1994, and he earned a Bachelor of Business in Energy Management from Oklahoma University in 2014 with hopes of furthering his career in oil and gas. This turned out to be an unfortunate year to graduate due to an extreme industry decline in Oklahoma. He worked many different types of jobs over the years, including: a commercial artist and salesman for Tartan Golf and Gear, a Service Specialist for Dell Computers and even Sales Manager at Mathis Brothers while attending school full time to get his 2nd degree. He and his wife founded and managed Eleven 11, LLC in the late 90’s, where he curated promotional products & apparel printing for local businesses and community groups. With a natural talent for aesthetics and art, he was always able to make positive lasting impressions with his clients through his original logo and marketing work. He later shifted focus from commercial art to land man work. He worked as a land man for several different employers, as well as freelancing under The Douglas Group, LLC. He was well known for efficiently navigating the different county court houses statewide and having a particularly refined attention to detail that often stood him apart from the competition.
Asa loved cooking, golf, baseball and playing the drums. He was headstrong, intelligent, boisterous, passionate, resourceful and attentive. Asa was a jack-of-all trades, stranger to none, and just didn’t often bother with filters. (You never had to guess what he was thinking.) He was also a wonderful chef! Family gatherings were always a treat with Asa manning the meat. Among his favorite movies were “Top Gun” and “Caddy Shack”. He cared deeply for his grandchildren by marriage and was lovingly referred to as “Papa Ace” by his youngest granddaughter Adrian, who was always showcased in a frame on his desk. He would attend her different school activities, take her to the Ice Capades, State Fair, movies and cook her favorite spaghetti dish whenever possible. He and his wife had a passion for helping lost animals; saving them from the street or pound and helping to find them new forever homes. He was also immensely proud of (and found much joy in caring for) his 2 Bichon pups, Wallace and Connor. These fur babies miss him dearly.
There are no plans for a “formal” funeral at this time. (Asa would NOT want anyone to take the risk of traveling or gathering on his account during this pandemic.) We tentatively plan, at some point this summer, to place his ashes in the plot at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens of Oklahoma City, which he and his wife selected together many years ago as their final resting place. If a graveside gathering is allowed, safe and possible – we will announce more info at that time.
Memorial donations can be made in Asa’s memory to the Free to Live Animal Sanctuary at www.freetoliveok.org/givetoday – the largest no-kill animal shelter in Oklahoma.