Harold Douglas Florence, Jr. of San Antonio passed away on Aug. 19, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19 virus. Doug, as he was known, was born Nov. 26, 1942 in Amarillo to Ruth Pearl Stoker and husband H.D. Florence, Sr.
Doug grew up in Kingsville and resided there until he graduated from high school.
He then proudly enrolled at Texas A&M College Station, where he graduated in l964 with a degree in Animal Husbandry. While at Texas A&M College Station, Doug was a member of the Corps of Cadets, Company C-1.
He was also a member of the Ross Volunteers, the official Honor Guard of the Governor of Texas, and on the First Brigade staff. Doug also served on the Cadet Court and was a member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club.
After graduating, Doug was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Reserve and served two years active duty. During this time, he served a tour in Vietnam. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to Texas A&M College Station to earn his Master’s Degree in Animal Science.
In Doug’s early career, he became Vice President/General Mgr. of Stratford of Texas, Inc. a publicly traded company involved in several integrated agricultural operations located in the Panhandle of Texas.
The cattle feed yard operation grew from one to four with annual feeding capacity of nearly 500,000 head. During that time, Doug was appointed to Beef Cattle Advisory Board by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Cattle Feeders Assn. He continued his career for many years by forming Los Ninos Cattle Co./FSW Cattle Co.
Doug was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Ruth; and his brother, Ron Florence. Doug and Ronnie served in Vietnam at the same time and were able to meet in Saigon for Aggies Annual Muster in l966. A well-known photo of the two together thumbing their “gig’em” signs with big smiles was shot by AP Wirephoto and appeared in newspapers all over.
Doug is survived by his loving wife, Valda; and from a previous marriage to Susan Taylor, his two children Cary (Kent) Smith of Dallas; son, Douglas III (Meg) of Dallas; stepchildren Jessica (Joe) Bakke of San Antonio, Lexie (Scott) McArtor of Dallas and Jeb Cox of Houston. Doug and Valda have 11 grandchildren, Weller and Paxton Smith of Dallas; Graham and Joe Mack Florence of Dallas; Trusten, Alex, Ava McArtor of Dallas; Hannah and Brooke Bakke of San Antonio; Ari and Eva Cox of Houston. Doug, known as “Pow Pow” to his grandchildren, will be forever loved and his legacy of patriotism will stay a wonderful gift to his grandchildren. We will miss him greatly.
Doug’s family truly thanks the doctors and nurses who attended him at NE Baptist with compassionate care and professionalism.
Also, thank you to Chaplain Daniel and Chaplain Margaret who arranged for the family to have a Zoom visit with Doug through a robot that was sent into his room.
Due to COVID19, restrictions for the safety of all, the services will be private for his family at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors. His family looks forward to a gathering of friends and relatives to celebrate Doug’s life at a safer time in the future.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 1235 South Clark St., Ste. 910, Arlington, VA 22202 (vvmf.org) in Doug’s memory is much appreciated.
Arrangements withPorter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, Tx 78212 (210) 227-8221.