Douglas Federighi

Obituary of Douglas Federighi

Douglas Federighi, 76, a 41-year resident of Lafayette, died at home April 25 surrounded by immediate family.   He leaves his beloved wife of 54 years, Carol; sons Craig and Brent; five wonderful granddaughters; and brother Michael.

Doug was born in Oakland but grew up in Orinda, graduating with the first class of Miramonte in 1959.  He attended Stanford University, where he met his wife, graduating in 1963 with a major in political science and minor in business.  He was a real estate developer and investor by profession; an avid bass fisherman and duck hunter; and a strong advocate for wetlands preservation and restoration for most of his adult life.  He was active in the rescue of Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge and served on the Grasslands Water District Board from 1998 to his death. He was a life member of the California Waterfowl Association and an active member and supporter of Ducks Unlimited, serving on the latter’s Conservation Programs Committee and Canadian and National Boards for many years, and more recently, also on the board of DU Mexico.

He was also a beautiful water skier and fearless snow skier, enjoying decades of house boating on Lake Shasta with extended family and winter ski trips with family and good friends.  He and Carol also experienced many unforgettable travels with close friends.

Throughout his life, through both business and pleasure, Doug developed many strong friendships with people he treasured.

His was a life well lived.  A loving husband, proud father and grandfather, and loyal friend, Doug was known for his intelligence, advocacy, loyalty, keen sense of humor, and wise counsel.  

A private memorial service is planned for May 6.  


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