Charles “Doug” Starrett stepped into heaven on Saturday, January 23, 2021. His continued presence is felt by his wife of 56 years, Claudette “Claudie” Starrett, his brother, Danny, his children, Brad, Denise, Carrie, Bryan, Johanna, his grandchildren, Mallari, Adam, Parker and Travis, and the countless people whose paths crossed with his during his 77 years. For Doug, friends were family! Doug was authentic, insightful, wise and witty. He was generous and kind hearted. He was on a quest to tickle and lighten the heart of others with his BIG laugh. Doug rooted for everyone. He pulled the hardest for the underdog including the Cleveland Browns located in the area of his childhood, East Lake, Ohio.
A career opportunity in the coal shipping industry brought Doug and his family from Conneaut, Ohio to Yorktown, Virginia in 1982. With a lifelong passion for all things racing, Doug transitioned from spectator to owner/mechanic and chief cheerleader for Starrett Racing in the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC). Doug enjoyed the travel and problem solving that came with racing, but ultimately, it was the people that fueled him; the shared passion, fellowship and camaraderie.
Doug was an ordinary man celebrating family and the gift of life. He acknowledged his calling in the community of St. Kateri Tekawitha Catholic Church. Doug’s ministries included being a 3rd grade catechist, a Confirmation Sponsor, and an usher. Doug grew even closer to God by participating in the That Man is You program. Although his body and mind were growing tired, he channeled his energy into this group where he listened, shared and inspired.
May our beloved brother/husband/father/grandfather/friend’s memory be eternal!
A Remembrance Service & Celebration of Doug’s Life will be held Thursday, February 4 at 7:00 pm. It will be streamed on the St. Kateri Mass YouTube Channel. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7kIs9tSy_TsGJaGMRocTRg)
In lieu of flowers, to support the community where Doug made his greatest impact, donations may be made to the St. Kateri Tekawitha Building Refurbishment Fund.
Arrangements and heartfelt guidance provide by Claytor Rollins Funeral Home.