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Doug Clower, 79, passed away at his home, Clower Farm in Bleiblerville, Texas on Oct. 3, 2010.

He was born Nov. 30, 1930 in Belzoni, Miss.

He earned two engineering degrees from Lamar University in Beaumont and a master degree from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterrey, Calif.

Doug spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy, mostly fighter aircraft (F8 Crusaders and F4 Phantoms) and made about 900 carrier landings, of which 200 were at night.

He was shot down on Nov. 19, 1967 near Haiphong, North Vietnam and spent five and one half years as a prisoner of war.

He was senior ranking officer for five of those years.

He was released on March 17, 1973, and has received 34 medals, some of which were two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, five Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. 

Doug retired at the rank of Commander and then spent 27 years in the oil and gas engineering and construction business. He and his wife, Maurine, resided at Clower Farm in Bleiblerville. 

He is survived by his wife, Maurine Clower, son, Joseph Clower, grandsons, Michael Douglas Dyer and wife, Sarah, Joseph Ellis Dyer,   great granddaughters, Caroline Maurine Dyer, Allyson Marie Dyer, Shelby Elizabeth Dyer, Ellisa Marie Dyer, Madison Brook Dyer, sister, Martha Bea Fulshaw, sister-in-law, Dr. Debra Garcia and husband, Jesus Garcia, five nieces, ten nephews and numerous cousins. 

Doug is preceded in death by daughter, Virginia Clower Dyer, parents, Joe Thomas Clower and Virginia Bates Clower Robbins.

Services under the direction of Knesek Bros Funeral Chapel, 842 E. Main, Bellville, Texas 77418.

For additional background and full service information visit our website at to sign the guest book or for sympathy cards.

Posted by Joy Neely


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