Douglas Eugene Tullar, born August 30, 1929, in Yorkshire, New York, died peacefully on March 28, 2022, in Amarillo, Texas. He was living at The Ware, where he resided with his wife of 70 years, Janet Louise John Tullar. She preceded him in death. He grew up in Arcade, NY, the first son of Clifford Douglas Tullar and Clara Mattie Tilton Tullar.
Douglas was active in Future Farmers of America. He was an athlete, excelling in track, basketball, and baseball. He played basketball at Roberts Wesleyan College. That was where he first spotted Janet, his true love. Douglas transferred to Seattle Pacific College. Janet had transferred there a couple months prior. Douglas and Janet married on New Year’s Eve of 1949, “for the tax savings and cheaper living expenses.” Douglas graduated in May 1950 with a B.S. in Zoology. His first teaching job was science at Arcade Central School, his alma mater. He also taught at Newport High School and the Off-Campus Alternative School in Bellevue, WA. To quote one of his students from that time, “From Doug (Biology) I learned about our precious natural environment. I will never forget the week he took a group of students to San Juan Island to study eagles…They were a great group of people dedicated to helping kids who didn’t fit in the system. They helped us attain at least one piece of paper that would help us better our lives. But most of all they gave use real education about the realities of our world.” Retirement brought with it teaching opportunities in Texas, Arizona, and just over the Mexican border for math and science tutoring.
Douglas was preceded in death by his parents Clifford Tullar, his mother, Clara Tilton Tullar, his brother, Dudley Tullar, and his beloved Janet John Tullar.
He is survived by his brother, David Tullar, of Wilmore, KY; and daughters, Linda Tullar Vesey (Lawrence) of Chesapeake, VA, and Brenda Tullar Wilkins of Amarillo, TX. He also leaves 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Snack Pack 4 Kids, Amarillo, or Seattle Pacific University- Student Scholarship.