Doug was known in the family as a rather wild, drug user, and womanizer. He used himself up rather earlier than normal. He became morbidly obese and developed diabetes in his middle years. He lost 2 toes to diabetes and had serious heart trouble also. He has a 5 bypass open chest surgery. Later needed 2 stents installed and one final procedure of a pacemaker. The heart trouble resulted in his death at the Antiques Roadshow in June 2010 at Billings, Montana. Doug married once which lasted a short time.
His early school years were spent at Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania.