Saturday, July 6, 2013
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Douglas B. Wright died peacefully at home on Monday, July 1, 2013. He was born Feb. 22, 1953, in Washington, D.C., the much-beloved son of retired U.S.A. Col. and Mrs. Richard B. Wright, now of Medford, Ore.

In addition to his parents, Doug is survived by his wife, Luz M. Armendariz, son Thompson B. Wright of Charleston, S.C., and brother Jonathan Wright of Eugene, Ore. He was preceded in death by his sister Nancy Hall Wright Bowyer.

His early years in Wheaton, Md., were followed in 1957 by three years in Munich, where he attended a German kindergarten, often tied to the Sister's apron ("that Douglas just talks too much"). He picked up enough German to assist his father on local shopping trips, and traveled by military train to Berlin to see Russian occupiers. The family enjoyed camping in Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Denmark and Sweden. This was followed by two years in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, living in a beachside house next to Kaneohe Marine Air Base, while his father was posted to the staff at CINCPAC.

Upon returning to the continental United States, he attended Virginia schools, graduating from Langley High School. He was educated in modern philosophy at the American University, Bard College and Temple University.

Married to Virginia Thompson in 1985, their son Thompson was born in 1990. They moved to Key West, where they were active in promoting the local symphony in the late '90s. Divorced, and firmly settled in Key West, he met Luz Armendariz, swept her off her feet and they became one for almost eight years, along with their dogs Red and Snoop.

Throughout his professional career of 35 years, Doug held various management positions in the food & beverage and hospitality industry, including The Stouffer Corporation and Durbin Companies Inc., (now Crestline Hotels and Resorts Inc.). In 2001, he joined Spottswood Companies Inc. In his latest position as senior vice president of Hotel Operations, Doug was intensely loyal and dedicated to both company and the 400-plus associates. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and several professional organizations, including the Tourist Development Council, the Lodging Association and the Key West Symphony.

Doug was a great friend, loving son, wonderful father, devoted husband, true gentleman, and a very talented, hardworking executive and leader. He was generous, dedicated, loyal and brilliant and inspired many associates' career throughout his life. The world lost a great man, who contributed in remarkable ways to making our community a better place. He was passionate about aviation history, culinary arts, fine wines, sports and reading.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys.