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Doug Brodie
1945 Manteca High graduate
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A 1945 graduate of Manteca High School and the author of two books, Douglas Walter Brodie, 83, died Saturday, February 13, in Stockton.

A native of Trail, British Columbia, Canada, born February 6, 1927, he was the son of the late Walter H. Brodie originally of Scotland and Queen A. Brodie, also a native of Canada.

Walter Brodie was a co-owner of a television business on West Yosemite Avenue and is remembered for his efforts in installing television antennas throughout town.  Doug’s mom, Queen Brodie, was the friendly face at the counter of the Manteca Bulletin where she co-authored the “P’s and Q’s” weekly column with owner Patricia Murphy.

Doug’s family immigrated to the U.S. in 1929 when he was only two years old, eventually settling in Manteca.  Upon graduation he joined the war effort for a year in the U.S. Navy.  He attended Stockton Junior College and later graduated from the College of the Pacific in 1950, earning a master of public administration degree from California State University Sacramento in 1975.

Brodie worked in the editorial department for the Stockton Record before joining the staff of Fairchild Hiller Aircraft in Hagerstown, Maryland.  He later returned to the West Coast where he became the City of Stockton’s information officer transitioning to assistant to the city manager and retiring as a senior administrator in the Stockton Police Department in 1988.

In his retirement he authored “A B-17 Gunner’s Hell in German Skies -Scratch One Rocket Fighter,” and coauthored a second book with his friend Jim Watson, “Big Bad Bodie, High Sierra Ghost Town.”

In addition to his writing,  his pastimes included handball and fishing as well as participating in the Weber Point Coffee Club and Murphy’s Ale and Quail group.

Survivors include his son Matthew Brodie (Elizabeth), daughter-in-law- Gail Brodie, step-son Brian Morris (Pam), step-daughter Linda Avansino (Brian), grandchildren Megan Wright (Jeremy), Lance Brodie, Miles Brodie, Kara Sutherland(Eric), Ian Brodie; step-grandchildren Melia Martin (Bret), and Andria Semmler (Bart); Robert Morris, Julie Morris, Tom Morris (Alma), Ryan Morris and Shane Morris; and three great-step-great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his wife LaVerne I Brodie, sister Syble  J. Brodie, son Scott Edward Brodie and step-son Michael Morris (Shainez).  His first wife Phyllis, from whom he was divorced, died in 2002.  
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010