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Douglas Hill Dugan

Posted By Carrie Franklin On July 23, 2016 @ 6:15 pm In Obituaries | 14 Comments

January 9, 1958 – July 18, 2016
Our own Doug Dugan left us to play in the Big Leagues, with our Lord in heaven, on Monday, July 18th, at age 58. Doug was originally born in Canada to full-blooded Irish parents, Margaret and David Dugan, as their first-born son. As a baby, he moved with his family to the United States and they settled in Virginia. As a young boy, Doug quickly excelled in many things, but especially the game of soccer. His father David, a veteran player who played for the British Embassy, introduced him to his soon-to-be passion. Doug even adopted his father’s jersey number, number 10. Unlike any other number in soccer, the number 10 carries the most prestige, as it has been worn by famous players like Pele (Brazil) and Lionel Messi (Argentina).

Throughout his youth, Doug played the position of midfield with local soccer club teams in Virginia and then moved up to the United States All Star Soccer Team. In 1976 he and his team, Annandale Boys Club Cavalier, won the McGuire Cup, the highest youth soccer championship awarded to United States youth players. In 1978, he graduated from Lake Braddock High School and attended Washington D.C.’s American University on a full soccer scholarship. Doug won Most Valuable Player in 1978-1979 and 1979-1980 on AU’s team, the Eagles. In 1979, his team won the East Coast NCAA Conference Championship

His passion for soccer shifted when he spotted a pretty and outgoing coed, Deborah Sedillo, on the quad. As soon as he saw her from his dorm window, he knew “she was the One” and even though he was incredibly shy, he managed to gather the confidence to invite her to his soccer game. They began dating as students at AU. Prior to graduation, he was drafted to play for Pittsburgh Spirit, a professional indoor soccer team, but chose to finish his collegiate career. In 1981, Doug and Deborah both graduated from American University.

After college, Doug played for the Washington Diplomats, a renowned national professional soccer team. He also coached soccer for St. Anselm’s Abbey School, an all-boys preparatory school in Washington D.C. In addition, he worked as a club team referee and later played on a number of amateur leagues. Doug and Deborah were married in 1985 by Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez, uniting the Irish and Spanish to create the Sedillo Dugan family.

Doug rose to stardom in his professional career as well. He worked for Bell Atlantic as a sales rep, garnering multiple top salesman awards. In 1986, while he excelled in his job and had been an athlete his entire life, he was diagnosed with Systematic Lupus Erythematosus. Regardless of the challenges of his chronic condition, he worked for the next 15 years as a leading salesman for Hilti Construction, while also raising his two beautiful daughters, Christina and Lauren, with Deborah. As his lupus progressed, he found working full time and managing his chronic illness too challenging and left his professional life.

As he chose to do anything, Doug then threw himself into being the best stay-at-home father and husband, any wife/daughter could ever ask for. He coached his daughters’ club soccer teams in Phoenix and never missed a game. His daughters both graduated from Xavier College Prep in Phoenix. During this same time, Deborah advanced in her television and communications professional career, moving the family to Albuquerque briefly and then Phoenix in 1999, where they stayed and grew roots.

Doug tried to live healthily with his lupus despite many challenges and complications which tested his family and their love. Even so, with the love and support of family and friends, Doug, Debbie and their girls always came out the other side, stronger than ever. In fact, ever the quick wit, Doug oftentimes spoke about lupus, mimicking hypochondriac George Costanza (Seinfeld) who whenever he got sick, immediately thought “Is it lupus? Is it lupus?!” As a former athlete, Doug fought for his health and would not let the limitations his lupus imposed, interfere with his need to be physically active and to be the best husband and father he could be. When he couldn’t play contact sports anymore, he took up golfing and he and Deborah enjoyed playing together all around Arizona.

Doug died mountain biking in Phoenix, doing something he loved, with the “wind at his back and the sun shining on his face,” a nearby soccer field within his sights.
Our Doug/Daddy is remembered for his stubbornness, keen wit, and positive spirit.

He is survived by his parents, David and Margaret Dugan (Belfast, Northern Ireland); his sister Allison Millar (Dennis); his brother David (Kathy); his devoted wife of 30 years, Deborah Sedillo Dugan; and daughters Christina and Lauren. Christina, a broadcast journalism graduate of Arizona State University, works as a reporter for People magazine. Lauren works full time and attends school for nutrition and health. Survivors also include his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pablo and Dorothy Sedillo (Santa Fe, NM).

Son, Husband, Father, Brother, Teammate, Irishman, Son-in-law, Mentor, Brother-in-law, Friend, Uncle, Coach, Neighbor, Champion: “That man” Doug Dugan lived his life as a true #10, just like the number on his soccer jersey.

A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday July 26th at 10:30 am at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 32648 N. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331.

In lieu of flowers, the Dugan family will be establishing a Doug Dugan Memorial Soccer Scholarship Fund at his alma mater American University. Please stay posted for more information about donating to help worthy high school soccer players with their tuition so that they can follow in Doug’s footsteps, playing for American University’s Eagles.

As Doug believed, “Football (soccer) is a matter of life or death, except more important.” ~ William “Bill” Shankley, Scottish soccer player, Liverpool England soccer coach

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Condolence from Suzi Pierce on July 24th, 2016 4:44 am

My love and prayers goes out to you all!

Your cousin Suzi

Condolence from Alex Juarez on July 24th, 2016 7:20 am

Deb and girls, we send our deepest condolences in this difficult time. Doug was a fighter, a great husband, great father and great friend. We were all lucky to have had him in our lives. I will be traveling to DC on Monday and will not be in town to make the services. Please accept my apology.

Un abrazo muy fuerte.
Alex and Nancy Juarez

Condolence from Anne Anderson on July 24th, 2016 10:50 am

Dear Debbie, Christina and Lauren—
Our sadness is nothing compared with yours but we mourn for your loss nevertheless. Doug’s presence as a teenager was always bound to ensure a rolicking good time. He was a loyal, funloving companion. We have a memory of him from years ago when his quiet humor settled a complicated situation—-and he never raised his voice. We will all miss our dear Doug.
Anne and Andy Anderson

Condolence from Dave Deibler on July 24th, 2016 12:06 pm

What a fantastic tribute to a great man! As promised, you will see him again in paradise!

Condolence from Chris Martin on July 24th, 2016 3:57 pm

Doug was a teammate I admired for his talent but most of all being able to just sit down and have a minute. God blessed him and his family. RIP Doug. Chris Martin

Condolence from Nicole Greason on July 25th, 2016 9:33 am

Dear Deborah and family,
Words are not adequate to express how sorry I am to hear about Doug. It takes a very special man to be a caring and supportive husband and father, especially in the face of his own difficulties. Doug was such a man. My heartfelt condolences to the Sedillo Dugan family.
Love and prayers for strength and peace,
Nicole Greason

Condolence from Sean and Karen Murphy on July 25th, 2016 10:20 am

Sean and I send hugs and comfort to you and your family.
Sean and Karen (Clarke) Murphy

Condolence from Mark Fiedelholtz on July 25th, 2016 5:05 pm

On behalf of the Fiedelholtz family, we would like to send our deepest condolences to the Dugan family
for the loss of a kind-hearted and good human being Doug Dugan. Our thoughts and prayers are with
you at this time of sorrow.

Mark, Julie, Jordan, Jonah, and Jonathan

Condolence from Terri Terry on July 25th, 2016 8:13 pm

Debbie, what a touching tribute to your beautiful Doug. I can see your love and pride in him in every word. I am sad I never got to meet him. I think of you and the girls daily and am so sorry that the 3 of you have to say goodbye to him too soon. I hope the love everyone had for Doug provides you with strength and comfort at this difficult time. Sending you my love too.

Condolence from Laurence Dugan on July 26th, 2016 9:46 am

Deborah, Christina and Lauren
We send our deepest regrets and condolences from the Irish side of the Atlantic. You are in our thoughts and prayers not only today but in the time to come. I am sorry we cant make it across for the service but hope to get across next year. Love to you all! Laurence and Kitty Dugan

Condolence from ErLinda Torres on July 26th, 2016 11:18 am

On this Day…our Family sends you Love and our Heartfelt sympathy..Debbie, Christina & Lauren; and we Celebrate Doug’s Life with you:
I know that “words” may not be enough, yet I believe, God begins Healing the painful loss in your lives and hearts. The remembrance of Doug’s Love and good memories of an incredible Husband and Father has begun. May God Bless and Protect you and the entire family…Doug was so Proud of all of You! We Love You and know that Doug is with you “in Spirit” everyday~

Muchas Bendiciones y Un Abrazo Fuerte..

Condolence from Wendy Weiner Kaufman on July 27th, 2016 6:06 pm

Dear Debbie, Lauren, and Christina,
Please accept our deepest condolences. You know we are family, and we are going to miss Doug so much. I feel fortunate to have known him “way back when” at AU. He and his friends were some wild and crazy guys – really fun and happy all the time! That is how I remember him, along with being Debbie’s sweetheart and Lauren and Christina’s loving father. How lucky we all are to have had him in our lives. The tribute is wonderful.

Love, Wendy, Steve, Lisa, and Laura

Condolence from david on July 29th, 2016 6:44 pm


Condolence from Luis Calderon on September 18th, 2016 3:10 pm

Dear Debbie – It’s Luis Calderon, Doug’s teammate from AU. I just found out about Doug’s death last week. There are no words to express my sadness at hearing this news. I have so many good memories with Doug and our AU team. I can’t believe that seeing him two years ago at our reunion was me seeing him for the last time. I feel blessed to have known him and will always remember him. I will keep you, your daughters and Doug’s parents in my prayers. May you all find much strength during this difficult time.

I remember one time when Doug and I were playing against George Washington University, he scored a beautiful goal in the top right corner – he grabbed the ball literally in the air, from a cross. I told him that was a world cup class goal. It was an honor to have him as a teammate and to play the game that we both loved so much. Few have accomplished in this sport what he was able to do.

Doug – May you rest in peace. Until we meet again at the soccer fields in heaven, my friend. Luis

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