Douglas “Muggy” Owen Merlau, 73, passed away after a short battle with Pancreatic cancer on Thursday, December 27, 2018, in the comfort of his home. Doug was born on July 26, 1945, to Raymond E. and Beatrice E.M. (Major) Merlau in Lewistown, MT. Doug’s sister, Jeannette (Richard) Bachman currently lives in Post Falls, ID and his brother, Alan (Carol) Merlau currently lives in Helena, M T. Doug attended and graduated from Fergus County high school, Lewistown, MT and later moved to Billings, MT where he met and married Kay (Munson) Berklund, and later divorced. They have a son, Jefferey Allen Merlau, together. Doug worked at Montana Power Company for over 40 years where he created many lasting friendships with his co-workers. You could always expect a family potluck barbecue and playing volleyball every summer with the gang from Montana Power. Everyone loved the summer barbecues at Dougie’s house! Doug had many hobbies. He loved photography, snowmobiling in the Snowy Mountains, hunting, fishing with his dad, camping at Canyon Ferry, gardening, playing cards, watching sports on TV, golfing, raising cows every spring, and trying his hand at canning and baking. His most favorite, however, was spending summer vacations with family and friends on the water at Flathead Lake or at his cabin in the Snowy Mountains.
Doug is preceded in death by his father, Raymond E. Merlau; mother, Beatrice E.M. (Major) Merlau; brother-in-law, Richard Bachman; and sister-in-law, Nancy Merlau. Doug had a heart of gold and was a wonderful father, grandfather, significant-other, brother, friend and second father figure. He is survived by his brother Alan (Carol) Merlau, sister Jeannette (Richard) Bachman and Doug’s two nieces Sandra and Judy; son, Jefferey Merlau, his daughter, Amy (Shawn) Moore and her daughters, Amanda and Courtney, his long time partner, Della Eskro and her children, Chad Eskro, Christie Eskro and granddaughter Erica; extended family and many lifelong friends. A special thank you to Billings Clinic Cancer Center, Dr. Fabregas and his team for their care and hard work. Doug did not want a funeral with everyone sad and fussing over him. Therefore, the immediate family have chosen to have a celebration of life gathering on the weekend of July 26, 2019 at his favorite place in the Snowy Mountains. Doug will be forever loved and greatly missed.