Douglas William Frago, 77, of Louisa, Virginia passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
Doug had a rich life filled with many personal and career adventures. He was born in Turlock, CA on October 29, 1940 and grew up in Livingston, CA. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA with a degree in Agronomy and spent two years in Guatemala as a Peace Corps Volunteer before returning to Cal Poly as an instructor of Crop Science. Doug and Donna were married for 51 years and shared many incredible experiences. After farming sweet potatoes and almonds in Livingston, CA for 18 years Doug and Donna returned to Guatemala with their four children where Doug was Country Director for Peace Corps. After Guatemala the Frago family moved to Washington D. C. where Doug served as Peace Corps Director of International Operations. From there Doug held several positions with Peace Corps as Country Director in Uzbekistan and Moscow, after which he moved to the Department of Agriculture in the Farm Services Agency. In 2005 Doug and Donna retired to the beautiful community of Blue Ridge Shores in Louisa, VA where Doug spent his retirement happily gardening and making things grow, and was able to pursue his love of traveling the world, where flying was as important as the destination.
Doug was the beloved son of the late Bill and Emily Frago who lived in Atwater, CA.
Doug is survived by his loving wife, Donna Frago; his four beloved children and their families, Amy Herstedt and her husband, Darren, Jennifer Beck and her husband, Kevin, Jim Frago and his wife, Kristen, and John Frago and his wife, Denise; he was proud of his five grandchildren, Jacob and Joe Herstedt, Patrick and Matthew Frago, and Aaliyah Whalen; his sister, JoAnn Mires of Atwater, CA.
He will be remembered by his many friends across the country; some old, some new – all loved and treasured.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 28 at Woodward Funeral Home, 200 Fredericksburg Ave. Louisa, Va. 23093
A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Shores Community Center, 924 South Lake Shore Drive, Louisa, Va. 23093.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation be made to Louisa Volunteer Fire Department or Trevilians Volunteer Fire Department.
Our sincere appreciation to the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center and University of Virginia Hospital staff.
Celebration of Life
Woodward Funeral Home
Sunday October 28th, 2018
200 Fredericksburg Avenue
Louisa, VA 23093
Special Instructions: A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at Blue Ridge Shores Community Center, 924 South Lake Shore Drive, Louisa, Va. 23093Text me the address
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Between 1963 and 1965 Don Johnson and I served With Doug as Peace Corps Volunteers in Rabinal, Guatemala. Doug and Don came from farming backgrounds while I was the city boy, a year out of the military. They taught me everything I know about farming, particularly working with pigs and chickens, which actually was quite a substantial education. After the Peace Corps, I accepted a contract with the University of Oklahoma to train PC volunteer trainees headed to Latin America in tropical agricultural subjects. Doug was a great person and highly effective as a PCV. He was particularly good with kids, and made everybody laugh and feel good. When he left Guatemala he took a local teenage boy who I believe had some medical problems with him to the states. I believe he later adopted him, although I am not sure about this. I'll never forget the good times we had together. My heartfelt condolences to Donna and their family. Gary O'Neal
Submitted by Gary S. O'Neal on Nov 26 2018 11:28:42 PM
DOUG - YOU LIVED A GREAT, PRODUCTIVE LIFE, AND WERE WELL LOVED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS, INCLUDING ME. YOU AND DONNA SALVAGED A HOUSE AND MADE IT INTO WHAT I CONSIDER THE NICEST HOUSE IN OUR COMMUNITY. I FONDLY RECALL GATHERINGS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE CASA FRAGO - MOST ENJOYABLE. I WAS ALWAYS THANKFUL FOR THE MANY TIMES DOUG WOULD VISIT ME. HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. WITH ENDURING LOVE, AS DOUG RESTS IN PEACE. / FRED GRUBER
Submitted by FRED GRUBER on Oct 28 2018 01:32:35 PM
Sending love and blessings to Donna, your wonderful children and grandchildren. We are so blessed to have know Doug during his time in Livingston when I was growing up. A gentle soul who's smile and gentle spirit will always be remembered.
With gratitude our paths crossed in this lifetime, looking forward to our next meeting up above. Karen Loving-Tiggs
Submitted by Karen J. Loving-Tiggs on Oct 22 2018 05:33:06 PM
I'm sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the true God be with you now and in the days ahead as you cope at this most difficult time. Please accept my sincere condolences. Psalm 34:18
Submitted by C. Prince on Oct 22 2018 06:45:03 AM
Doug was always a happy person I knew him from living and working at Blue Ridge Shores he always had a smile on his face I will surely miss him my condolences to the family. DeeDee Conley
Submitted by DeeDee Conley on Oct 19 2018 11:50:52 AM
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