Doug Jochim


Doug Jochim


Doug Jochim
Doug Jochim

Doug Jochim of Billings, age 57, passed away Wednesday morning, June 27, 2012, of complications stemming from treatment for prostate cancer.

Doug was a very special person. He was loyal to his family, friends and coworkers, and always willing to give his time and considerable talent to help other people. Even after his death, he continued to help others through donation of his corneas so that someone else could see. Ever creative and artistic, he was as adept at throwing pottery and sketching as he was remodeling buildings. As an artisan, contractor and master craftsman, he put his mark on every project he worked on. One of Doug’s keystone accomplishments was the renovation of St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral in Billings, where the results of his artistry are prominently visible in many areas throughout the cathedral.

Doug’s departure has left a gaping hole in the lives of everyone who knew and loved him, and we will all sorely miss him.

Doug was preceded in death by his father, Otto. He is survived by his mother, Myrtle Jochim of Billings; his sisters, Linda (Terry) Madtson of Billings and Margaret (John) Simic of Roundup; brothers Dave (Mary) Jochim of Bellevue, Wash., and Steven (Ginger) Jochim of Draper, Utah; and special longtime friend Jayne Duenow of Billings. Doug is also survived by many nieces and nephews in Billings; San Diego; Draper, Utah; Seattle and Phoenix.

The family would like to thank Doug’s many friends and coworkers who helped and supported him during his illness, with special thanks to Jayne Duenow, who was his companion throughout. Also, in keeping with Doug’s interest in helping other people, the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Billings Food Bank, St. Vincent DePaul or a charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 2, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave.


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  1. To Doug’s Family and Friends,

    I’m trully saddened to learn of Doug’s recent death. Even though it’s been many years since I had seen or spoken to Doug, I always remember him as a very kind person with a gentle spirit. I actually had the pleasure of attending grade school with Doug at St. Pius X, so we went back a long ways. And I always remember Doug’s great disposition, his sense of humor and that big smile on his face. It was always fun to be in Doug’s presence. I offer you my sincerest condolences and wish all of you comfort at this difficult time.

  2. When I bought a house at 752 Yellowstone in 1979, Doug became my first tenant and lived in the small house in back which had been (I believe) a two car garage. Doug was a one of a kind person. He was a quiet person, but always was willing to lend a helping hand and was such a compassionate person. He had the best grin when telling a story.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Doug’s entire family and his special friend Jayne. May he rest in peace. He made everyone around him have a better life.

  3. I went to high school with Doug as a casual friend and lost touch with him many years ago as classmates often do. I was relatively new to Billings at that time and Doug was always ready to visit with a warm smile and welcoming laugh. I have fond memories of his quiet, intelligent and jovial sense of humor and positive, easygoing disposition on life in general. I always enjoyed visiting with him and laughing about what the future might be for us so many years ago. Even though I lost touch with him, his warm friendship so many years ago is something I still fondly recall. The world would be a much better place with much less conflict if we had more people like Doug. I am sorry for Doug’s passing and wanted your family to know how much I appreciated his friendship so many years ago.

  4. I am sad to here about Doug passing I grew up with his younger brother as friends and spent many a day with Doug and Steve had many a laugh. He was one of the true good guys we all went are ways as we got older but I am sad to here Doug is no longer with us. I wish the family the best I know he was a big part of things. My family thoughts are with you. Keith Dunn

  5. Marian Meyer Laughlin, Gary Meyer and Wayne Meyer

    We are so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. We remember a gleeful neighbor, full of good humor and fun.

    Our thoughts are with you and we send our most sincere sympathy.

  6. Anne Feltman Holthaus

    I am leaving this rememberance very late but wanted to pass along my condolences to Doug’s family and friends. My memories are similar to many here that Doug was a kind, generous, and thoughtful soul. His creativity was grounded in his awesome appreciation of the natural beauty of Montana and even the materials he used to create; wood, color, texture & design of clay. I learned a lot about art and appreciation of art, artists, and the natural world from him. I will make a point to visit St. Patrick’s if I get back to Billings as I know that would have been another labor of love for him. He did have a great grin crinkling those deep blue eyes. Some of my favorite memories of him are of him signing along with Bob Dylan, the Traveling Wilbury’s, cooking soup, and camping in the Sheepherder wagon. Best wishes to all official and non-official Jochims, Our love lives on in our memories.

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