Lee Douglas

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September 18, 1954 ~ February 4, 2012

Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Douglas Lee 'Lee Douglas' Cooley, 57, passed away Feb. 4, 2012. Lee was born to Leon and Shirley Cooley on Sept. 18, 1954, in Pueblo. His parents preceded him in death. Survived by numerous family members in Denver and Oklahoma and the family he chose, Jody Voss, daughter, Kristine Voss and granddaughter, Lacy Voss-Bennett. He is also survived by his extended family of close friends and colleagues. He was the Sports Director and Broadcaster for KOAA News 5/30 for 30 years, as well as a radio personality. Lee started his career at KFEL Radio. He also was a broadcaster at KRDO Channel 13 before his career with KOAA. He worked for the 'old' KDZA for many years. He served as the Colorado State Fair Director of Marketing for many years. In the 1980s, Lee worked as one of Pueblo's Assistant City Managers. He returned to radio and television and was named Sports Director at KOAA. He loved music and enjoyed doing his 'Sock Hop Saturday Night' show on KDZA with Kristine 'The Tiny Bopper.' During his career he was the radio voice for color-commentary of the Air Force Academy Falcon football team. He volunteered his recognizable, charismatic, golden toned voice for numerous functions, including serving as Master of Ceremonies at the Greater Pueblo Sports Hall of Fame and had the honor of being their 2005 inductee. He had numerous awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press. In addition, Lee served on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club/Girls Inc. of Pueblo County & Lower Arkansas Valley and was on the selection committee for the Colorado Hall of Fame. There was more to Lee than his public image. Above all, he was a true caring person with a tremendously huge heart! Viewing from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. There will be no viewing at the church. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Praise Assembly, 2000 Troy Ave., with the Rev. Dr. Brad Munroe officiating. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lee Douglas Memorial Fund through the funeral home. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. May you Rest In Peace. You are joining with Don Ward in heaven. Everyone missed you so much. It have been 8 years since you left the earth.

  2. Just thinking about Lee and how much he loved Jody and Kristine Voss. There is a special place in heaven for Angels like you, Lee! Happy Trails!!! You are missed!!!

  3. My sencere condolence to the family and all his great friends.He is now in Gods hands,and broadcasting sports for all the sports fans in heaven.He was taken from use so quickly and as we moran his death we must remeber all the great things he has do in his brief life, and how he made us happy in what he has done. And God, does have a plan for him in his second life and needs him now to start doing it.So be happy for him,as Iam for I loved his sports announcing and won’t forget him.Bless You Lee Douglas,we will see you again.REST I PEACE OUR FRIEND !!!!!!!!

  4. I was very shocked to learn of Lee’s passing. When I visit family in Pueblo, I would look forward to watching him on KOAA Channel 5. I knew I was home when I heard his dynamic voice. I had the privilage of being his student in the late 80’s at USC. He was by far one of my best teachers. R.I.P. Lee…you will be greatly missed!

  5. Doug was literally my first friend. He was almost exactly a year older than I, and our parents could not wait to introduce us. Our parents remained close their entire lives, and therefore Doug and I grew up close as well. I miss knowing that Doug is a connection to history. I wish his family and other friends well, and to revel in their memories of Doug.

  6. A truly great man. Growing up, I always looked up to Lee. He was my hero, and was the inspiration of why I wanted to be a sportscaster so badly. I would just think to myself, “I could be just like Lee Douglas”. But now that I think of it, I could never match his beautiful personality and enthusiasm. I will continue to pursue my career, and will dedicate it to the man I began watching so many years ago. We love you Lee. Mile High Salute.

  7. Pueblo has a big hole in it’s heart. Thanks for the memories, Doug. May God’s peace rest on the shoulders of those who loved you.

  8. Grew up watching Lee on tv then met him at P.C.C. during my college days. Lee had a great sense of humor. His smile could light up any room. That smile will be missed.

  9. Grew up watching Lee on tv then met him at P.C.C. during my college days. Lee had a great sense of humor. His smile could light up any room. That smile will be missed.

  10. I met Lee once, and saw him at different events over the years. He was always so outgoing and friendly. Our family will miss him on the Channel 5 News and different sports events. He was a nice man. Our sincere condolences to the family and his friends Joyce Conger and family

  11. Lee, may you walk with God and the angels in heaven. Our loss is their gain. Your voice has been silenced but not the love or memories. I bet God is loving your play by play calls. Rest in Peace! God Bless all of Lee’s family, friends and especially his co-workers at News 5. Sports will never be the same, but Jordan you are hanging in there my friend!!!

  12. Lee was a person that I always looked forward to seeing and visiting with. He had that special personality. I was fortunate to have Lee as a student at Centennial High School and also the many occasions that we came in contact with each other in regards to the Centennial Football Program. What a great and sad loss to the Pueblo Community and to all the other people he was able to come in contact with over the years.

    Coach Brockman

  13. Jody and Lee’s extended family and close friends,

    Sending our prayers and sympathy your way. We will keep you in prayer.

    Rose and Don Vest

  14. What a loss for us here on earth. A piece of the puzzle is now missing from KOAA but they will find another piece to fit into the puzzle–although it will never fit exactly. Lee was loved by so many, many viewers, his KOAA family,his Gus’ family and all that knew him thru his many broadcasting adventures. Our deepest sympathy to all. Love from

  15. My condolences to the family and friends of Lee Douglas. Wish I could of took his broadcast news writing class again during the early 1990’s at the cool Rock”N”Roll college, USC Pueblo. Probably would have better my grade. Still great time and it is cool to see colleagues doing well from this class. Rock on Always, Gair


  17. Lee, there are so many great memories of our times together both in and out of the entertainment industry that I shall never forget! My journey here on this earth was well worth it if just for being your friend and sharing those fun times with music and sports together. Words cannot describe the void that is left by your talent and friendship. You were a special person, gifted with much talent and a golden heart. You will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. May God Bless You My Great Friend! Until We Meet Again!

  18. iam sorry that he passed away. we lost a good person when he passed away. i enjoyed listerning to him on the sock hop show every saturday night. i enjoyed talking to him too. he was a cool person to know and he is going to be missed.

  19. Lee–I met you through my brother Gary Springfield-when he was doing internships with you at the station. You were a great inspiration to him. Through the years our paths crossed. One year we wound up in Vegas at the same time when you and my cousin Nick (Donovan) were at a bowling tournament there. That was a trip for the record books! You were always great fun to be around and you will be missed. Fly with the Angels my friend, peace and prayers to those closest to you.

  20. Lee and i first met many years ago when he worked at KDZA radio as a DJ playing the “oldies” that he and i liked so much. As the years passed we would run into each other around town and catch up on things. Later i served with Lee on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club/Girls Inc. of Pueblo County & Lower Arkansas Valley. Lee had a special place in his heart for young people. With Lee what you saw was what you got. Once he knew you he was always a warm friend who had time for a visit. He has contributed much over the years to our communities and will be greatly missed by many,including me. To his family,friends,and fans i extend my condolences. And to Lee…..Vaya con Dios.

  21. Mr.Lee I met you during my days at Harrision high back in the 80’s.I also met you at Denver BRONCOS training camp up in Greely in 1984.You were and still are a class act all the way. It won’t be the same without you on TV. REST IN PEACE MR.Lee and we know that you are with your favorite Musicans up there now with the king Elvis and two Beatles. God Bless you and your Family during this time RIP Mr. Lee.

  22. I worked with Lee for several years and never can remember him without a smile. He just had a great outlook on life. Local sports was a passion of his and I think that along with his kindness is what makes him standout. He will be missed greatly.

  23. Our communities have suffered a tremendous lose with the passing of Lee Douglas. What a legacy he has left. We will miss you so very much Lee. You are loved by so many! The heavens are happier and the stars are shining brighter with your presence. God Bless you, your family,and your many friends.

  24. Lee, you’ll be sadly missed by many folks. You were my favorite sportscaster of all! God rest your soul. God bless your family & multitude of friends. Love, Marilyn Jo Cline

  25. Lee gave me my shot to shoot area sports from high school sports to Denver Broncos football. He was a very inspirational part of my life at KOAA-TV. The last memory him and I had together was not too long ago the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers football game to be on the field to cover the celebration with him is something I will always cherish. Thank You Lee for everything. Michael Macias/KOAA 5

  26. Our family sends our prayers to the family and friends of Lee Douglas, our favorite sports caster. May you rest in peace Lee. You will be greatly missed.

  27. almost every night i would wach lee do sports he was an amazing sports caster he knew what needed to be done he has a great family and friends

  28. Lee… I will ALWAYS remember the laughs and the look on your face during the MDA Telethon, when you popped those balloons! So much fun and laughter. I consider myself very lucky to have worked with you, and even luckier that I had the opportunity to really know you. I wish now that I would’ve taken you up on the “Golf Challenge” I’ll miss you, Lee.

  29. Lee, I know your watching us from that big press box in heaven, sending the calls to the field. You will be missed.

  30. My late husband Kenny Boone (Air Force Academy Class of 1966) and I were fortunate to meet, talk to and take pictures with Lee Douglas in 2009 when we were at the new stadium in Minnesota for the Falcons – Gophers football game. After my husband died, I ran into Lee at the press box at Falcon Stadium. He remembered our meeting!!! I always watched Lee’s enthusiastic sports news and enjoyed his booming voice in support of all our local teams. I cried when I heard of his passing. Lee – You will be missed and can never be replaced. I hope you see Kenny in heaven and catch him up on the Falcons and the Colorado Buffaloes!!!!

  31. All of us who knew and worked with Lee are better for it. Losing him is much like the words of a song I’m sure he played on the radio hundreds of times, “Only The Good Die Young”. God Rest you my friend and condolences to family.

  32. Such a great man who will be dearly missed! My prayers go out to those who knew him best, that you may find peace and comfort.

  33. Lee will be smiling down from Heaven and his love and laughter will never be forgotten. Peace and comfort to his family and friends.

  34. we will miss lee douglas on channel 5 news his voice and his face. take care your fewers will miss you thanks. sally

  35. Lee always brought joy and humility to every occassion. He made you glad you were there. We will miss him a great deal.

  36. It breaks my heart to not hear Lee doing the sports on KOAA. Even though I did not know him personally, his great smile and personality made you feel he was a friend. Gods blessing to all his “family” in your loss.

  37. Lee you were the best sports anchor on tv. You will be sadly missed. I seen you the day you came to the Emergency room. I wish that you didn’t have to go. God Bless you and your entire family. It will be hard to watch the news without you there. God Bless and Rest in Peace.

  38. To the family of Lee Douglas, koaa team, and friends. With deep & sincere sympathy too all! He will be sadly missed,and was greatly appreciated in this house-hold.Thanks Lee!God Bless to all. From Gerald and family in Trinidad, colo.

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