Captain Douglas Hughes Rose, USN (1955-2012)

Capt. Douglas Hughes Rose, USN died peacefully in his home in Rancho Santa Fe April 2, following a long, courageous battle with leukemia. His final days were faced with awe-inspiring grace, composure and a conviction of his salvation.

Born in 1955, Doug is a native Californian and full-blooded San Diegan. He attended La Jolla High School and graduated from San Dieguito after the family moved to Rancho Santa Fe. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Following short stints with Kmart and Music Plus, Doug attended the U.S. Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. and received his commission in 1982. Upon commissioning, ENS Rose attended the renowned Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga.

CAPT Rose served for 30 years in the U.S. Navy and enjoyed every minute of it. He was qualified as a Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer, had Joint Specialty Officer designation and Transportation and Operational Logistics sub-specialties.

His first assignment post graduation from Supply Corps School was to USS LEWIS B. PULLER (FFG 23) where he served as the Disbursing and Sales Officer and was qualified as an Officer of the Deck Underway. His Supply Officer tour, a critical career milestone in the Supply Corps, was aboard the USS WADDELL (DDG 24) where he supported counter-drug operation missions before the ship was transferred to the Greek Navy in 1992.

Doug’s shore duty assignments include positions with the Naval Support Facility, Diego Garcia; Naval Audit Service West, San Diego, Calif.; Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Coronado, Calif.; U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla; Naval Special Warfare Command, Coronado; Naval Operational Logistics Support Center, Norfolk, Va.; and Commander, Third Fleet, San Diego. Doug’s last Navy tour was as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics for Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command (WARCOM), Coronado.

During his Naval career, Doug earned a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 1996 from the Naval War College, in Newport, R.I. He also graduated from the Transportation Management School in San Francisco, and the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk.

Doug’s numerous military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3) and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.

Aside from being a consummate Naval Officer and world-class Supply Corps Officer, Doug was an avid surfer who kept a board at the ready at WARCOM. He often hit the surf on days when most thought the waves were too big. Doug also enjoyed volleyball, racing a street luge (if you can believe that), and he was a collector of treasures, great and small. He also enjoyed traveling with his family all over the United States and abroad. His favorite destinations were San Francisco, London, Paris, and Normandy.

He is known as a gifted artist and his work shows uncanny insight into the world around him. He is remembered by co-workers for the creative art he crafted on his office white board.

Doug is survived by his wife of twenty five years, Linda; sons Griffin and Benjamin; his father, Robert J. Rose; and brother, Stephen S. Rose. He is predeceased by his mother, Barbara Smith Rose.

Services will be held at the Village Community Presbyterian Church at 6225 Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe. A reception will follow at the Rose family home. Directions will be available at the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or the Navy Supply Corps Foundation Scholarship Fund.