April 26, 1957 - March 10, 2023
Douglas Michael Wolff, age 65, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 10th, 2023, at his home in Longmont, Colorado.
Doug was born on April 26, 1957, in Denver, Colorado to James and Kathleen Wolff. He attended Broomfield High School, where he took an interest in software and attended a vocational technical after-school program (Vo-Tech) in his junior and senior years. He graduated with a degree in applied engineering from DeVry University in Phoenix, Arizona.
Doug began his career with Ford Aerospace in Sunnyvale, California and was deployed to a U.S. satellite tracking station in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean for two years. He made many friends there and enjoyed exploring the islands and learning to scuba dive.
When he returned stateside in 1980, Doug met Judy, who also worked at Ford Aerospace, and they married in 1984. Doug joined Tandem Computers as a software designer and after 9 years he joined StorageTek as an advisory software engineer. StorageTek moved the couple to Colorado, and they settled in Boulder, later moving to Longmont. Over the years, Doug held software engineering positions with Ericsson, MobilePeak Systems, and Qualcomm, retiring in 2013. He was best known for troubleshooting complex embedded software issues between cell phone transmission towers and was well respected by his peers.
He and Judy enjoyed happy times camping in the Rocky Mountains with their dogs Tasha and Callie. Sometimes they met family at Beaver Lake or Brainard Lake for hikes and dinners around the campfire. They had great times with family in Missouri, Florida, and California, as well. They sailed the Caribbean and traveled to England, Italy, Germany, Sweden, East Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, and Australia watching professional tennis matches, photographing wildlife, and visiting friends they’d met during their travels.
Doug had a passion for music and especially for high-end sound systems. He also loved photographing nature and built a portfolio of images that included moose, elk, mountain goats, coyotes, bobcats, and stunning landscapes. He enjoyed woodworking and could fix just about anything. He valued family get togethers and had a soft spot for animals – both domestic and wild. He was a kind, gentle, intelligent, deep thinker with a huge heart.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Judy Ann Wolff; his sister, Deborah Alderman; his sister-in-law Jane Goodfriend; his nephew Bryan Alderman; his nieces Lisa Montoya and her husband Joe Montoya, Nicole Goodfriend, and Kristina Walton; and his great-niece Cheyanne and great-nephew Gabriel.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Longmont Humane Society (https://www.longmonthumane.org/donate/) or to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (https://afsp.org/).