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Douglas Postma

July 26, 1960 - February 9, 2018

Doug Postma, age 57, went on his final adventure, to heaven, on Friday, February 9, 2018. Doug will be forever remembered and loved by his wife and best friend Julie and by their precious children Matt, Jillian (Jay) Sullivan, and Mark. He was the adoring Papa of Finnegan and Ethan Sullivan; dear brother of Pat (Frank)…read more

Doug Postma, age 57, went on his final adventure, to heaven, on Friday, February 9, 2018. Doug will be forever remembered and loved by his wife and best friend Julie and by their precious children Matt, Jillian (Jay) Sullivan, and Mark. He was the adoring Papa of Finnegan and Ethan Sullivan; dear brother of Pat (Frank) Jedlicka; loving uncle of Andy, Keith, Frank, Jim, Kerri and Kristi; great uncle to many nieces and nephews. Doug was predeceased by his parents Frank and Christine Postma and siblings Greg Postma and Barb Haan. Doug was also a treasured brother-in-law to Jill Postma, Rich Haan, Karen Nowak and Geralyn Raimbault. Most of all, Doug was a loving and dedicated husband and daddy. Married life is a journey, and the love between Julie and Doug was genuine and unending traveling that journey together, hand in hand, through the joy and the pain. The love he had for his children was unconditional and enduring. He was their hero and their “Disney Dad”. He lived life with a servant heart and spirit; it was his core. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Dolton, and then served for 30 years in the Village of Buffalo Grove beginning as a FireFighter/Paramedic and retiring as the Deputy Chief. He served in many capacities. He touched and helped shape the lives of youth at several churches as a volunteer youth leader. He started a Boy Scout Explorer Post for those interested in serving in the Fire Service and mentored many young adults in life and service. The Salt Creek Park District was very important to him; first he volunteered; later he was elected a Commissioner, and finally he became a part time employee. He was devoted to all those that he loved and always put others before himself. He thrived on relationships and his friends were considered “family.” His life was full of family. He had his immediate family and extended family, but he also had his Fire Department Family, his Salt Creek Family, and Friend Families who loved and depended on him as much as he loved and depended on them. Doug was a dear friend, inspirational mentor and quiet hero. He treated every day as an adventure and embraced the unexpected. His love of life was contagious. His memories will live in our hearts forever. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to 100 Club of Chicago, National Park Conservation Association or Special Olympics. Visitation, Wednesday, February 14, from 4 PM -9 PM, with a Fire Departement Walk Through at 7 PM, at at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home. Funeral service Thursday, February 15th, 10 AM at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home,  185 E Northwest Highway, Palatine.

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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Smith-Corcoran Palatine Funeral Home

185 E. Northwest Hwy
Palatine, IL 60067

Service Information

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Time: 10:00 am

Smith-Corcoran Palatine Funeral Home

185 E. Northwest Hwy
Palatine, IL 60067

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