PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Douglas Calvin Bibens, 65, husband of Sarah Woody Bibens and father of Emily Chung, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Katie Marrett, Fort Myers Beach, Fla., and Missoula, Montana, completed his trip on Earth on February 7, 2022, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, diagnosed at the end of October 2021. Doug believed that life should be a collection of interesting and unique experiences and events. collection. With the support of Community Hospice, he has been lovingly cared for by Sarah, Emily and Katie as well as his sons-in-law Christopher and Scott, and his grandchildren Elizabeth and Gordie who have dedicated the past three months to being with him in Ponte Vedra Beach. They brought him joy every day.
Doug was a proud St. Joseph native, an Eagle Scout and trail runner at Central High School, graduating from in 1974. He attended the University of Missouri where he majored in Forest Management , was a member of Delta Upsilon and met Sarah, the love of his life and his best friend, to whom he was married for 42 years.
A self-proclaimed “Missouri donkey raiser,” he and Sarah raised their daughters on 44 acres northeast of St. Joseph. He taught them to drive a tractor, canoe and fish with them on the pond, ride horses and shared his love of dogs with them, and taught them how to sail “The Flo” on the lake. Smithville, among so many other things. He was their Mr. Fun.
His collection of experiences included many trips in the United States and abroad. He traveled the world with Sarah, her daughters and later her sons-in-law. He not only saw the world, he “made” the world. He skied in Japan; hiked in Patagonia and Switzerland; fly-fished in Ireland; kayaking in Alaska; driven through the countryside of Belize; sailed his family through the British Virgin Islands; took the helm of a riverboat across England, and much more.
Until his diagnosis, he and Sarah resided in Salida, Colorado, where he called the mountains home fly fishing, skiing, mountain biking, kayaking and hiking. They covered many miles on the road in their Sprinter van before settling in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Professionally, Doug has served as president of the Midland Steel Company and president of the Central Fabricators Association.
Doug is also survived by his mother, Mary Ann Bibens; two brothers; and Sarah’s five siblings, who had become Doug’s siblings.
He was predeceased by his father, Calvin Bibens.
Doug showed courage and patience over the past few months and, in the end, was an organ donor who provided the sight through the Lions Eye Institute.
A private celebration of life will be held in the mountains at a later date. For those wishing to honor Doug, the family requests that donations be made to the Central Colorado Conservancy, which focuses on the protection, conservation and restoration of the lands and waters of central Colorado (centralcoloradoconservancy.org).
As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.