Douglas L. Hooker

Born: Saturday, February 11, 1967
Passed: Friday, January 4, 2019

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Douglas Leroy Hooker was born on February 11, 1967 in sunny Pasadena, CA. Shortly after his birth, he was welcomed into the home of his adoptive parents Clavie and Paulette Hooker, where he would be joined by his older brother, Donald and his younger sister, Dionne. He affectionately referred to his younger sister, Dionne as his "Angel." He received his primary education in Pasadena, and graduated from John Muir High School in June of 1985, where he was known for having the "Best Eyes" in the senior class, a trait for which he was infamous for for years to come.

Shortly after graduation, Douglas completed three semesters at Glendale Community College before transferring to his Alma Mater, San Jose State University. As a Receiver on the SJSU football team, he earned various accolades including Team Captain, Most Inspirational and Most Improved. In addition to being a star football player, on March 10, 1988, Douglas became a pledge of the Delta Rho Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. of where, along with his pledge brothers, he would become a Kappa Man for life.

In 1993, Douglas met Jayanne Zabarte, his would be Wife, mother of his children, and love of his life up until his departure. They were married on September 9, 1995 in Santa Clara County, witnessed by their family and friends, including Jayanne's young daughter, Saige, of whom Douglas would later adopt and raise as his own. The couple welcomed their son Dion in 1996, and Douglas devoted many years to being the most reliable, formative and generous father and husband that he could be.

Douglas got his professional start in 1990 at Pepsi Cola Bottling Group, and continued in his career at Del Monte Foods, where he would serve as a Director for over fifteen years. Especially present in his final years, Douglas was a man of the Lord, and his true passion lay in helping people. From volunteering as a football coach to middle schoolers, to giving athletes advice at track meets, to serving as a counselor at Hope Haven; leading up to his final years where he dedicated a majority of his time and efforts speaking and leading community groups at Christ Community Church. Douglas was the kind of person who would literally give you the shoes off of his feet.

Ready to serve His Kingdom, the Lord welcomed Douglas into his heavenly home on Friday January 4th, 2019, just over a month short of his 52nd birthday. Douglas was preceded in his heavenly promotion by his parents Clavie "LeVon" Hooker and Paulette Hooker, and his sister Dionne. He leaves to cherish his irreplaceable memory his loving wife Jayanne; daughter Saige; son Dion; stepmother Rosita; and step-siblings Ron and Justine; along with a host of cousins, friends and loved ones.

He will forever be remembered as the God-loving man with the million dollar smile, and a heart as pure as gold.

Services will be held at 10am on Saturday January 12, 2019 at Christ Community Church in St. Charles, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the family or to Christ Community Church in Douglas' name.
Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Quiram Sycamore Chapel. Information: or 815-895-6589

Condolences & Shared Memories (9)

  1. Mary S

    I was very surprised to learn of the loss of Doug. My condolences to his family.

  2. Warren C.

    We have lost a true friend and fellow Christ follower. Doug will be greatly missed. I am praying for God's grace on all of us that knew and loved him.

  3. Paula Scott

    My condolences to the ffamily. You will be greatly missed. Class of 1985

  4. Gus Kuhmichel

    It was a pleasure to know and work with Doug at Del Monte. Doug always had a positive outlook and a smile on his face.

  5. John T. Vain

    Oh Brother, you were called far too early. O how I remember moving you and the family from CA to AL, then to IL. Our travels together, project work and casual times having lunch or dinner. So many conversations and discussions. You will surely be missed. You had so much potential and so many more things to do. May our dear lord hold your family in his arms and secure them as you have. You were truly a family man. Your brilliant smile will be so missed, by so many. Peace Brother. You are now in a safe and peaceful place. John T.

  6. Aaron Brown sr.

    God love Douglas more and called him home his work will continue in the kingdom and it was a pleasure working with Douglas in service and he will be dearly missed. And the Brown's family will continue to pray for the rest of his family in Christ Jesus name. Amen.

  7. MaxineVandermark

    My sympathy to Doug's family. I am a former DelMinte employee and I remember Doug as a kind and caring man.

  8. Marcia Lage

    So very sad to hear of his passing.

  9. Nova Brooks

    It is with sincere sympathy that I shared this information with you. Trying to find the right words or thoughts to share with someone when they have lost a loved one to death can be very difficult. It is my hope that you will find comfort in the memories of your love one that will carry you through the years to come. I have found that the hope God gives in his Word the Bible to be a source of great comfort. In the Bible book of Acts 24:25 and John 5:28, 29 we have a sure promise that we can see our love ones again. Attached is a link to a little track that provides more information regarding that promise. Perhaps after everything has settled down you will find time to review that information along with your copy of your Bible. Again, I give my deepest sincere sympathy to you and your family.

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