Doug Sterrett

I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA, home to my family since the early 1900’s. My family had several businesses in town and my father owned a lemon ranch. Dad also had a sailboat and that’s how I came to love sailing.  My family has a strong Scottish Heritage and my dad taught me to play the bagpipes and wear the kilts.

After a delightful childhood as a California surfer boy and graduating from high school and several years of college, I trained at Brooks Institute of Photography in motion picture production.  I began my career in 16 mm commercial film production, producing television commercials in Portland, Oregon where I met my wife, Pat. We were married in 1974 in Kaneohe, Hawaii, where we lived for 5 years and I traveled extensively throughout the Hawaiian Islands on various film production assignments.  After relocating to Boise, Idaho, I retrained in video production and spent the majority of my career with Idaho Power Company, producing communications videos for the company’s employees and stockholders.

Pat and I and our kids (all 5 of them) enjoyed many outdoor sports in the mountains of Idaho such as backpacking, cross-country skiing, and white water kayaking.  

In 2001 Pat and I took early retirement and moved onto our 39 foot sailboat, Sonsie, which we moored in Squalicum Harbor.  The next spring we left for a year-long voyage around Vancouver Island and on down the US west coast to Mexico. We spent the winter in Mazatlan, cruised up the Sea of Cortez in the spring, and in June had our boat trucked back to Bellingham.  We bought a home in Bellingham and after we sold our sailboat we bought a pilot-house trawler in Sitka, Alaska, and brought her home to Bellingham . We cruised extensively with this boat in Northwest waters, including a return trip to Alaska.

We enjoy European travel and have been to Scotland, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Italy and France.  My camera gets a good workout on those trips.

We joined First Presbyterian Church in 2005 and have served the Lord faithfully and with joy as deacons, and now I do as an Elder.