Dick was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 2, 1935. He grew up in Salt Lake City, spending his summers working on his uncle’s ranch. He served in the US Army reserve until 1963 when he was honorably discharged as a sergeant. Dick was a lifelong entrepreneur, opening his first service station in Jackson Hole, WY in 1957. In 1961, he moved to Las Vegas and opened a service station on Las Vegas Blvd and Sahara. He married his wife, Dorothy “Dottie” Stuewe in 1965, beginning the best 41 years of his life. In 1969 Dick became a Realtor, and worked in that capacity for the next 37 years, helping thousands of families find homes in the Las Vegas Valley. He has also been a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving in leadership positions and sharing his testimony of the gospel throughout his life. His talents in organizing and motivating others (and his refusal to accept less than 100% effort) resulted in an enthusiastic and effective home teaching program.
Dick was active throughout his life, and loved hunting, fishing, snow skiing, water skiing, and martial arts, all of which he still practiced enthusiastically at the time of his passing.
Dick Douglas was an 9th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do. He was personally trained by Chuck Norris and Pat Johnson for over 20 years. He taught martial arts in Las Vegas for over 30 years. He began teaching martial arts in 1966, and shared his love of martial arts with hundreds of students over the next 40 years, guiding over 50 students to Black Belt. Dick earned his own Black Belt in 1969 as a student of Chuck Norris, and fought and placed in a number of prestigious tournaments, including Grand Champion in the Las Vegas Invitational Karate Tournament for three straight years (1970-1972) and placed in Sam Allred's National Black Belt Championships in 1973. He was also given honorable mention in Professional Karate's regional ratings in 1973. He was promoted to the rank of 10th Degree Black Belt by the Board of Directors of the Western Tang Soo Do Federation in 2003 and was inducted into the Master’s Black Belt Hall of Fame in August of 2004.
Mr. Douglas acted as a tournament announcer for the Henderson Invitational and the Open Pro/Am Karate Championships. He directed the Las Vegas National Karate Championships for fifteeen years, and produced some of the first full-contact events seen on the Las Vegas Strip. In 1983, Mr. Douglas was named Man of the Year.
David “Dick” Richard Douglas Jr. passed away Monday, May 8, 2006, at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 71.
Chronological Record of Martial Arts Accomplishments:
Began studying karate under Chuck Norris - 1965
Founded the Norris Karate Club of Las Vegas - 1965
1967 through 1975 - Promoted the “Las Vegas National Karate Championships” held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and various hotels throughout Las Vegas, including the Golden Nugget, Hilton, Dunes, Frontier, Aladdin, and Sahara.
First degree Black Belt earned - 1969
Regional Director - United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF) for Mr. Chuck Norris
Secretary/Treasurer - UFAF - for Mr. Norris - until December 1986
Vice President of “National Tang Soo Do Congress” with Mr. Pat Johnson until November 1998
Formed “Western Tang Soo Do Federation” - November 1998 - as President
Karate Rank Advancements:
1st to 6th degree black belt under Mr. Chuck Norris (earned 6th degree 7/20/85)
7th to 9th degree black belt under Mr. Pat Johnson (earned 9th degree 3/14/98)
10th degree black belt - November 14, 2003
Three time Grand Champion of Las Vegas Invitational Karate Championships
Placed in Sam Allred’s prestigious National Black Belt Championships in Albuquerque, NM - 1973
Honorable mention in “Professional Karate’s Regional Ratings” - 1973
“Who’s Who in the Martial Arts” authored by Mr. Bob Wall - 1985
Inducted into the Black Belt Masters Hall of Fame—Golden Life Achievement Award - 2004