Carl Douglas talks to reporters shortly after opening Stinger operations in Libby.
Carl Douglas Class President
“Carl was a risk-taker, and that’s what it takes. You have to take risks. He could have expanded his business to other areas, those with better access to interstates. But he chose Libby. My heart and prayers go out to his family and the Stinger family.”
— Tony Berget
Lincoln County Commissioner
“If we had stayed close over the years, that probably would have been me in that plane with him.”
— Mike Hatch
friend and former employee
- Little Joe
“All his life, everyone in our family called him Joe. My mom got it from Little Joe on TV when we were kids.”
— Susan Lamb
Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 2:00 pm
Updated: 5:52 pm, Fri Dec 28, 2012.
Carl Douglas was a risk-taker who never ran from a challenge, built a multi-million company from scratch and loved to fly airplanes. But he lost his life when those traits collided during a snowstorm in the middle of the night at 4,200 feet.
Douglas, 54, was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon after local authorities discovered the wreckage of his turbo-prop airplane high atop Swede Mountain southeast of Libby. John Smith, 43, a passenger in the plane also died in the crash.
Friday, December 21, 2012 2:00 pm.
Updated: 5:52 pm.