Douglas Moody Mast, 58, avid fisherman, competed in Olympics

April 29, 2002|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

Douglas Moody Mast was an avid fisher, enjoying his favorite pastime throughout the United States, in Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Severna Park man was fishing alone on the Chesapeake Bay in his 23-foot, stern-drive cruiser Free Lunch on Wednesday when he died of a heart attack. He was 58.

"Because of his heart problems, Douglas wasn't allowed to go fishing by himself," his wife, Donna Jean Welch-Mast, said yesterday. "But men, they never listen to you."

Mrs. Welch-Mast said she and her husband bought their boat about three years ago and changed its name to Free Lunch a year later because "when we would go out fishing, we always thought that somebody would get a free lunch - either us if we caught something or [the fish] if we didn't."

Mr. Mast, who was born in New York City and raised in Morristown, N.J., lived in Maryland off and on for about 15 years.

He graduated from St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School in Fitchburg, Mass., in 1963. He earned a bachelor's degree in restaurant management from the University of Denver in 1967.

Mr. Mast represented the Virgin Islands as a sharpshooter in the 1972 summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.

He owned a French restaurant in the Virgin Islands. He had been a boat salesman and a car salesman - he stopped selling cars for BMW of Towson last year because of his heart illness. He also served in the Marine Corps, held a pilot's license and owned an airplane.

He met his wife through an unusual personal ad.

"I ran a personal ad ... called `Next,'" Mrs. Welch-Mast said. "I had put in there that I had been married and divorced two times and was looking for my next victim."

Several days after the advertisement was published, Mr. Mast replied to it, his wife said. "We talked to each other on the phone for about three weeks before meeting in Annapolis for lunch."

They were married July 4, 1999, nearly two years after their first face-to-face meeting.

"He had this way about him," Mrs. Welch-Mast recalled of her husband. "And he had this deep, gorgeous voice. He would engage you."

Mr. Mast also loved cooking and reading books about war.

"The kitchen was his home," Mrs. Welch-Mast said. "He was famous for his meals. We'd have people down here and he'd just cook and cook. Thanksgiving was a treat."

Her husband sent her a dozen carnations weekly because, she said, "he knew how much I loved them."

His sister, Margaret Mast Moran of Ocean City, described her brother as a jack-of-all-trades, but she most remembered his affinity for the water.

"He loved the ocean," Mrs. Moran said. "It was his life."

The family will receive friends at a memorial service from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 207 Giddings Ave. in Severna Park.

Mr. Mast also is survived by a son, George Douglas Mast of Indianapolis; a stepdaughter, Jennifer D. Buch of Lancaster, Calif.; a brother, Dr. Richard Mast of Paradox, N.Y.; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Ryan Mast.

Memorial contributions may be made to HAVEN Inc., Box 514, Arnold 21012.

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