Doetsch, Sr., Louis Jacob

August 26, 2008

LOUIS DOETSCH, a resident of Pasadena for more than 63 years, died at Baltimore Washington Medical Center on Thursday, August 21 following a short illness. He was born in Baltimore City on December 25, 1915, the oldest of five children of Dr. Ernest P. and Elizabeth P. Doetsch. He graduated from Boy's Latin School in 1937 where he was a celebrated football player. He attended Merganthaler School of Printing and worked in his father's lithograph business in Baltimore. He was drafted into the Army near the end of World War II and served a short stint as a combat engineer. In 1945 he purchased a small farm on Rock Creek and, with his wife and four children, started the Pasadena Yacht Yard which he ran until shortly before his death. While transforming the property, he also worked for a while in the Production Department of the Fairfield Shipyard and later as a machinist at Maryland Drydock. Mr. Doetsch enjoyed boating, football, and other sports, as well as clock making and running the marina. He was a Past Commander of the Patapsco River Power Squadron, as well as a Past President of both the Mountain Road Kawanis Club and Pine Grove Village Homeowner's Association. He was a member of the Community United Methodist Church. He also served for several years on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Glen Burnie. Mr. Doetsch's proudest accomplishment was being a founder and first President of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland. Mr. Doetsch was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Mary Howard Pearre Doetsch, as well as three brothers and one sister. He leaves behind twin sons, Louis J. Doetsch, Jr. of Grasonville and Pearre (Perry) E. Doetsch of Bel Air, and two daughters Mary Lou Baxter of Churchville and Deanna A. Lee of Pasadena and The Villages, Florida. He also leaves nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, P.A., 3204 Mountain Road, Pasadena, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Riviera Beach Station, P.O. Box 566, Pasadena, MD 21123. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Burial in Loudon Park Cemetery.

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