Douglas M. Mox, a food broker and baseball umpire, died Monday of multiple organ failure at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 52.
"He had been on the heart transplant list since mid-January," said his wife of 30 years, the former Carol Miller, a real estate agent with NAI KLNB.
Mr. Mox, the son of a Baltimore police officer and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and spent his early years in Morrell Park.
In 1970, he moved with his family to Arbutus, where he lived for the rest of his life. He was a 1976 graduate of Lansdowne High School and studied hospitality courses at what was then Essex Community College.
During the early 1970s and 1980s, Mr. Mox worked as a sous chef and kitchen manager at King's Contrivance in Columbia and later at the old Country Fare Inn near Reisterstown and the former Caper's in Annapolis.
From 1987 to 2005, he was a food broker with Key Impact Sales Systems in Odenton, and since 2005 had been employed in a similar capacity with RPA Inc. of Owings Mills.
Mr. Mox had worked part time as a supervising chef for Ridgewell Caterers in Bethesda and Linwoods Restaurant and Catering in Owings Mills.
His professional memberships included the American Culinary Foundation, American Management Association, International Food Service Executive Association, Maryland Education Foundation and the Restaurant Association of Maryland.
Mr. Mox began umpiring in 1994 with the Arbutus Little League, and after his son moved onto senior baseball, he continued officiating Little League games.
He also umpired minors, majors, juniors and seniors games in the Maryland district and Maryland state tournaments, as well as tournament games in New Jersey and Delaware.
He was a member of the Maryland District 4 Umpires Association and the Maryland State Umpires Association.
"His goal was to one day umpire a Little League World Series game in Williamsport, Pa.," Mrs. Mox said.
He was a world traveler.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, 7250 Washington Blvd.
In addition to his wife, survivors also include a son, Eric C. Mox of Arbutus; a brother, John J. "Rusty" Mox Jr. of Arbutus; and many nieces and nephews.