Douglas Kent Bettenhausen, 50, of Raleigh passed into the loving arms of his Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, May 17th surrounded by his family. Doug suffered for several years from multiple system atrophy, a rare degenerative neurological disease for which there is no cure and no treatment. However, MSA did not define his life.
Doug was born in Fayetteville, NC to Letha Grace Bettenhausen and the late Edgar George Bettenhausen. He graduated from Westover Sr High School in Fayetteville. He received a BS in Pharmacy from UNC and a PharmD from Campbell University. Doug was VP of Medical Affairs and Product Safety at Salix Pharmaceuticals until his retirement for medical reasons. He was one of the original staff in the Raleigh location, and upon his retirement a company award was created in his honor.
He was a devoted member of Open Door Baptist Church.
His favorite saying was “you touch it, you catch it” which he took from his football playing days, but which he applied to everything in his life. He touched so many during his incredible journey.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Herring Bettenhausen, son Jonathan Douglas Bettenhausen and daughter Allison Grace Bettenhausen of the home. His mother Letha Grace Bettenhausen and brother Kevin Scott Bettenhausen, both of Raleigh as well as his devoted canines Spencer and frisbee buddy Casey. Also surviving are mother-in-law Wilma Herring of Warsaw and a large extended family and many loving friends.
His greatest joy here on earth were Jonathan and Allie, both of whom he was shamelessly proud.
His family would like to extend a special thank you to the employees of Salix Pharmaceuticals for their continued love and support throughout Doug’s illness.
“…we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope” Romans 5:3-4
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Open Door Baptist Church or Magellan Charter School.
His family will receive friends on Sunday May 19, 2013 from 4:00-6:00 pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh NC, 27609. Funeral Services will be held Monday May 20, 2013 at Open Door Baptist Church, 9801 Durant Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.Brown Wynne.com