Doug Theaker Awarded Outstanding Senior Citizen Award

  • 8/23/2018 3:56:22 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - On August 23rd Douglas Theaker, host of WMFD's "Senior Living" and "I Love My Job," was awarded Outstanding Senior Citizen Award for Richland County for 2018.

Theaker was born in Mansfield on December 23, 1935, and graduated from Madison High School in 1954. He then earned a bachelor's degree at Ashland University and a master's degree at the University of Akron. He has also completed graduate studies at the University of Alaska and The Ohio State University. 

He is also a Navy Veteran of the Korean War and the Commander of the Korean War Organization Mansfield Chapter 51. He is very active in all the community veterans programs, including serving 35 years on the Richland County Veterans Service Commission. He was on the Honor Flight in 2013 and has received the South Korean Peace Medal, among other awards and honors.

Aside from serving other veterans, Theaker has served as Director of Richland County Job and Family Services for 17 years, Ontario Board of Education member for 20 years, and as President of the Board of Education for 11 years. Additionally, for the past 28 years, he has been the host of the WMFD Rehab Telethon fundraiser. He actively seeks people in the community to interview on TV for "Senior Living" and "I Love My Job," and is always on the lookout for an interesting story.

The award, presented by Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, was given to one outstanding member of each county's community. The Area Agency on Aging's chief executive officer Duana Patton said, "I would like to congratulate the Outstanding Senior Award Recipients and Community Service Award Recipient. Your dedication and spirit is invaluable not only to the people and communities you serve, but to our society as a whole."

The ceremony was attended by prominent local officials including several county commissioners and Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker, a figure Doug jokes people often mistake him for.

"What an honor," Theaker said at the event. "My family is here, which means very much to me... whatever I've done, I really loved what I was doing."

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