TRENTON, NJ -- Lifelong Scotch Plains resident Mark Douches was one of the three New Jerseyans that Gov. Phil Murphy memorialized during his COVID-19 press briefing on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

"He led an active and noteworthy life within his community," Murphy said. "A member of the choir and the lay ministry at All Saints Episcopal Church, he was also a member of the Cranford Dramatic Club and the Westfield Community Players."

With the Westfield Community Players, Douches often performed in productions and worked as stage manager behind the scenes. He was also a member of the Somerset Patriots Fan Club, the Majestic Lanes Monday Night Bowling League, and recently took up playing the ukulele. He also loved to vacation with family and friends, especially on cruises to the Caribbean, where he loved to snorkel.

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Born to Charles and Gladys Douches, he graduated from Scotch Plains Fanwood High School in 1976 and then went on to graduate from Lebanon Valley College with a Bachelor’s Degree. He worked as an IT Security Analyst with Quest Diagnostics for many years. Douches died at age 62 on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. 

Gov. Murphy's tribute to Mark Douches comes at 13:40 of this video: