Doris was born May 24, 1924 in Missoula to Howard and Henrietta Larsen. In her younger years she moved back and forth from Plains and Trout Creek because her dad was a forest ranger for the Forest Service and in 1931 they moved to Thompson Falls where Howard got the Under Sheriff position. Doris graduated from Thompson Falls in 1942 and then went to college in Missoula at the Modern Business College. Upon graduation from the business college, she went back to Thompson Falls and worked as a secretary for the Forest Service.
While Doris was back in Thompson Falls, she fell in love and married her best friend Richard Heater April 2, 1943 at the Sanders Co Jail. Doris’s dad was the Sheriff at the time and that is where she lived. A few days later they packed their bags and headed on the train to Atlantic City, N.J. so Richard could start his new job as an electrician and movie operator at the Navy air station. Doris lived in various rooms or apartments while there and would only get to see Richard one evening every three days. In September of 1944, Rich and Doris moved to Leido Beach, N.Y. for Rich’s ship assignment and then Ybor City, Fla. where Doris stayed until Rich’s ship sailed in March of 1945. Doris moved back home and returned to work for the Forest Service.
In November of 1945, Richard was discharged from the Navy and then started working for the Montana Power Company. They lived at Hauser Lake near Helena, Burke and Taft, Idaho. In July of 1953 they moved back to Thompson Falls to start a partnership in Heaters Ford Garage and Bus Business. In 1978 they received all the bus routes in Thompson Falls and in 1980 closed the Ford dealership. Doris drove the Eddy route and would drive a lot of the activity buses for the Mighty Blue Hawks for 17 years.
Doris loved to sew and play cards with her family and several bridge and pinochle clubs. She was very active in Woman’s Club and also the VFW being past president in both. She was an avid Blue Hawk fan and enjoyed following her three children, Rick, Don and Sandy to all their sporting events and kept on traveling to most of the Blue Hawk games when her kids had graduated. Her grandkids were her life and she made it to as many of their activities as she could. She was a dear friend to many and was always there to lend a hand when needed.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Richard; her parents, Howard and Henrietta (Fabert) Larsen; and her sister, Shirley. Survivors include her sons, Rick (Marilyn) Heater, and Don (Maggie) Heater; daughter, Sandy (Jaron) Schllinger; grandsons, Ben (Maggie), Lucas (Hadley), Travis and Kyle; granddaughters, Tania and Kelsy; great-grandson, Henry and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and the family plans on celebrating her wonderful life sometime in June of 2017.