Northern California lost a terrific clogger and friend July 5. I first met Doug Chin about 1979. He was just 19 or 20 years old and eager to do as much clogging as he could. That’s one thing about him that never changed, his love of clogging. We shared an interest in photography and he also loved cooking. Doug always had a smile on his face and was too busy having fun to ever be unkind to anyone. He supported all the clogging events in Northern California and surrounding areas whenever he could and was always on the dance floor until the very end.
Doug danced first with the Young Rebels in Oakland, then also with the Diablo Mountain Cloggers, the Blossom Hill Cloggers, Hillbilly Cloggers, and the Barbary Coast Cloggers.
He’s left behind many friends who are in shock. He had just performed with the Barbary Coast Cloggers at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in June and celebrated his 50th birthday. Doug made it possible for me to finish my SoFoBoMo project by generously loaning me his Canon 20D camera when mine died.
Thanks for your smile and friendship, Doug. You will be missed.
You can read Matt Ellinger’s tribute to Doug here, plus a gallery of photos.