Douglas,, Joe J. was born on June 9, 1928 in Topeka. Son of Josip Juraj Senior and Imogene (Taylor) Douglas.
Student, Washburn University, 1950.
Firefighter Topeka Fire Department, 1950-1983, chief, since 1983.
Chairman committee on religion and race United Methodist Church, Topeka, 1974. Board directors Topeka Boys' Club, 1975, United School District 501, Topeka, 1977-1985, president 1980-1981, 83-84. Bd directors Boy Scouts American, Topeka, since 1987.
Served as private United States Army, 1946-1948. Member International Association Fire Chiefs, Missouri Valley Fire Chiefs Association, National Fire Protection Association.
Married Nathalia Jean Washington, January 29, 1950. 1 child, Shelly J. Douglas Wilder.