Douglas Michael Morea

August 8, 1982 - January 2, 2024

08/08/1982 - 01/02/2024

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Funeral Service
Monday January 08, 2024
2:00 pm
NAS Oceana - Chapel of the Good Shepherd
803 D St Building 330
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23460

In Loving Memory of Douglas Michael Morea

August 8, 1982 – January 2, 2024

Douglas Michael Morea, affectionately known as Doug and call sign “Dorothy”, passed away on January 2, 2024, leaving behind a legacy that reached many far and wide. He was born on August 8, 1982, in Port Washington, New York, to his loving parents Jerry and Cathy Morea.

From an early age, Doug’s passion for the skies sparked a desire to fly, which ultimately led him to the prestigious United States Naval Academy where he achieved an aerospace engineering degree. Doug went on to become an officer and pilot – accumulating over 3,700 flight hours and 675 carrier landings with over 80 combat missions. His dedication and commitment earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and superiors, and his unwavering determination to succeed was unmatched.

When he wasn’t flying, Doug could be found enjoying a sunset or building a fire, and in his early years, sailing. His love for football brought joy to his heart, and he could often be found cheering fervently for Ohio State and the New York Giants. Doug was happiest with the simple things. More than anything, he was a devoted and deeply caring husband, son, brother, friend, and dad to his “pup” Murphy. There will never be a heart as humble and soft as Doug’s.

On Monday, January 8, at 2:00 p.m., friends, family, and fellow servicemen will gather to honor and commemorate Doug’s life. A funeral service will be held at NAS Oceana, Chapel of the Good Shepherd, a fitting tribute to his courageous journey in the Navy. Followed by a reception at the Oceana Officers Club and a sunset toast to Doug at 5:04pm ET.

Doug’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved him dearly. He is survived by his beloved wife, Chelsea Morea, who cherished him and supported his dreams wholeheartedly. His father, Jerry Morea, and stepmother, Lynne, continue to beam with pride at all Doug accomplished. Doug’s siblings, Chris Morea and wife Jeanine, as well as Carrie Berenback and husband James, will forever be grateful for his presence in their lives. Liliana and Cameron Morea, his niece and nephew, brought joy to Doug’s heart, and he treasured their moments together. He also leaves behind numerous extended family members and friends who were touched by his kindness and unwavering spirit.

Douglas Michael Morea, with his kind heart and unwavering determination, taught us immeasurable things about leadership, love, and becoming “the best of the best.” Though our hearts are heavy with grief, we find comfort in knowing that his memory will continue to live through the hearts of those he knew.

Fair winds and following seas, Doug “Dorothy” Morea. May you soar among the clouds, relishing in the freedom you cherished both in the air and over the water. We have the watch, you stand relieved.


In lieu of flowers, the family will be honoring Doug’s legacy through a charity close to Doug’s heart – a tribute to his selfless commitment to his fellow service members. If you’d like, please donate by clicking “HERE” or by going to

In the event that there are connectivity issues during the livestream, a recording of the service will be available after it has concluded.

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Robyn Lalime
3 months ago

Sending my deepest condolences and prayers to your family during this time of immense sorrow. I worked with “Dorothy” during his time at TOPGUN. I remember him most for his immense kindness, his contagious smile, and his boundless humor. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

Victor Garcia
3 months ago

Please accept my deepest .condolences. My heart goes out to you for the loss of your son. Our family will keep you and your family in our prayers.

Kadee Tennyson
3 months ago

Doug had the unique ability to listen, to hear what someone confided in him and to keep it as sacred between them. He has impacted so many … may his genuine friendship never be forgotten…. Aunt Kadee

Jeanne Rosenthal and Perry Lengton
3 months ago

Shocked and saddened to hear the terrible news of Doug Morea’s untimely loss. We remember him as a very small boy in Port Washington, always sweet and wonderful to be around. Many wonderful memories of Doug and our kids, Mike and Julie. Our most sincere condolences to all of his family. We are thinking of all of you most fondly.

Matthew du Moulin
3 months ago

From a young age I’ve always looked up to Cousin Dougie. One Christmas when I was 10 or 11 yrs old he let me play his desktop flight simulator while we listened to my 1st cd ever “cake” given to my by his mom Aunt Cathy. That’s when I decided this is the coolest kid ever. As we grew older that never changed. When Dougie got his wings I was lucky enough to join in the festivities in Corpus Christi and even fly the Navy’s Flight simulator. A bit cooler than the computer game you could say. This only helped reinforce my view of him being the absolutely coolest guy I know. So charismatic, funny & always genuinely curious about what’s going on in my life.

Ive often used his accomplishments in the Navy and Life as a reminder that hard work pays off and that if you follow your dreams hobbies can become reality.

You are missed by all who know you

Jerry Morea
3 months ago

Doug loved being a member of the US Navy. From his days as a Midshipman at the USNA to being on deployment in the fleet to flight time in a F/A-18, he was a completely dedicated member of the US military. He took his assignments seriously, worked meticulously and completed them accurately. He took so much pride in whatever he did. For all of this, as Doug’s dad, I couldn’t be more proud.

Dougie, of course, was way more than a Navy man. He was my son, Chelsea’s husband, a brother, a role model and mentor to so many. At their wedding, a fellow aviator made a comment to my wife, Lynne. He simply said, “Doug is everybody’s best friend.” What more needs to be said? I love you Doug and I’m going to miss you so much.

Go Navy

Carrie Morea Berenback
3 months ago

My sweet, gentle, brother. Dougie was also my friend and support, and one of the only people who could give me a case of the giggles without trying, always adding to our long list of inside jokes. He comforted me when I was sad and always had the right words to say when I needed him. I’ve admired him since I was a little girl, and will always appreciate the affection he gave me. He will be missed every day.

My heart goes out to my family, Chelsea and her family, and to all of Doug’s friends, colleagues, and those who loved him. Thank you all for being a part of his life.

This picture is of us in Lake Tahoe during Christmas 2012. Dougie surprised me with Polar Express tickets, we were the only ones there without kids. Santa was so happy that he took three pictures with us and one picture with every other family. Later that night, Doug read The Polar Express to me, as he did for 30 years of my life, only, he changed the words to an R-rated version and somehow read in a dry humored voice. These were always the biggest laughs of the year. These memories, along with all my others, will be cherished forever.

Gina Holick
3 months ago

I wanted to share this beautiful photo I had taken from Carrie & James’ wedding. Though I didn’t know Doug well, I could tell he was very sweet, kind, and loved his family.

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
3 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Douglas Michael Morea, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy Veteran, Douglas Michael Morea, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Gina Holick
3 months ago

My sincere condolences to the Morea family, Chelsea, and all extended family. ❤️❤️❤️ My love and prayers go out to you during this difficult time.