Dr. Douglas Allen Lien, 63, took his final flight on March 1, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. He was born July 7, 1950, in Brookings, S.D. to Elizabeth and David Lien.
Dr. Lien attended South Dakota University and graduated from New York University College of Dentistry with a doctor’s degree in dental surgery. In 1986, he began as a volunteer dentist at the King County Jail in Seattle, Wash.
Dr. Lien traveled to Alaska and found it was where he would call home. Dr. Lien returned to school for two years while in Anchorage as an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he taught courses for aspiring dental hygienists in 1988.
Throughout his life, Dr. Lien provided support to fellow dentists by caring for their patients while they were in need. Dr. Lien assisted in many dental practices throughout Alaska, all geared toward helping low-income families.
In January, 1993, Dr. Lien opened his own practice in Anchorage. He then started as a volunteer dentist in the bush of Yakutat, Alaska in October of 1994. He practiced dentistry in Anchorage from 1986-1994. It was during this time that he found his soulmate, Carla.
In 1994 Dr. Lien and Carla moved to Homer and opened a dental practice, “Premium Aspect Dentistry,” geared toward helping lower-income individuals and families.
In March of 1995, Dr. Lien started a monthly children’s Medicaid service. Soon after the pair setup residence in Homer, they married, beginning a new chapter in their lives. It was through his marriage to Carla that Dr. Lien expanded his family, gaining two step-daughters, both of whom graced him with the joy of grandchildren.
Dr. Lien also enjoyed a passion for flight. As a licensed small-aircraft pilot, he chose to use his flying skills through volunteering as an officer in the U.S. Civil Air Patrol.
Dr. Lien also loved teaching his step-daughter Andriah and his grandson Tyler how to fly various aircrafts.
Throughout his life, Dr. Lien brought many smiles to the faces of others — and he fixed a few, too. Those who knew him will surely remember him as being passionate in his views and his knack for quick wit.
Dr. Lien is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Carla, step-daughters Andriah Mohr and Lisa Jacobs, their spouses Kelly Mohr and Chris Jacobs, grand-children Mara and Tyler Mohr, Cameron and Ashley Jacobs, his mother Elizabeth Lien, his brother Fred Lien, his sister Carol Lien and her husband Dr. Sandy Berry.
A Celebration of Life service was held at Homer’s Land’s End Resort on Friday.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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