Douglas Housman, Long Beach track star, 76


The Hausman family is heartbroken to announce the untimely passing of their beloved son, brother, father, grandfather and friend Douglas Hausman after a short battle with pancreatic cancer at 76.

Hausman was a lifetime athlete. He began his love of sport at Long Beach High School where he set track records in the half-mile, two-mile, and cross-country events and was inducted to the Long Beach Hall of Fame.

He was well-known as one of the first leaders of surfing in Lido Beach, Long Beach, Montauk Point and the surrounding beach communities, winning numerous contests and competitions and was the first 16-year-old from Long Island to be invited to surf Pipeline and Makaha on Oahu’s North Shore with famous surfers of that time. He captained the Bunger Surf Team on Long Island and, after moving to California, became the vice president of the Swamis Surfing Association for many years in Encinitas California, where he held fundraisers for ocean awareness and events for physically challenged children and adults.

Doug was also an avid golfer. Golf is a sport he followed in the footsteps of his late father, Bernard Hausman. He leaves behind his mother, Florence A. Madeo Hausman, of Lido Beach, his only daughter Lindsay Marie Hausman Higgins and her two children who live in North Carolina. He’s also survived by his sister Barbara Hausman Plaschaert and her family in southern California, his sister Cathy Hausman Klarin and her family from The Big Island of Hawaii, and many cousins all over the country. In his memory, please support any efforts for the cure and treatment of pancreatic cancer. Memorial Paddle Outs will be held at Swamis and Lido Beach at a future time to be announced.