Doug Adams

December 5, 1952 – March 10, 2020

written by Stephanie Cofell

That dash.

That dash is a lifetime.

What did Doug do with his dash? He created pure joy.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio…Husband, father, Senior Minister, Reverend, and folk singer who was greatly influenced by Woody Guthrie, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey. Also, an avid golfer, who described himself as a “blue collar, regular kind of guy” and “not a sci-fi writer”. Doug was a beloved and legendary fixture at many Ohio locales including The Meeting Place on Market in Lima, OH.

Doug was a tremendous supporter of our Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) community. He was our friend and registrar from 2014 to 2018. Doug was neither an agent nor a manager, he was not a talent buyer of a regular concert series, festival or venue. He was, plain and simple, a lover of folk music and the people who created and shared the same magic he did with their talents and gifts.

Doug was married for 43 years to his sweetheart, Linda Sue Adams, and to this union was born their one and only (and quite fabulous) daughter, Jen Adams.

Doug was so much more than words could ever describe. Over these past few days, these descriptors have been used time and time again as we share our wonderful memories of the beautiful soul that was Doug:

Inspiring, helpful, generous, a great listener, a man of integrity, supportive, patient, kind, deep admiration, nurturing, gracious, authentic, encouraging, motivating, sincere, funny, thoughtful, sensitive, compassionate.And so much more.

If you found yourself struggling in music or in life, a good conversation with Doug would unburden you, sending you off in peace and with a renewed sense of direction and purpose.

Throughout the decades and the multitudes of lives he touched, people consistently use this word the most often, above all, to describe Doug:


The man was made of pure, unadulterated love.

And we are all better for having known him.

In Doug’s honor, if you have not already included “Puff the Magic Dragon” in your repertoire, please add it now, perform it regularly and have people join in for an enthusiastic sing along.

His memory will live on through us all.

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