Doug was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa and is fourth generation South African. His family moved to America where he went to school and graduated from Abilene Christian University. Doug met his wife Joy Hulett while attending ACU, now married for 36 years. Doug and Joy live in McKinney Texas and have one son, Ian Michael. Doug is the youngest son of Dr. Ian and June Fair, long time preacher and missionary to South African, and former Dean of College of Biblical Studies at Abilene Christian University.