Douglas Fricke, 23, manager of a Florida travel agency who was a former resident of Bethesda, died Saturday in an auto accident on U.S. Rte. 19 in the Port Richey, Fla., area.

Mr. Fricke had moved to Florida six months ago to become manager of the Spring Hill Travel Agency in Spring Hill, Fla.

Prior to that, he had worked for two years as a ticket agent for the American Express Co. in Washington. He also had been a carrier for The Washington Post for five years.

Mr. Fricke was born in Washington and reared in Bethesda, where he lived until moving to New Port Richey, Fla. He was a graduate of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda and had attended Towson State College in Baltimore.

He had participated in the athletic program of the Maplewood Boys Club of the Capital Beltway League, where he played offensive center and linebacker on the football team, outfielder on the baseball team, and was a lightweight wrester.

Mr. Fricke was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Bethesda.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry W.L. Fricke III, and two brothers, Mark and Keith, all of Bethesda; a sister, Donna Klepper, of Charlottesville, Va.; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fricke II, of Union Springs, Ala., and Carrie Whitmill, of College Park.