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Douglas Simpson

Douglas Simpson

Douglas Paul Simpson was born on November 4th 1949 in Salt Lake City to the parents of Pauline and Eugene Simpson. He grew up in Salt Lake with an older brother Stewart and a younger sister Jolene. He went to Highland High School where he was an All-State football player and met his high school sweetheart Nancy. After two and half years of blissful dating, they married and continued their love story for 49 years.

He attended Utah State University where he played football and finished his studies with a degree in Business at the University of Utah. He then moved onto Pepperdine School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate. After law school Doug opened his firm in Utah, where he set an example of hard work, integrity and dedication for his family.

Doug enjoyed reading, watching old westerns and World War II history. He found joy when his sons were young by coaching them in basketball and baseball. He loved playing golf with friends and family where he had a passion for searching for lost golf balls. He enjoyed teaching his sons and grandchildren life’s important lessons and became a master in supervising projects he delegated. Doug was great at telling stories and was known for his “dad jokes.” His favorite times were spent with family where he always made sure everyone was happy and taken care of.

Doug always made it a point to make sure his boys knew that one of the reasons he had them, was so they could give him lots of grandchildren. His life was dedicated to his grandchildren and they felt his love and support. He enjoyed every moment he had with his grandchildren, from taking them golfing to supporting them in dance and other sports. His road trips and vacations were legendary but what the grandchildren loved most was just hanging out with him and getting their Grandpa snuggles.

This chapter of his life here on Earth came to an end at the age of 70 on February 8th surrounded with so much love and support to move forward to the next life where he will be greeted by his father Eugene, brother Stewart, and best friend from grade school Paul Osborn and many more family and friends he has missed.

Douglas is survived by his dedicated loving wife Nancy; Sons: Danny – Salt Lake City, Ryan(Chantal)- Salt Lake City Todd(Celeste)- Phoenix, Matthew – Marina Del Rey, and Michael(Mizelle)- Seattle; mother Pauline; grandchildren: Tate, Carter, William, Madison, Kennedy, Brooklyn, Noah, and Beckham. He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene; and his brother, Stewart.

The viewing will be held on Friday, February 14th from 10:00-10:45am followed by a funeral service at 11:00am at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary located at 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah.


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02/11/20 02:09 PM #1    

Kent McLaren

RIP in Doug.Fun loving, great guy. I remember him as everyone's friend. 

Kent McLaren

02/12/20 10:01 AM #2    

Paul Gibson

I remember Doug as one of the friendly, good people. Bon Voyage to you, Doug, and condolences and prayers for peace for your family. 

02/12/20 10:52 AM #3    

Lon LaFlamme

Doug in high school was a wonderful guy. After high school he led an exceptional life in every respect. A life welllived Doug.

02/12/20 11:13 AM #4    

Peg Bodell

 I'll always remember how you and Brent destroyed any romance Mare and might have had after our crazy movie night. Keep making them laugh big guy.

02/12/20 01:39 PM #5    

Brent Palmer

I am sorely missing my lifelong friend Doug. The toughest guy I ever knew on the football field and the nicest guy off it. Doug was full of fun and a joy to be around. Just a few days ago we laughed at the pranks and crazy things we did. One of the really nice guys. Doug will be missed. Farewell good buddy!

02/13/20 07:10 AM #6    

Larry Colton

Brent, you said it best, "The toughest guy I ever knew on the football field and the nicest off it"  Doug was the funest easiest guy to be around.  I'm thankful I reconnected and had a fun conversation with him at our reunion.

02/14/20 03:18 AM #7    

Dennis Drake

Doug was a gentle giant - like Brent said - fierce on the gridiron yet all laughs and smiles off. His older brother Stu was a superstar on Highland’s 1963 State Championship team (the Rams best football team ever, winning Highland’s 3rd state title in five years) and Doug knew that this was his legacy and wanted to make his brother proud. I’ll never forget when we lost a hard fought game near the end of our 1967 senior season and Doug was literally in tears on the field - like it was all on him - and Stu was there hugging him and telling him how proud he was.  Doug was a super special person in every way.  Dennis

02/14/20 03:28 AM #8    

Steven Kimball

I am saddened and surprised at Doug's passing.  We were in the Parley's 7th ward together as well as the four years at Highland.  Doug was always kind and friendly towards me.  I reflect on enjoying pick-up basketball games at the ward gym back in the day with Doug, Brent, and Val. Doug was always truly a good guy.

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