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A man of many talents and interests, Douglas Glen Turner, age 79 passed away on October 8, 2021 from pneumonia. Born to Glen H. Turner and Lucille Fugal Turner on September 15, 1942, Doug was raised in Springville, Utah. He was fun loving and mischievous; many of his adventures were captured in the “Kid Posse” books written by his buddy R. Kent Tipton. In 1960 Doug graduated from Springville High School where he was active in the Ski Club and sang with a calypso trio, The Calypsonians. At age 17, Doug and Marie Wentz were married (9 years) and together had 3 sons and one daughter.
Doug married his companion of 52 years, Susan Rasmussen, on September 26, 1969. Doug and Susan added another daughter to round out the family. Early on the couple resided in Boulder Creek, California, and then returned to Utah to be closer to family. For the past 45 years, Doug and Susan have lived in Pleasant Grove in the house Doug designed and meticulously maintained.
Doug’s professional life included working at, and later purchasing (with 2 partners) Southeast Service Station in Springville as well as two additional locations in Lindon and Salt Lake. He then worked as a traveling book salesman. He spent about 34 years in the oil distribution industry. In California he worked for Quaker State Motor Oil as a sales rep. Upon return to Utah, he worked for S&H Green Stamps briefly, followed by 31 years with Peerless Oil, later bought by Pennzoil and then Shell Oil before he retired in 2005.
Doug gladly left the commute from Pleasant Grove to Beck Street (in North Salt Lake) and his work as branch manager to spend his retirement pursuing his passions. Doug developed an early love for cars as evidenced by him purchasing a 1929 La Salle with a tree growing up through the middle of if it in 1968. Doug’s father restored the La Salle, which Doug maintained and later gave to his oldest son. Doug also restored a 1948 Pontiac, 1941 Chevy and a 1937 Oldsmobile convertible coup.
He scoured the country looking for car parts, taught himself how to do upholstery work and took a class on car restoration. Doug pursued his interests avidly and with an eye to perfection. He was an enthusiastic golfer and belonged to Riverside Country Club for many years. He was a keen reader, having read the collected works of Mark Twain, as well as numerous biographies and political books. Following in his father’s footsteps, in the final years of his life he became an accomplished and prolific pencil sketch and water color artist. He enjoyed listening to jazz piano music (Beegie Adair was a favorite).
Touring with old car clubs was a staple for Doug and his father and more recently his sons. Much to some of his grandchildren’s chagrin, Doug’s preferred family vacations involved driving to state or national parks, staying in motels, eating in diners, and golfing at dumpy municipal courses. He loved to take “rainbow rides” and drive around to wherever to look at whatever. Last month Doug and Susan celebrated their anniversary by driving to Green River, Utah, just to get melons and have lunch at Ray’s Tavern.
Doug’s children fondly remember their fun ski outings, the multiple road trips to Sterling, Idaho, and St. George, Utah, as well as their dad teaching them to play poker and Blackjack. Doug was instrumental in creating and maintaining cherished family traditions, including the Turner Family Golf Scramble, barbeques on Father’s Day, and pizza on Christmas Eve. Doug was exemplary in attending sporting events, recitals, plays, and graduations.
Doug loved “going to coffee” with his buddies. In the course of a full life, he made many friends who appreciated his youthful hijinks, his level of craftsmanship, and his quick wit. He was a loyal friend, a deep listener, an aficionado of sliced cheddar cheese and in death, as in life, considered showing up early to be on time.
Doug is survived by his wife Susan; 5 children: Clark (Pam) Turner, Ward Turner, Bradley Turner, Carrie (Bryan) Taylor, and Sally (Mark) Johnson; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings Rebecca Rosenlof and Jon (Marie) Turner; and brothers-in-law Wayne Hicks and Sonny Braun. Doug was preceded in death by his parents, sister Sharon Hicks, and sister Laurel Braun.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:00 am in the North Field Fourth Ward Chapel, 408 West 1300 North, Pleasant Grove. Family and friends may attend a viewing Thursday evening, October 14, 2021, at the church from 6:00-8:00 pm and also on Friday from 9:30-10:30 am prior to funeral services. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
Flowers may be delivered to the church after 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, 2021.
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