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Douglas Warren

September 28, 1934 — December 24, 2021

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Douglas S. Warren


Douglas Stuart Warren passed away at his home of 48 years in Provo, Utah on Thursday December 24th, 2021 surrounded by family and friends in a spirit of love. Doug was born in West Hollywood, California on September 28th, 1934.

Early Years

Doug grew up on the beaches of Southern California with his dog, Victory. He was an accomplished gymnast, swimmer, diver and bodysurfer. He became a lifeguard at Santa Monica beach and helped develop a life saving system still used on the California beaches today.

At the young age of 17, Doug joined the US Air Force and served in Korea as an Air Force crew chief. He organized and led an Air Force swim team which won numerous competitions against all odds. The GI bill allowed Doug to attend college at Utah State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science in two years. He continued his graduate work at the University of Colorado Boulder Law School.

He founded the Colorado Ski Association. Doug started radio broadcasts informing skiers of the current weather conditions, created a ski magazine, and organized efforts to improve skiing in Colorado.

Marriage, Church and Family

After searching for many years, Doug found and married the love of his life, Betty June Handley. Doug met Betty, his wife of fifty five years in Denver, Colorado when she was working as a flight attendant for United Airlines. They married in 1966 and eventually moved to Portland, Oregon where they started their family and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1969.

His favorite church callings were working with the youth having adventures and playing sports. He loved family trips to Lake Powell and Flaming Gorge along with returning to the beaches of California.

Doug and Betty moved to Provo, Utah in 1973 to raise their family of five children-- Cindy (Brian) Olenslager, Scott (Karen), Brandon (Myla), Darin (Heather) and Cristin (Erik) Pulsipher. Doug is survived by over thirty grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Work and Career

While living in Portland Oregon with his young family, Doug decided to run for his district's House of Representatives in the 1968 election. While succeeding in getting the republican nomination, he went on to lose in the general election (much to Betty's eternal delight since she'd had enough of politics).

Doug then spent his career as a business consultant and real estate developer. He built communities in American Fork, Saratoga Springs and Santaquin, UT. He was passionate about Quality Improvement at a company and individual level and continued consulting well into his 80s. Doug had a unique ability to connect with people on a personal level and aid them in goal setting and personal improvement.

Running and Other Interests

Always a remarkable all-around athlete, Doug didn't discover his passion for running until he was 50. He spent the next three decades winning countless medals all over Utah. His favorite 10K race took him back to his old stomping grounds in Manhattan Beach, CA. His work ethic and legendary tenacity resulted in him running sub-six minute miles well into his 60's.

He shared his love with hundreds of others, working with BYU's womens' track team and becoming a fixture at the Smith Field House.

Doug enjoyed writing and spent hours each day at his computer or notepad. He even wrote a musical later in life.

Loving and Generous Spirit

Doug was an adopter of people in times of need. The family has been grateful to the many neighbors and friends who have visited Doug in his final weeks, giving well wishes and love.

His motto was to Live and Love. "So I greet each morning with a song in my heart and a spring in my step and free my spirit to do something good, even great, and be grateful for doing so."


Graveside service will be held at the Utah Veterans Memorial Park, 17111 South Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, Utah on Thursday, December 30 at 2:00 PM.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 7th, 2022 at the Oak Hills Chapel, located at 1960 N 1500 E in Provo, Utah.

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