Graham W. Doxey|
March 30, 1927 - October 13, 2013
Graham was born in Salt Lake City, Utah as the second child of Graham Hayes Doxey and Leone Blanche Watson Doxey with an older sister Margery Doxey Hatch (deceased) and two younger brothers David and Roger. He grew up in Salt Lake City until his senior year of high school when his family moved to Louisville, Kentucky for his father to serve as a mission president. After high school he joined the Navy and went to China to serve at the end of WWII. He served as a missionary in the Central Atlantic States Mission.
Graham married Mary Louise Young on June 22, 1950, and together began a remarkable family experience. They are the parents of 12 children (1 deceased-Amie), 84 grandchildren (3 deceased), and 92 great-grandchildren. His surviving children are Diane Jones (Max), Carol Richards (Stephen), Marilee Page (Richard), Graham (Donna), Robert (Denise), Lisa Patch (Timothy), Scott (Annelle), Margaret Ann Boud (Thomas), Rebecca Schettler (Richard), Sarah Sheffield (Joseph), and Mary Kim Oswald (Kevan).
With his brothers and Jay Layton Graham continued the partnership at Doxey-Layton begun by their fathers Graham H. Doxey and Howard Layton. They developed commercial and residential real estate including well known properties like Foothill Village. Graham also served his community on the Salt Lake County Zoning Commission and on the University of Utah Alumni Board.
For his church Graham served in many capacities including - Bishop, High Councilor, and Stake President at the University of Utah Student Stake spanning over 12 years. He served as Mission President of the Missouri Independence Mission. His years in Missouri changed his life as he remained involved with the development of the church there the rest of his life. He served as Second Counselor in the General Young Men Presidency, as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, and as a sealer in the Salt Lake Temple. His years serving in Manti, Utah as the President of the Manti Temple were choice years that he cherished.
Of all the titles he earned during his life, Dad and Grandpa Lou are his favorite. He quietly dedicated his life to his family and his God. He taught without preaching, led without compulsion, loved without condition, and lived without pretense. He was faithful without fanfare in his many responsibilities at church, at work, and in the community. Professionally he developed real estate. Personally, he developed people. His love for his God, his wife, and his posterity is pure and evident in everything he did and said. He will be greatly missed and deeply loved by his family and all those who had the privilege of knowing and learning from him through his 86 years on this earth.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Foothill Stake Center, 1933 South 2100 East. A visitation will be held on Sunday evening from 6-8 pm at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, as well as from 9:45-10:45 am, prior to the services at the church. Interment to follow the services in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund or Temple Patron Fund in memory of Graham at www.ldsp.org, 801-422-4444 or 800-525-8074.
Published in Deseret News from Oct. 17 to Oct. 20, 2013