Douglas Edward Wilson

Douglas Edward Wilson
October 4, 1952 ~
April 25, 2013

Douglas Edward Wilson, age 60, faithful and devoted husband and father, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on April 25, 2013 after a hard-fought battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7) He was born on October 4, 1952 in American Fork, UT, the youngest of Edward Archie and Belle (Harris) Wilson. Doug felt that he had a magical childhood growing up in American Fork. He graduated from American Fork High School in 1971. He was a proud Caveman and remained friends for life with many of his classmates. He ran track, played football and found a love for comedy doing imitations of Bill Cosby and Mark Twain. He spent the summers before and during college working in the pineapple fields in Hawaii and after graduating from college secured a full time position recruiting for them. He moved on in his career after 6 years of working with the program, but always had a love of Hawaii and made it a priority to visit there several times during his life.
He faithfully served a two-year mission to New Zealand for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had a great love for both the people he served and those he served with. After his mission he attended and graduated from Brigham Young University. Doug married Diane Denise Akers on November 16, 1979 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had a marriage that most would envy and always put each other first. They brought three wonderful children into their family and taught them to love and serve others through their example. Family was always a priority to Doug. He loved taking family vacations, going to his children's events, or any other chance to just be together. Doug had a varied career but most recently ran his own successful business, Silverstone Systems. He continued working until a few days before his death and was known as a man of integrity and was well loved by those with whom he associated. Doug was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spent countless hours serving others. He spent 5 years serving as a bishop, he loved his ward members and they loved him. Doug had a way of making everyone around him feel important and valued. He will be missed by so many people. Doug was preceded in death by his daughter, Shelly Marie, and his parents. He is survived by his wife Diane; his son Ryan (Kimberly) Wilson; his daughter Ashley (David) West; his brother Kay (Joyce) Wilson; and sisters Enid (Don) Bennett and Alice (Christian) Benson; his first grandchild, Reese Nicole Wilson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. Special thanks to Dr. Legant and Dr. Halwani, and the nurses and staff at The Huntsman Cancer Institute for their compassion, kindness and care. Funeral services will be held at the LDS Chapel located at 7350 S. 3200 W. in West Jordan, UT on Thurs., May 2, 2013 at 11:00am. Viewings will be held at the chapel on Wed. May 1, 2013 from 6-8pm and again Thurs. from 9:00-10:30am. Interment at the cemetery in American Fork City located at 26 W. 600 N.

Published in Deseret News on Apr. 28, 2013