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1922 - 2016 In Memoriam Condolences
DOUGLAS RITCHIE SALE December 30, 1922 ~ December 2, 2016 Doug was born in Red Bluff on December 30, 1922 in the house still standing on the corner of Gilmore Ranch Road and Sale Lane. He was the sixth child, fourth son of Mary Lindley Sale and Ritchie Sale. He attended Lincoln Elementary and graduated from Red Bluff High School in 1940. He served in the Air Force from 1942-45; attended Sacramento Junior College and graduated from UCLA in 1948, where he played both basketball and baseball. After graduating, he taught PE and coached at Hayward High School from 1948-51 and Covina High School from 1951-52. In 1952, he returned to UCLA to be an assistant basketball coach to John Wooden and assistant baseball coach to Art Reichle. In 1953 he completed his Masters in Education at Stanford. In August of that year he married the former Mary Suzanne Waltz. They lived in Los Angeles for another year before returning to Red Bluff to build a home and raise their three children on the Sale Ranch near his mother, two brothers and sister and, eventually 13 nieces and nephews. He has lived on or within walking distance of the ranch for the past 60 years and could not imagine living anywhere else. Doug spent his entire professional career in education. Anyone who knew Doug, knows that he loved to "coach", whether it was on a field, a court or any other venue conducive to a one on one discussion. From 1954-84, with a break from 1971-1977, he worked at Red Bluff High School and the Tehama County Office of Education. He served on the Mosquito Abatement and Opportunity Center Boards for over 25 years, has been a member of the Rotary Club and the Elks Club for over 50 years, member of the Paul Harris Society, and was a longtime member of Wilcox Oaks Golf Club. Besides family, golf and coaching/sports, Doug loved his friends telling stories, joking, and teasing. His daily "Coffee" group, trips to town to deliver peaches, visit Growneys or home bound friends were considered hours well spent and enjoyed. One of his favorite sayings was "I don't tease people I don't like". He was a loyal and generous friend to many. Doug is survived by his wife, Suzanne, daughters Ellen (Martin Jaffe) of Oakland, CA, Cara (Mark Ritchie) of Santa Monica, CA, son, Kevitt (Nancy) of Huntington Beach, CA, 5 grandsons and 2 granddaughters, numerous nieces and nephews. He is the last of the eight Sale siblings. A private family gathering will be planned. The family requests donations to either the State Theater for the Arts or the Red Bluff High School Scholarship Fund.,
Published in Daily News on Dec. 6, 2016
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