Douglas A. Ferguson
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Douglas A. Ferguson

This is my "hello" and my "farewell". It is my wish to say farewell to all of my family and friends. I have enjoyed having you learn and experience life alongside me. I have learned a lot and I have enjoyed many wonderful experiences, but now it is time for me to make the transition. A special goodbye to my beautiful daughters, Heather Joy and Heidi Lin. I love you dearly and when I need to speak to you, I will go into my heart, where you will always be.

I inhaled my first breath on May 4, 1945, along with my two triplet brothers, Jack and Bob. My parents, David and Dorothy McCrystal Ferguson and my older brother Brad thought there would only be one additional playmate to live in their one-bedroom apartment in Chicago, Illinois. Boy they were surprised! We moved to Franklin Park, where I attended East Leyden HS and went on to Iowa Wesleyan College 1964-1968. While attending IWC, I played basketball and was an All-American. I was inducted into the IWC Hall of Fame in 2005. I married my high school sweetheart in December 1967, graduated in May of 1968 and attended graduate school at Illinois State University where I received my Master's Degree in Counseling. My daughter Heidi was born in 1970 and while I was employed at several community colleges, my second daughter Heather was born, in 1974.

I moved to Phoenix in 1981, and was employed at South Mountain Community College as an Athletic Director and Health Education Instructor. I received my Doctorate in 1987 and continued to work at South Mountain until 2007, when I retired. I have been privileged to have 5 wonderful grandchildren; Spencer, Arden, Shea, Jorden and Kayden. I will miss their beautiful smiles and probing questions. They were a delight in my life. I will miss everyone, but I must leave to a new and wonderful adventure and experience.

I tried to live my life to Dance, as though no one was watching; Sing, as though no one was listening; Love, as though I've never been hurt and Live, as though heaven was on earth.

It is time to close and say farewell. I am sure we will meet again, although we don't know when or where. Enjoy life, you will all be in my spirit forever. Written by Douglas Ferguson

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jun. 26 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 14, 2020
Thanks for sending John. I have many fond memories of Doug in our younger years of those summers that could have been but never were. More recently we had those long distance conversations and though we never solved any world problems, we brought a lot of laughter into each others lives. I will miss those talks.
Jackie (Krutkiewicz) Malpede
July 13, 2020
Doug was a class act. My sincere sympathy goes out to his family and friends. We have lost a good one. Rest In Peace
Doug Eden
July 13, 2020
I remember meeting you at the playground at Maine School in Franklin Park in about 1960, just before we both headed to Leyden. You were popular, handsome, fun and always so warm and friendly toward everyone. You certainly will be missed.
Diane Webber-Eden
July 13, 2020
We were friends for 65 years. Very good friends. I will miss you.
John Thackray
June 30, 2020
I will always remember the day I first met you at South Mountain College. You welcomed me to SMCC with open arms and with an even more open heart. You always exemplified an attitude of gratitude and appreciation, and constantly offered to step up to help wherever you were needed. More over, I will always remember a question you often asked me, "How are YOU doing in the midst of all we are experiencing?" And then you listened!
Peace, light, love and blessings as you embark on your celestial journey.
Johnny A. Cordova
June 29, 2020
Although I was privileged to know Doug only one year as I transferred to East Leyden my senior year and played basketball with him, my memories of his wonderful personality are very fond. He was very friendly, witty and had a great sense of humor (not to mention a great basketball player). I am sad to hear of his passing and our prayers will go out for his family. The article mentions his "high school sweetheart" but no name ? God bless you Doug. Tom Chapman
Tom Chapman
June 28, 2020
Finest athletic director I ever worked with. A true gentleman, a real professional and a dear friend. He will be missed.
Miguel Crame
June 28, 2020
Dearest Doug, Family and Friends,
As in life...may your spirit/ be Dancing as if no one is watching, along with your other family members in Heaven...and Dancing with the Angels too! You will be missed dearly...but "In our hearts" you were in ours!! I will always cherish our last, beautiful, funny and witty conversation...My sincerest condolences and deepest of sympathies to your entire beautiful family and those that were blessed and lucky enough to have known you, or called you their friend...Rest in Heavenly Peace, Doug...but you'll Dance, Love and Live on in our hearts, always!!
Once a sister-in-law...always a sister-in-law!
Patti Ferguson
June 28, 2020
Patti Ferguson
June 28, 2020
My condolences.I only met Doug a few times but his brother Bob is my brother-in-law and if was anything like him he must have been a fine man.
John Allred
June 28, 2020
Doug was one of the greatest friends/mentor/and role model a person could wish for. I was lucky enough to know and love him. He will forever be missed my me and my family. Doug, you will forever be in our hearts, and I will miss seeing your smiling face.
Sophie Baca
June 27, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
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