Douglass Toya

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Douglass W. Toya

In Memoriam

One of God's miracles arrived on May 19, 1973 when Douglass Wayne Toya was born to Ronald Toya and his wife Glenda (Wood) Toya.

Doug loved and called Jemez Pueblo home. He often recalled how he would sit on the rocks above the Pueblo with his great-grandfather, Jack Toya, who would tell him stories and point out landmarks. He also loved his grandfather, Elmo Wood, who taught him to be a body man and love Mustangs, and enjoy auto racing from South Albuquerque to NASCAR. He grew especially close to his aunt, Jan (Wood) Deyoe.

After his parents' divorce, Doug attended Amarillo High School and in 1999 graduated from West Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Finance.

Fearing no challenge with what he called a "Texas can do attitude," he started his own mortgage company during his final year in college. That's when he bought his first Corvette, trading in his Firebird and putting the balance on credit cards, yet never having to pay interest. He later moved to Plano, Texas with his cat, Sylvester, where he worked as a financial analyst with various entities including settlement companies, banking, mortgages, helping friends in their businesses and free lancing on speculative projects.

He had an analytical mind, a deep thinking mind, and used it with his work in finance and also to make sure his Cowboys made the right selection on NFL draft day. He had a strong sense of humor and it was not unusual to spend your time with him laughing and sparring together. He also had a good dose of charm for the ladies. And he had just enough cynicism to make you cringe, on purpose.

He treasured freedom at work and in his personal life. Freedom helped him be productive at work and be adventurous when not working. He made his own life decisions and bought a Harley-Davidson Softtail so he could "do" Sturgis, not just go to Sturgis. He later had his first and only motorcycle accident. He chose the New York Yankees and "did" the Baseball Hall of Fame, twice.

Once you made a friend of Doug, you made a friend for life - any race, persons as different as night and day. He had great empathy and sensitivity and was a moral man. James 1:17 tells us all our blessings come from God. For Doug, this especially included his friends.

What did he hate: political correctness; and hypocrisy - if you believe it, own it. It takes courage to be complex and multi-faceted in today's black and white world.

Doug passed away in March 2018 of natural causes. Cremation was handled by Allen Family Funerals of Plano. Well over 50 friends celebrated Doug's life with a gathering and a Harley ride on Sunday, April 8.

Our blessing was having his life mixed with ours. Many have stated, "I'm glad to have been a part of his life." At age 44 he was just getting started. Our despair is defeated because Doug is with God and God is with us. Doug is now with old friends and making new ones.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 16, 2018