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Doris Alspaugh Tusch


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Doris Alspaugh Tusch Obituary
Doris Alspaugh Tusch February 27, 1931 - September 23, 2018 San Diego On September 23, 2018, the heavens opened their gates to the lovely Doris Alspaugh Tusch who passed from this life in the presence of loved ones. Her passing was the final chapter of a full and plentiful life well lived.Born in Moorewood, Oklahoma, on February 27, 1931, to Floyd and Syrena Harney Boal, she was the second of three daughters. As with many families in those Depression years, Doris spent her life relocating in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and finally in Nampa, Idaho, where she graduated from Nampa High School in 1949.In 1956, Doris put her strong work ethic to work for the JR Simplot Company in their Boise corporate office for the next 17 years. She served as Mr. Simplot's personal assistant and later corporate secretary for Lloyd Haight, General Counsel. This commitment brought wonderful memories and lifelong friendships. A career she considered one of the highlights of her life.During this time, Doris spent several years with her good friend and companion, Rich Shutz and his three lovely daughters, Lynna Bolton, Christy Shutz, and Holly Houston. Rich and Doris had many fun Friday nights bowling on the Evans Refrigeration Team, with a good poker game afterwards. In 1973, Doris sought new horizons and moved to San Diego to become the Event and Catering Manager at the prestigious Bahia Hotel in San Diego for several years.In 1975, Doris married her long-time friend, Don Tusch, a local real estate investor. For years thereafter, they traveled and cruised throughout the world. They attended all but one of the grand slam tennis tournaments. They traveled to Maui annually to attend the stockholder's meeting at the Maui Napili Kai Resort, their recreational retreat, sharing this beautiful island with family and friends. They were dedicated members of the Peninsula Lions Club for many years.Doris loved tennis. She played tennis nearly every week for 20 years with a very special group of ladies fondly known as the "The Ranas" (Madeline, Rosie, Kelly, Caresse, and Barbara). Doris was a founding member of the San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club. She continued to play tennis until late in life, even after back injuries and eye problems slowed her down.Loving the ocean and beach, Doris' crowning glory was the beach house she designed and built in Ocean Beach. She always felt this was her lasting legacy for her family and special out-of-town friends for years to come.After Don passed in 2009, Doris moved back to Idaho to be close to her good friends, Vickie and Mike Chaney. This would be her final move, and though she missed the warm weather of San Diego during the winter, she always said Idaho's scenic beauty made up for it. She was a generous and charitable lady to her family and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Syrena Boal, her sister Novella Waltz, and her nephew Ted Patrick. She is survived by sister Lawana Patrick Thomas (Bob) of California, her nephews, James Patrick (Kathy) of California, and Steven Waltz (Arlene) of Alabama, her niece Kolette Toro (Jon) of California, stepdaughters Susan Rackley (Ivy) of San Diego, and Donna Rose (Mark) of North Carolina, a great-niece and numerous great-nephews. She was very proud of her "grandsons" Evan and Trevor Brown who fondly called her "Granny Doris". Doris loved, and will be missed by, her close friend of 48 years, Vickie Chaney, and her husband Mike of Meridian, Idaho.Contributions can be made in memory of Doris Tusch to the Peninsula Lions Club, 1537 Rosecrans Street, Suite D, San Diego, CA 92106, or . Condolences/memories for family and friends can be sent to: [email protected] celebration of life will be held at the Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island in San Diego on Sunday, October 14, 2018, from 2 to 4 pm.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Oct. 7, 2018
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