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Douglas Darrell Gregg
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Douglas Darrell Gregg was born to Margaret Mae Massengill and Stanley Whittaker Gregg on April 5, 1935. He was followed by two sisters, Norma Faye and Candice Elaine. He became an avid basketball player hanging out at the local community recreation center, played on the high school team, made all state, and won a scholarship to Atlantic Christian College from which he graduated in 1957. He followed with a tour of duty in the Marine Corps and then a mission to southern California for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He came to Salt Lake City to work for New York Life Insurance Company soon after his mission because his Mission President was a general manager for the company and believed Doug would be a great salesperson. He was hired by Sterling W. Sill, a general authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a great leader in the insurance company. Doug actually tutored Brother Sill’s son during his agency trainee year.

Prior to coming to Salt Lake City, Doug became engaged to Mary Ann Gregg whom he married June 12, 1961. They enjoyed six lovely daughters who survive him after his death September 30, 2017:

Jenine Marble (Dave) South Jordan, UT
April Scott Gilbert, AZ
Holly Heyborne (Bryan) Herriman, UT
Hope Shulsen (Ted) South Jordan, UT
Maryann Renteria South Jordan, UT
Summer Ferguson (Chad) Saratoga Springs, UT

Doug was very proud of all of his daughters and enjoyed their many accomplishments during the growing up years. He also adored eighteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He spent time teaching the boys how to shoot hoops the best way and cheering them on no matter what the sport.

Doug served in many callings in his church over the years: Bishop’s counselor, High Councilman, teacher, counselor to High Priest Group leader, etc. His very favorite calling came more recently as he served as a ward missionary. He became famous for passing out pass along cards to Wal-Mart customers. He talked often of his desire to go to the spirit world to serve as a missionary for Jesus Christ. He truly had a strong testimony of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. He loved to bear that testimony often as Riverside 7th Ward members would vouch. And the bishop would have to pull on his jacket to cut his time. He could talk long and hard about the gospel principles and about anything to do with sports!

Doug had a definite sense that he was about to go to the spirit world as evidenced by conversations that he had with a grandson and a daughter as well as his wife. He vehemently told his wife and the paramedic team not to try to save him. In fact, he came out of an unconscious state with a hand gesture to provide his warning to them and lapsed right back into unconsciousness. He was ready to go.

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