To view a video tribute for Douglas Leon Beckstead, please click here.\nDouglas L. Beckstead died at home February 7, 2007 in the presence of his children. Douglas was born to Lillie and Martin Beckstead in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1922. Born into a prominent Midvale family, Douglas grew up in a rural area and gained the values that come from good family, a strong community and hard work.\nDouglas married Ora Teeples in 1944 in Salt Lake City and they had 6 children; Bruce (Hanna), Darwin, Vicki, Cerise (Le), Mark and Denise (Lance). They later divorced. Being much more than a father, Douglas raised his children.\nDouglas met Stella Anderson in 1964 and a romance blossomed, they were married in 1965. Stella had 3 daughters; Tina (Lynn) Linnea (Bill), and Maria (Doug). They combined their families and raised these children as their own. The “Brady Bunch” began and continues today. Douglas and Stella were the parents most of us only wish we could be; committed, caring, loving and strong.\nDouglas served proudly during World War II as part of the Army’s 70th Division; the Trailblazers fought their way across France through The Battle of the Ardenne Forest and into Germany. As an infantry squad leader, Douglas called on the values and skills learned back home, he was able to save many lives. After the war, he graduated pharmacy school and opened Beckstead Pharmacy. Douglas loved the outdoors, golf, dancing, a good kiss; but most of all, he loved his family.\nDouglas spent his life helping and caring for others, always before himself. Even though the children gave him many reasons and opportunities, he never raised his voice. He taught us patience, compassion for others, and many other life skills. A man of integrity and wisdom, he is forever our hero.\nDouglas was preceded in death by his dear wife, Stella; and his brother, Darrell. He is survived by his sister, Joyce; his 9 children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren. He missed mom and wanted to spend Valentine’s Day with her—a true love story.\nThe family wishes to thank all who helped care for Douglas. A special thank you to Aaron for your caring and friendship. The deepest appreciation goes to Douglas’ friends and family who expressed their love and care.\nThe viewing will be held on Monday, February 12, 2007, at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State Street, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. where a short service will also follow at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be at Murray City Cemetery. After the interment, all are invited to the club house at Vine Street East Condominiums until 5:30 p.m.