After some difficult medical problems, Doug Wright returned to his heavenly home on October 3.
He was born in Bisbee, Arizona on September 16, 1947 to Chester and Darleen Farrimond Wright who preceded him in death. His brothers, Tom, Gene, Dave, and Bob also preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannine Huish Wright, his son Samuel, his sisters – Marilyn Kobylanski and Bonnie Gauchay of Utah – his brother Stan Wright of California, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Doug attended school in Bisbee and graduated from Bisbee High School in 1965. He went on to the University of Arizona where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in History/Education and became an extremely devoted UofA Wildcat. He began his teaching career in Douglas at Apache Jr. High School in 1970. He had such a great love for the classroom and his students, some of who still kept in touch with him.
In 1974 he met his wife Jeannine and they were married May 9, 1975 for all time and eternity in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple. They have enjoyed each other’s love and companionship for 38 years.
In 1977 they moved to the Phoenix area and Doug taught in the Peoria School District. In 1980 they moved to Provo, Utah where Doug earned a Masters Degree in Educational Administration. Doug worked as a manager of Checker Auto Stores in Utah Valley, but decided he wanted to return to his first love, education. They moved back to Douglas in 1987. Doug taught at Lowell School in Bisbee and later worked in administration for Douglas Public Schools. At the end of his career he ended up teaching History at DHS and really loved being back in the classroom where he had closer interaction with his students. He then retired in 2009. Doug and Jeannine always wondered what brought them back to Douglas until 1994 when they found their sweet son, Samuel.
Samuel and Doug were very close and Samuel was a great blessing to him, helping him through his last days on earth. Sports was one of Doug’s great loves. He played some football in high school and later enjoyed softball as a married man. He coached Little League and Middle School football and basketball for years. In Bisbee he was the Varsity Girl’s Basketball Coach. He refereed football and basketball here in Arizona and Utah as well. He even kept up with football and soccer by running the clock when he no longer coached. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in many capacities over the years. He truly had a testimony of Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation that guided his way of life here on earth. We will miss his patience, humor and his dedication to our family.
We would like to thank Dr. Heidi Lodge for her loving care of Doug through all of his illnesses and give thanks to all of those who have sent condolences and shared sweet memories they have of Doug.
A viewing will be Saturday, October 12, from 9 to 10:30 A.M. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 2800 15th Street in Douglas. Funeral services will follow at 11 A.M. at the Church with Bishop Ernest Almada conducting.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Brown-Page Mortuary.