Douglas Edward Massingale
Douglas Edward Massingale
  • July 19, 1937 - March 16, 2017
  • Phoenix, Arizona

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Douglas E. Massingale, 79 of Phoenix, Arizona, March 16th, 2017
Doug Massingale was born in Los Angeles, California, July 19th, 1937. When Doug was 4 years old his parents moved to Phoenix.
Doug attended Osborn #1, Clarendon and graduated from West Phoenix High School in 1955. After attending the University of Arizona for 1 year during 1956, he joined the U.S. Army in 1957 and served in Korea. He married Ila Faye Childers in 1957 and when he completed his term of service in Korea, he returned and entered Arizona State University in 1961, graduating from ASU with a B.S. in Marketing during 1963.
Doug worked alongside his father E.F. Massingale and other members of their family, operating Moe's Food Fair Market until the business was sold in 1968. In 1969 Doug began working for the Quaker Oats Company in Grocery Product Sales. He worked for Quaker for 25 years, achieving the Chairman's award in 1979 for excellence in account management. He called on business such as A.J. Bayless, El Rancho, Bashas among many others. He was well respected by his customers and served them all with honesty and integrity.
After retiring from Quaker and spending two years working with local food brokers, he embarked on a career in Real Estate sales with John Hall and Associates. He was just as conscientious, and respected in Real Estate, ultimately teaching and mentoring many other agents for that firm.
Doug grew up in Phoenix in the idyllic 1950's. It was during these formative years that he developed his love of Jazz, hot dogs, hot peppers and clothes from Hanny's. He loved Bob's Big Boy hamburgers and fries and cruising Central Avenue with his friends, seeing movies at the Fox, Palms, Vista and Orpheum theaters. He was a life-long Sun Devil Football Fan holding season tickets and attending games for nearly three decades. He loved going to Laguna Beach, listening to the ocean, and was a water and snow skier for many years. Doug had a wonderful sense of humor and was befriended by almost all those he encountered. Upon retiring from Real Estate sales, he devoted much of his time to his grandchildren, whom he adored.
Doug was a member of the Arizona Masonic Lodge No. 2 and a member of the Chris Town YMCA, serving in the Y's Men's Club for over 4 decades.
Doug was married to Ila, his high school sweetheart for 59 years. They have one child, Brian and three grandchildren, Max, Mackey and Matthew.
In addition to his wife, child and grandchildren, he is survived by his brother Tim and sister Claryn.
A Celebration of Doug's life will be held on Saturday, April 1st at 1:00PM at El Chorro Lodge 5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Barrow Neurological Foundation, 350 West Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013.
Arrangements under the direction of A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Bethany Chapel, Phoenix, AZ.

Service for Douglas Edwin Massingale, Saturday, April 1, 2017
Skilled Jazz performers will interpret a tune in very individual ways. When playing, they never play the same composition of notes the same way twice. Their music is owned by them totally, by way of their moods, and their experiences. They play as if they are having a slow and easy conversation with their band members, who as well are playing at their own pace. That cool, easy going music is free from tensions or violence.
Such was the spirit of Douglas Edwin Massingale. Doug loved his jazz music loud, he'd sit back in a chair and just nod to the rhythms and loose himself in the music.
Good afternoon and welcome, my name is Ronda Berkey and I am honored to be with you today to celebrate and pay tribute to the life of Doug Massingale. On behalf of the family, let me thank you for being here today. It is a significant day when we stop to acknowledge the importance of a life and the ways he touched his world.
Your presence here today, means that Doug made a difference in your life and you took the time to honor his special place on this earth.
You have come here out of respect, and your presence here shows the family that they are not alone in their grief.
Good jazz music is reminiscent of the tenor of how Doug led his life. Brian told me his father was very even tempered, not reactionary, just an overall easy going guy. From the collection of stories received from both family and friends; they speak of a man who was tremendously supportive of his family, committed to excellence in his work, and always remained focused on being generous with this time and fellowship to both his family and friends.
Doug was a man who believed in keeping long time connections with friends. Brian said "Dad's hobbies were his friends". He had that vibrant personality that attracted others to him. Doug was very much like the jazz music he loved, it tells a story, Doug had plenty of stories and he told them with remarkable detail.
Jazz interacts with the fellow musicians as well as the audience, Doug interacted with everyone he met. A very good friend, Sharon Redmond spoke of her time with Doug and ILA, visited "The House of Joy" restaurant in Jerome. Doug had befriended the owner, a gentleman named John and I quote Sharon: ".they would take us into the kitchen and Doug and John would carry on a long conversation..Doug could talk to anyone. He loved people and people loved him." I read the same from a childhood friend, Dave Depinto, he described Doug as a universal man, he was loyal to all, dependable, he treated all equally, and everyone liked him. With this gift of openness and an outgoing personality, he continued to collect friends as he served