Douglas Richard Skeen, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at the age of 77, at his home in Reno, Nevada, surrounded by his family.
Douglas was born on April 12, 1945, in Ogden, Utah, to Frank V. and Mabel West Skeen, the middle of seven children. When he was six months old, the family relocated from Plain City, Utah, to Nyssa, Oregon, where they could purchase farmland and provide opportunities for their family. His early years spent on the farm in Nyssa helped build many character traits that made him successful for the rest of his life.
At Nyssa High School, Doug played football, basketball, and baseball and ran track. He lettered in football as a freshman and played all four years as a varsity running back. Doug received a scholarship to play football at Weber State and played there for one year before serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the North Central States Mission in 1964. After returning from his mission, he enrolled at Brigham Young University, majoring in Accounting. Following graduation, he worked for an accounting firm in Portland, Oregon, before returning to Brigham Young University to get his Masters in Accountancy, which he completed in 1971.
While living and working in Salt Lake City in 1973, he met Linda Baldwin, who was finishing her degree at Brigham Young University. They were married in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on May 2, 1975. While involved in multiple business ventures, they lived in Tampa, Florida; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Puerto Rico before starting their family. Following the birth of their oldest daughter Kelly in Tampa, they moved to Southern California to begin the next phase of life. Doug and Linda raised their five children between Irvine, Mission Viejo, and Coto de Caza. After 35 years in Orange County, they moved to a beautiful mountain community in Reno, Nevada. Here, Doug was surrounded by the beauty of Lake Tahoe, three of their children, and many of their grandchildren.
Doug has always had an entrepreneurial spirit throughout his many businesses over the years. He loved business and the complex nature of buying, building up something, and then selling it for a profit. Doug was a partner in various companies such as lumber, concrete pipe, clocks, housewares, software, gas, and oil. Throughout his life, he valued education and hard work at whatever you were doing. He always said, “Work hard and play hard, just don’t mix the two.”
Although Doug’s life was filled with business ventures, meetings, and traveling, the place he loved most was being with his family, kids, and 13 grandkids. He never missed a game, concert, program, or school event invitation and enjoyed watching his kids and grandkids succeed. Doug and Linda were a dynamic and supportive spousal partnership. In Doug’s words, “I give my greatest thanks to my spouse Linda for making the past 47 years more than I ever dreamed of pre-marriage in 1975. She has provided the greatest influence on my life.” A deep love of family, service and devotion to God were hallmarks of his life, and his grandkids were his pride and joy.
Doug is survived by his wife, Linda; daughter and son-in-law, Tim and Kelly Plewe, Corona, CA; daughter and son-in-law, Jeff and Tracy Pickett, Reno, NV and US Virgin Islands; daughter and son-in-law, Ryan and Megan Spiers, Reno, NV; son and daughter-in-law, McKay and Audrey Skeen, Liberty, MO; daughter and son-in-law, Joe and Morgan Carnation, Reno, NV; and 13 grandchildren; sister-in-law, Patricia Skeen, Eugene, OR; sister, Nancy and John Mulder, Provo, UT; brother, Trace and MaryAnn Skeen, Logan, UT; brother, Paul and Merlyn Skeen, Nyssa, OR; and sister, Pam and Paul Hartman, Encinitas, CA.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 5 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints, at 4850 Edmonton Drive, Reno, Nevada 89511. The viewing will be held on Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the church.
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A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 13, 2023 from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. A brief graveside service will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the West Weber Cemetery, 4590 West 950 North, Ogden, Utah 84404