Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary

3401 S. Highland Drive, Millcreek, UT


Douglas Paul Simpson

November 4, 1949February 8, 2020

Douglas Paul Simpson was born on November 4th 1949 in Salt Lake City to the parents of Pauline and Eugene Simpson. He grew up in Salt Lake with an older brother Stewart and a younger sister Jolene. He went to Highland High School where he was an All-State football player and met his high school sweetheart Nancy. After two and half years of blissful dating, they married and continued their love story for 49 years.

He attended Utah State University where he played football, and finished his studies with a degree in Business at the University of Utah. He then moved onto Pepperdine School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate. After law school Doug opened his firm in Utah, where he set an example of hard work, integrity and dedication for his family.

Doug enjoyed reading, watching old westerns and World War II history. He found joy when his sons were young by coaching them in basketball and baseball. He loved playing golf with friends and family where he had a passion for searching for lost golf balls. He enjoyed teaching his sons and grandchildren life’s important lessons and became a master in supervising projects he delegated. Doug was great at telling stories and was known for his “dad jokes.” His favorite times were spent with family where he always made sure everyone was happy and taken care of.

Doug always made it a point to make sure his boys knew that one of the reasons he had them, was so they could give him lots of grandchildren. His life was dedicated to his grandchildren and they felt his love and support. He enjoyed every moment he had with his grandchildren, from taking them golfing to supporting them in dance and other sports. His road trips and vacations were legendary but what the grandchildren loved most was just hanging out with him and getting their Grandpa snuggles.

This chapter of his life here on Earth came to an end at the age of 70 on February 8th surrounded with so much love and support to move forward to the next life where he will be greeted by his father Eugene, brother Stewart, and best friend from grade school Paul Osborn and many more family and friends he has missed.

Douglas is survived by his dedicated loving wife Nancy; Sons: Danny – Salt Lake City, Ryan(Chantal)- Salt Lake City Todd(Celeste)- Phoenix, Matthew – Marina Del Rey, and Michael(Mizelle)- Seattle; mother Pauline; grandchildren: Tate, Carter, William, Madison, Kennedy, Brooklyn, Noah, and Beckham. He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene; and his brother, Stewart.

The viewing will be held on Friday, February 14th from 10:00-10:45am followed by a funeral service at 11:00am at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary located at 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.wasatchlawn.com for the Simpson family.


  • Funeral Service Friday, February 14, 2020


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Ric and Leigh Widerburg

February 14, 2020

We have the fondest memories of Doug and all of the Simpsons. Playing tennis, racquetball, softball and golf with Doug was always interesting and fun. Coaching T-ball, soccer, and baseball was an opportunity to get to know your family. But above all we remember Doug for his kindness and compassion for others. After Dustin’s accident the trip to California meant more to us than you will ever know. The service wonderful. Dave did a fabulous job, and we really enjoyed the boys remembrances. They really captured Doug’s essence. It was a great send off. Our thoughts will always be with you. ❤️

Rick Sutter

February 14, 2020

Nancy and Family,

We were shocked and saddened to receive the news of Dougs passing. It's always much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone. And so, I have fond memories of Doug and his closest friends while reminiscing of good times we shared back at Highland High.

Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into eternity. The joys will be greater, your love will be deeper, our lives will be fuller because we shared some wonderful moments.

We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief. We send you our thoughts of comfort.

We know this is a difficult Valentine’s Day for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Rick & Marilyn Sutter

Chris Cole

February 14, 2020

I'm pretty sure I would not have made it through con law 45 years ago at Pepperdine without Doug's help. RIP, old friend. CAC

Ryan Scott

February 13, 2020

I spent a lot of my childhood with the Simpsons and they felt like my 2nd family. Matt was and is one of my best friends. Doug would always let me come on family vacations to St. George and Lake Powell. We'd golf, eat like kings, watch movies, play tennis, and much much more. I remember we went to the St George Polo outlet on one of these vacations and Doug looked at me and said, "your part of the family, Ryan. Go and get something you like and I'll buy it." Doug had a way of making me feel included and loved!

Michelle Wilson

February 12, 2020

I was so deeply sad to see this. Your dad was like the almighty guy and would always be here. Please let your mom and your brothers know we have you all in our prayers. Great times remembering all you growing up and playing in the pool. Love to you all.

Teresa Kunde

February 11, 2020

Nancy, I am so very sorry for your loss my sweet friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.