In Memory

Doug McLeod - Class Of 1963

Doug McLeod

Douglas Lee McLeod, was born in as he described it in 'round at both ends and high in the middle'. Cleveland, Ohio to be exact, on VE-Day 'Victory in Europe Day', May 8, 1945. He was the second son of Don and Anita McLeod, little brother of Bob McLeod '59 and big brother of Ken McLeod '66. He graduated from South Pasadena High School in 1963 and married his long-time girlfriend, Jeanne Mumford '63. He immediately joined the US Air Force to begin a career that could support his new family. Doug loved his country and served in the USAF for six years as part of the Strategic Air Command. He was stationed in Altus, Oklahoma; Biloxi, Mississippi and Toole, Greenland. Four children, Daniel Lee, Jennifer Lynn, James Jeffrey and Donna Jeanne were and are a great blessing of this union.

The training and discipline Doug received in the Air Force gave him a career opportunity with Burroughs Corporation. Doug was later recruited by what he referred as a 'fly by night company' (Here today, gone tomorrow) Hewlett-Packard. HP ended up being a leader in the computer industry. Here he would reinvent his career and run multimillion-dollar businesses and lead large profitable organizations. Doug was the only guy savvy enough to understand that sometimes you had to do a dance and wave your hands around to make a computer do what it was supposed to do. 

In 1975 he was heartbroken over his divorce and separation from his family. In 1977 he met Paula Baguindoc at work and after only knowing each other for two months they were married. Doug would describe 'Paulita' as his soulmate and best friend - a gift the Lord had provided him. In their 43 years together as a family, they have enjoyed 18 grands, five greats and many fur babies/grandbabies. Doug was a continuous learner, he fed himself and others spiritually, physically, intellectually and socially. He read and studied his Bible praying for himself and his family every morning. He exercised - biking, hiking or walking daily. He loved being informed about the world around him and could often be found at a local restaurant, reading the paper edition of the WSJ (his tablet). Doug made lifetime friends everywhere - especially in daily meal outings. Doug was always an adventurer and it came out in all his hobbies and activities. A lifelong athlete, he played little league, football, ran track and cross country, played ice hockey, raced sailboats and motorcycles, did endurance bicycling, loved Jesus, theology, cars, guns, music, movies, dogs, and anything fast. He was a lover of people and always engaged them in conversations, every item he collected represented a connection to the soul of a person and a way to relate to them and love them. He was one of a kind 'Dougie' easy to love, interesting, always fun and did I say LOUD. Doug died at age 74 of cardiac arrest on December 8, 2019 in Mission Viejo, California.

From the program of his memorial on February 15, 2020, submitted by John Mumford '66

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10/31/20 10:14 AM #1    

Richard C Maxwell (1963)

Doug and I hung out together in South Pas.   Many wonderful memories about this very nice guy.  Miss you Douggie.

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