Richard Doughton Obituary – The Arizona Republic

Richard (“Dick”) Edmund Doughton, 92, died Thursday, June 30, 2022 (11:30 p.m. MST). He valiantly battled congestive heart failure, after surviving prostate cancer several years ago, and was very well cared for by Friendship Village in Tempe, Arizona. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Dick was a proud son of Welsh immigrants: his father, Isaac, who avoided joining his brothers in the Pennsylvania coal mines, instead earned a doctorate from Harvard University and is became a renowned and beloved author and educator. mother, Elizabeth, the very soul of kindness and compassion, who helped him care for his young sons after their mother died. In addition to his first (Adrienne) and second (Kathryn) wives, he was predeceased by his older siblings Alan, Margaret (Peg), Anna, Morgan and Elizabeth (Betty). As a youngster, Dick worked hard to earn the nickname “Dickie Devil Doughton”. Among other exploits, he indeed ran away to join the circus! And he remained a tease and a trickster all his life. As a young man, however, he followed in the footsteps of his father and older brother, Morgan, to graduate from Harvard University (class of 1950), served in the United States Navy as an officer in the naval intelligence, then left to pursue a progressively successful career in the corporate sector, accepting senior positions at GE, Honeywell, and Arizona Public Service (APS) before returning to his maverick roots and pursuing a life of entrepreneurship. par excellence. He loved the symphony and the opera, and in fact enjoyed performing in the opera chorus during his college years. He also liked to dance in those years. Bi-coastal for a time, Dick was the quintessential entrepreneur after making the quality-of-life choice to leave GE in New York after a subway fire that ‘no one seemed to care about’ – and found a great love with his greatest ally in business and in life – Beverly. Together they created Southwest Performance Group, primarily responsible for sales training for Motorola, and made early investments in the growth and development of real estate in Scottsdale, Arizona. Upon retirement, he took on the “project” of helping his youngest son, Kyle, invest in Harley Davidson – all together owning and operating Grand Canyon Harley Davidson and other locations in Arizona for many years. He loved music. He loved the symphony. He found solace in the music of “Les Miserables” in his passing days. He watched the stock market daily and was an avid fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Coyotes/Cardinals (always with a great affinity for all the Boston sports teams, of course). He loved his dogs (Belle, Payson and Carly), he loved his gardens and he recently prioritized donations to exceptional causes that serve at-risk women. He is survived by his beloved wife, Beverly; his daughter, Denise (James); three sons, Richard, Douglas and Kyle; dog, Carly; two granddaughters, Katherine (Robert) and Johanna (David), and three great-grandchildren of whom he was very proud – Nathan, Cecily and Adrianna, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews and their families. (Her niece, Meegan, was a major contributor to this obituary.) Her remains will be dispersed in early fall 2022, with private services to a small group of family members. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name are requested to be made to: Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014

Posted on August 04, 2022

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