Our adored husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away from a 5-year battle with liver disease on Tuesday, November 7th, surrounded by his loving family. Alan Douglas “Doug” Asay was born on December 8, 1956, in Salt Lake City to Douglas Asay and Catherine Straight.
Growing up in North Salt Lake; Doug frequented the gravel pit in his backyard where he and his friends would ride mini motorcycles, light off fireworks, and shoot guns. It is believed there exists a scar on the hillside that remains after an incident involving a match, a can of gasoline, a toy airplane, and his best friend, Tracy. In his off-time from inciting chaos in the neighborhood, he would lay in the grass, eyes closed, listening to the passing cars on Highway 89, eagerly waiting for the echo-growl of a Corvette to pass by. That's where his lifelong love of Corvettes began.
One night in his teenage years, Doug ventured out to the Dance Hall in Sugarhouse. Across the floor, he spotted what would become the love of his life. Competition was especially fierce that night, but fortunately, Doug was wearing his ‘Saturday Night Fever’ white pants, and needless to say – Julie was stricken. They enjoyed time together before Doug decided to serve a mission for The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rochester, NY. He spoke fondly of his time serving in Rochester and befriended many Italian-Americans and became a connoisseur of their delicious food.
On February 9, 1980, Doug and Julie were married in Reno, Nevada, among friends and loved ones. They were later sealed in the Jordan River Temple for time and all eternity. Over the years they had four children; Laura, Melanie, Melissa, and Brett who were loved dearly and spoiled by their father. Doug instilled the core principles of integrity, hard work, ingenuity, and courage in his children. He also believed in living life to its fullest and enjoying the great outdoors. His adventurous spirit was contagious and led the family on many memorable experiences traveling, boating, camping, and riding ATVs. Doug was a passionate water skier, and his never-ending search for glass water kept him skiing until two months before he passed. (see pic)
Doug had an entrepreneurial spirit and was constantly coming up with new and improved ways to do things. Doug took those who worked for him under his wing and encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams. He was devoted to service and humanitarian work. He was able to travel to Armenia and Peru to help assist those needing eye surgery. Doug loved to help his community and neighbors and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was an active member of his Ward and held many callings. Doug always loved the Ward parties and made each one memorable.
Doug will be dearly missed by his wife, Julie; children: Laura Taylor, Melanie (Colton) Christensen, Melissa Asay, Brett Asay; grandchildren: Mark Carlile, Whitney Taylor, Ella Christensen, and Chloe Christensen, and many friends.
Funeral services for Doug will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Somerset Chapel, 1885 Summerwood Drive, Farmington, Utah. A visitation for friends and family will be held on Monday evening November 13, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Russon Farmington Mortuary, 1941 North Main Street, Farmington, Utah, and at the Church on Tuesday morning from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will follow the services at the Farmington City Cemetery.
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/p/Russon-Mortuary-Crematory-100057447129518/) and on this obituary page. The live stream will begin 10-15 minutes prior to the service and will be posted below.