In Memory

Doug Magoon

Doug Magoon

Jay Douglas Miller Magoon

Jay Douglas Miller Magoon was born in Tulsa, OK on September 25, 1962 and passed away at the age of 59 in Santa Cruz, CA on January 12, 2022. He is survived by his father, Bruce Magoon; his two sisters, Debbie Brown and Sharna Bovasso and brother-in-law Steve; his nieces, Ashley, Katilyn, and Ali; and his nephew, Blake. 

Doug was one of the kindest, most gentle souls to walk the planet. To know him was to love him. His warmth and generosity were qualities many of us can only aspire to. He was good-natured, thoughtful, and loved to laugh. He would do anything to help others, which was evident in the many acts of kindness he performed for strangers and loved ones alike. Doug always remembered everyone's birthday with his remarkable memory and called to check in when he was thinking about someone. He loved spending time with people in most any capacity (and most often in his trademark tie-dye shirts and cargo shorts), but especially over a good meal, at a concert, or while watching a football game.

Life in all its forms seemed to blossom in his presence, whether it was the children and animals who loved to play with him or the plants he cultivated with his landscaping business. He was also a savvy investor, often years ahead of trends.

Doug had friends and loved ones in many places he considered to be home. Doug was raised in Tulsa and returned often to visit his family and friends. He fell in love with California after attending College of the Redwoods, and established his home in Santa Cruz soon thereafter. He also came to find the beautiful and charming Denman Island in British Columbia as a second home, where he spent several months each year. 

Doug never lost sight of the most important things in life: caring for others and his relationships with friends and family. Despite any hardships he endured, Doug retained his optimism, hope, and faith in humanity. May his memory be a blessing to the many people who loved him, and may we all endeavor to carry that spark of joy in ourselves that came so naturally to Doug. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are being accepted at The Second Harvest food bank in Santa Cruz, or Zarrow Pointe Retirement Center in Tulsa, - the Doug Magoon Fund.