3/8/1957 ~ 12/18/2020
Douglas Hal Mendenhall, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020. Our hearts ache in this loss, ache for lost time. He made this world a brighter and better place and leaves behind a legacy of love and service which is indelibly etched into the hearts and minds of all. Those that knew him, were better because of him.
Doug was born on March 8, 1957 in Fillmore, Utah to Joseph ‘Hal’ and Doris Mendenhall. He was the second youngest of five competitive boys. Despite living the majority of his life in Taylorsville, Utah; home would always be where he spent the later years of his life in Mount Pleasant, Utah.
He was so many things to so many people. For some, Doug, was a brother to play catch with, while others recall the gifted athlete who lettered in high school. He was the deep threat in basketball and the perfect set on the volleyball court. To many, he was a youth soccer league president, to hundreds more a coach, and to those few that had the privilege, the ever-present cheerleader. He was a young men’s advisor who was still a kid at heart. He was a successful entrepreneur, a top performer, and VP of Sales. Like his father, his blood ran “true blue”.
He graduated from Cottonwood High School where he loved to be with his friends. He served an LDS mission to Madrid/Seville, Spain. It was shortly upon returning from his mission that he found and married the love of his life, Dianne Shelton, in the Salt Lake Temple on September 15, 1978. Their marriage was the epitome of love because of their soft-spoken admiration, respect, and service to each other.
It has been said that when we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness. If that is the case, there was no one as completely lost and as happy as Doug.
His true purpose in life was to serve God and his family. He was a best friend and confidant, especially to the one or the lonely. He was a servant and protector, a helpmate and ‘honey’. He was a Godly inspired author who had a deep desire to understand the scriptures and the spiritual side of this world. He was an everyday hero, a humble disciple of God, a healer and vanquisher of evil.
Many may never fully understand the miraculous scope of his generosity, service, and love. For as long as we have voices, we forever and sincerely say thank you, Doug, for sustaining us through your life.
Doug is survived by his sweetheart and wife, Dianne, his children, David (Kimberly), Deon (Mike Schuhmann), Darin (Tammy), Debi (Daniel James), Denise (Daniel Malachowski), Dwight (McKenna), 23 adoring grandchildren with one more on the way, and many nieces, nephews, and special friends. He is preceded in death by his daughter Dawn, his parents, and his brother Hugh.
The family wishes to thank all those who loved and took care of him during this challenging time. We ask that you please hug your loved ones a little longer and a little tighter. Tell them you love them. Do this because you love them, but also do this for all those who no longer get to. At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. Rather, we will be judged by, “I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in”.
We would like to invite all who wish to attend a public viewing on Monday, December 28, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and December 29, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. The viewing will be held at Rasmussen Mortuary located at 96 North 100 West in Mount Pleasant, Utah. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM. To ensure the health and safety of others, the funeral will be by invitation only but can be viewed via live stream. The live stream link and condolences can be found at rasmussenmortuary.com. Interment, which will also be live streamed, will be held at the Mount Pleasant City Cemetery.