The Obit For Doug Finley

Owen Douglas "Doug" Finley Jr.
9/25/1928 - 2/12/2013

Published in Orange County Register on February 19, 2013

Doug Finley was born in Alton, Illinois. He Graduated from Normandy High School as a three sport athlete. He attended the University of Missouri on an athletic scholarship and played football and basketball there. Doug earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Marketing. He served in the Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He briefly played professional baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers after the Navy.

His professional career began with Falstaff Brewery as the International Sales Manager working with the military all around the world. He then went to work for Golden West Broadcasters. He was Vice President and General Manager of KTLA Channel 5 and KMPC radio in Los Angeles. He worked directly under Gene Autry who owned the stations. He then got back into the beer business and owned and operated the Budweiser Distributorship in Bakersfield, CA. He also owned and operated the Long Branch Saloon and Eatery Steakhouse in Bakersfield. He sold those businesses and became the Marketing Director for the Los Angeles Rams. He also held the same position with the New Orleans Saints after he left the Rams. His professional career ended with his marketing company - A Slice of Orange.

He was widowed in 1989 when the love of his life Marlene died. They were married shortly after meeting when Doug was stationed in San Diego in the Navy. Doug and Marlene had 4 children - Kim, Vickie, Breck and Tim. Doug is survived by his four children and 9 grandchildren. After Marlene's passing Doug remarried. His devoted second wife, Bernita and Doug were married for 21 years until her death in 2012.

He retired in Santa Maria first then returned to Bakersfield. He moved to Huntington Beach last December to be with family. He passed peacefully of natural causes on Tuesday, February 12th. Doug Finley lived an interesting and blessed life and was a wonderful husband, father and friend.

Funeral services will be private.