Owen Douglas "Doug"
9/25/1928 - 2/12/2013
Published in Orange County Register on February
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
He briefly played professional baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers after
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.
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.
will be private.