September 4, 1950 ~ February 25, 2010
S. Douglas Worthington, a long time resident of Redondo Beach, CA passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at his home.
Douglas was born on September 4, 1950 in Lindsay, CA and has resided in the Los Angeles area for the last 37 years. Douglas was raised in the Bakersfield area, attended San Diego State University where he majored in television production and moved to the Los Angeles area after school to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
With an entrepreneur's spirit, Douglas achieved early success by printing a variety of posters which were sold around the world. He also created and sold merchandising for theatrical and other special events. Because of his unique talents and contacts, in March 1988 Douglas became the youngest General Manager of the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and oversaw all aspect of the sales, marketing and operations of the facility. Throughout his nearly 20 year career at the Shrine, Douglas worked with and befriended numerous producers and directors when the Shrine hosted many of the most recognized events in the world; the Academy Awards, the Grammys, the EMMYs, the American Music Awards, the SAG Awards, the Comedy Awards, to name a few. Under Douglas' direction, the Shrine was also the location for film and television shoots, dances, ballet performances, concerts and a myriad of other events. Douglas loved to share his success with his friends and family who were often his guests at the events.
Traveling the world and visiting diverse destinations from historic sites to exotic beaches was a significant part of Douglas' life. His interest in traveling began after leaving school when he spent several weeks in Egypt and continued after he and Jo Ann married. Some of their travels included trips to Morocco, Europe, Asia, Central America and the South Pacific. He also enjoyed hunting, especially the opening of dove season, water skiing and house boating at Lake Powell, snow skiing and biking on the strand at the beach. Douglas was a member of the Freemasons, Scottish Rite, Shriners and Jesters.
Douglas is survived by his wife of 17 years, Jo Ann Worthington, 3 1/2 year old twins Aiden & Capri (son/daughter), sisters Dianne & John Loscutova, Debi Pate and nieces Tonya & Scott Myers, Rochelle Pate, nephew Ryan Loscutova and great nephews Hunter and Jake Myers.
He is preceded in death by his father Richard Carl Worthington and mother Mary Worthington.
The viewing will take place on Friday, March 5, 2010 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Funeral Services will take place on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA with the burial immediately following at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach, CA.
As an alternative to flowers, a contribution to Aiden & Capri's college fund would be most appreciated. Checks can be made out to John Hancock Freedom 529 and sent c/o Jo Ann Worthington PO Box 744, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
For anyone requiring hotel accommodations, a block of rooms has been secured at the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club.
The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club
260 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, California (CA) 90277
A special rate of $129 has been secured. When calling reservations, ask for the "Worthington Family" rate.
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