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. Hotel Direct (Tel) 310.379.8481 (Fax) 310.372.7329 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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  1. For Aiden and Capri: While you are too young to fully understand the pain and heartache that comes with losing a beloved parent, know that your Mommy is the only person I know anywhere that will arise from this stronger than she already has, and her will to be a wonderful and loving Mom is only exceeded by her determination and drive and love of you both….and ensure that you both always know you are the most important thing to her always. Jo Ann: My heart breaks for you from 3,000 miles away. But I know this–if I had to wager on you against anyone or anything–it may take time, but I’d always pick you. With love, affection and my deepest condolances to you and everyone in yours and Doug’s family. I am so sorry. Mark Hamden, CT

  2. My brother, John Barney and Doug Worthington were best friends in high school and at Bakersfield College. I remember that they had the best time going through San Diego State and had many adventures and escapades. I mourn their passing.

  3. Alan and I have known Doug for about 45 years before he was old enough to get a drivers license. Our hearts are broken that he is gone so young. After his dad Carl passed away he would call Alan on Fathers Day we would get to talk for along time.

  4. Sorry my first message got sent before I finished. To all the family, all our love and prayers are with you at this sad time. We had a lot of good camping trips and so many other good times with Doug in his and our younger years. Will not forget you. Love Alan and Beverly

  5. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. I knew Doug while growing up in Delano, Calif. He was my brother, John’s, best friend for many, many years. John left us last Sept 2009. I am sure Doug and John are raising all kinds of HAVOC in Heaven. My condolences to Doug’s wife and family.

  6. My last post got kinda messed up. So I wanted to finish with some thoughts of Doug. One of my fondest memories of him was that he took me on my first motorcycle ride and we almost ate it. Very exciting and a lot of fun. I can still see him in that blue chevy going down Princeton Ave. in Delano. The last time I saw Doug he said one of the nicest things to me that anyone has ever said and I have thought of that conversation many times over the years. My heart goes out to the family at this time of loss and sadness.

  7. I knew Doug when he was at Delano High School. I remember him as always being a nice guy and easy to get along with. I was saddened to hear of his passing at such a young age. My condolences to his family. Andy Cesare

  8. I am so sorry to hear the sad news of Dougs passing. I grew up with his niece, Tonya, and spent a great deal of time with her family. We always had a laugh about Doug living in a condo in Redondo. One of my greatest memories was going to Catalina Island with Doug, his dad, Carl and Tonya. We had such a good time. He always made me feel special. My heart goes out to his family during this difficult time.

  9. candle 3Uncle Doug, I think about you fondly in a part of my heart I’ll always have. I remember you as kind and caring, and miss you dearly.

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