Douglas Hal Mendenhall

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 Interment, which will also be live streamed, will be held at the Mount Pleasant City Cemetery.

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9 Responses to “Douglas Hal Mendenhall”

  1. Gary LeBaron says:

    Dianne and family.
    What a shock to hear about Doug’s untimely transition. I held Doug in really high regards. I thoroughly enjoyed the times when I was able to drop by Mount Pleasant and just spend an hour or so talking with him. It was just so enjoyable learning from him. I am so sorry that you’re now having to experience this loss and grief. I am Good to give you all peace of mind and comfort during this stressful period of separation and mourning. And may He also bless you with good health and strength to handle the challenges ahead.

  2. Janey Bills Decker says:

    Dear Mendenhall family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your loving Husband and father! I will always remember his as an amazingly funny and loving man. I am thankful that I had the privilege to know him. Please know that you all are in my prayers and thoughts at this time.

  3. bob bedont says:

    Dianne and Family,
    Flo as I were saddened to learn of Doug’s passing. I see the picture and remember him when he was a younger man – but he sure aged well.
    Doug and I were classmates in Jr. and Sr. High. I remember him as a great athlete. You and Doug were a big part of our years in Utah Youth Soccer – always supportive as coaches and helpers to make things work. I think you were there in our first year with 86 players; we couldn’t have lasted our 17 years were it not for your encouragement early on. Thank you from the 860 players a year that participated at the end. A memory that has probably faded from your consciousness, but speaks to the wonderful couple that made a difference,

    My fondest memory is the counsel Doug gave me when Flo was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Doug and I spent much time talking about “the mysteries” of Heaven; that miracles are true! He told me that many things in life are a Heaven-test to see if we will respond as the Savor would. On his advice and after much prayerful consideration, I moved away from many of my community and extra-curricular activities to prepare myself to care for Flo – thinking she would be wheelchair bound very soon. Doug lifted me when I was down and maybe because of his influence (and in answer to prayers) Flo has had no noticeable symptoms of the disease. Doug holds a special place in my heart and I look forward to an embrace in eternity.

    We have good friends that have a home in Mt. Pleasant, Pete and Karma Mortinsen. Their daughter married the Veterinarian that passed this summer. If you know them and see them, please introduce yourselves; like you, they are a family we Love.

    My health (dialysis) and the Covid prevent our attending services, but know that we are with you in every way.

    May God bless your family with a deeper understanding of the eternal nature of our souls. May you be comforted to know that Doug has finished his earthly trial and will emerge on the other side of the veil to a wonderful reward for a life well-lived. May the memories of your life together become the feelings of your heart going forward.

    With all our Love,
    Bob and Flo Bedont
    PS: During our MS trial Doug shared the experience your Daughter had with Heaven and I have the book still in my bookshelf. I’ve always been curious about her. When the time is right, will you call me or drop me a note, I would like to talk.

  4. Jennifer Hobby says:

    Dear Deon, what a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man. I am so sorry for your lost.i hope grief will release its grip and allow for joyful remembrance.
    You are in our thoughts and hearts, friend.

  5. Cory Houseal says:

    My condolences to the family. I knew Doug in Jr. High and High school. Backyard neighbors. Prayers for all. RIP.

  6. Chris Watts says:

    Dear Dianne and Denise and family,

    It was a shock to hear of Doug’s death. I bought and read several of his books, but I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know him personally or hear him and Denise speak. I feel I have missed out. I am truly grateful he was able to get his last book out this year. It gave me a few answers that I really needed. Thank you for being supportive of Doug. God bless you in this time of sorrow. – Chris

  7. Jerry Rechtenbach says:

    I was Doug’s YM Advisor in the mid 1970’s. I am saddened, and surprised at his passing, but am overjoyed at the quality life that he led and passed to his children. Our deepest condolences to Doug’s family.

  8. Brad shelton says:

    Uncle Doug was always a very kind caring person to me and my family. He always took time at family gatherings to catch up and talk about life. I have fond memories of Doug from my youth at the cabana club pool during the summers, and the swap meets on redwood road. I remember him as having a real fun, comic sense of humor. My condolences to aunt Diane and the rest of the Mendenhall family.

  9. Karie Mundee says:

    We were so sorry to hear about Doug’s passing. We wish you much comfort during this difficult time.
    Mike and Karie Mundee