Douglas Sterling Poulson was born on November 1, 1935, in South Gate, Los Angeles County, California, to Wilford Lamar and Leona Bessie Poulson. He was the second eldest of four brothers and grew up in Burbank, California. Throughout childhood, Douglas was known for his love of sports, playing marbles, and of all things mechanical.
After graduating from Burbank High School, Douglas was eager to get to work, and as he put it, enjoyed his new car! In 1956, he decided to devote two years of his life serving in the Gulf States mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In 1960, Douglas joined the Army National Guard and later attended Brigham Young University, pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and worked for various aerospace companies such as Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. From a young age, Douglas was very fond of fixing and building things. From rebuilding engines to building houses, he truly was a jack of all trades.
Douglas loved his family and was a devoted husband and father. He was sealed to his wife Laura on August 26, 1988, in the Salt Lake City Temple, and together they have spent many years enjoying their children and traveling.
Douglas passed away in his home on August 21, 2018, under the loving care of his wife and daughters. He was a beloved son, husband, father and grandfather. He will forever be in our hearts. He is survived by his wife, Laura Lee, daughters MariElena, Caterina (Jason) Gilzinger, Lauralie (Joseph) Bakonyi, sons Phil (Kathy), Giancarlo (Ernestina), and grandchildren, Guilianna, Douglas, Linda, Hedrian, Camilla, Sophia and Abigail.
Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Friday, August 31st, at the LDS church, 2559 E Combs Rd in San Tan Valley, Arizona. A viewing will be held for family and friends one hour prior to services. Interment will follow at San Tan Memorial Gardens.