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Obituary for Charles Douglas Wells

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Charles Douglas Wells

January 1, 1924 - May 12, 2014

Charles Douglas (Doug) Wells

Charles Douglas Wells passed away on May 12, 2014 in Ogden, Utah. Doug was born January 1, 1924 in Victor, Utah (now a ghost town) to Samuel M. and Minnie Zoe Lisonbee Wells. Doug was raised in Victor and Hanksville, Utah where he learned early to ride the desert on horseback and to chase wild horses, catching his first one at age 10.

Doug was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. After World War II, he worked in Nevada for 4 years, at Hill Air Force Base for 2 ½ years, at the Ogden Stockyards for 2 years, and then ranching and driving truck for Amcor Pipe Company for 20 years. On June 21, 1945, he married Diana Clark in San Jose, California; they were later divorced. On February 14, 1964, he married Opal (Peggy) Hill in South Weber, Utah and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.

Doug was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and had great faith in the Gospel.

Doug was a rancher and raised cattle and trained horses at his D-W Ranches in South Weber and Torrey, Utah, and started the South Weber Junior Posse in 1959. He wrote cowboy poetry, loved the guitar and studied western history. Doug enjoyed spring round ups in the desert and any rodeo, including watching his son in high school and supporting his grandchildren in youth rodeos. He was particularly fond of his horse Junior and proud of the many ribbons won by his granddaughter Sarah. Doug was a true cowboy and always enjoyed camping and ranching with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, his very special step-daughter, Patricia Nielson, and step-son, Rolan Hill. He is survived by his wife Peggy, son Paul (Terri) Wells, step-children Katy Athay, Ramona Lower and Joseph Hill, son-in-law Arthur (Ruth) Nielson, daughter-in-law Dorothy Hill, 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and by his brother Jerry Wells of Cedar City, Utah.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 16th at 2:00 pm at South Weber 5th Ward Chapel, 2620 East 8200 South (across from Doug and Peg’s home).The family will meet with friends Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah and prior to service at the church from 12:30 pm to1:30 pm.

Interment will be in the Uintah Town Cemetery.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014

Time: 2:00 pm -

South Weber 5th Chapel


2620 East 8200 south , , South Weber , Utah ,

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Born: January 1, 1924
Died: May 12, 2014

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connie schofield posted on 5/17/14

Peggy..So sad to hear about Dougs passing.....He was a very special man and looked forward to seeing him..Sorry Im out of town but will come see you when I get home...Take care..Luv ya


Carol Fernelius Stetser posted on 5/16/14

I was so sorry to hear about Doug's passing. I remember the year that he gave Pat and me a ride to Weber State. He didn't say much to us on the way (I'm sure I was pretty quiet, too), but we always listened to Paul Harvey; I always hoped I'd get to hear "the rest of the story" before I got out of the truck. He was always so reliable, and I don't know if I ever told him how much I appreciated the rides, but I really did. He was a very nice man, and I'm sure he'll be missed a lot.


Jared and Mary Dunn posted on 5/15/14

We are sorry that Doug is gone but we know he's happy riding the range in Heaven.


The Brent Tanner family posted on 5/14/14

The only thing that made Doug beam brighter than talking about his days riding the range and raising cattle, is the smile he got when his family took home a trophy for their work I the arena. Doug was truly a great man. The whole world will miss him. But for now, the cowboy rides away! Peggy, Paul, Teri, and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.