Douglas Arland Tingey
August 11, 1931 ~ August 8, 2015
Graveside services: Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Mantua Cemetery
“To the love of my life, I am so happy we are together again for ever … Remember When … Alta”
Douglas Arland Tingey passed away Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, he was born in Brigham City, Utah, to single mom, Lona Sarah Tingey on Aug. 11, 1931. He was Lona’s oldest child. Lona then gave Arland a brother, Jay Leon Tingey. Lona married Clifford East. Lona and Clifford added to their family three more children: Glen, Lynn and Margie East. After Lona passed away at in 1942, Arland and Jay were raised by their grandparents, Sena and Josiah Tingey. When Lona passed away, Sena and Josiah were only able to raise the two older boys, so Arland did not have the opportunity to grow up with his two other brothers and sister. They did, however, reconnect later in life. He was able to get to meet them and their children again before his brother Lynn passed away.
Arland lived with his grandparents at the station house in Promontory, UT. They worked a dryland farm. In 1938 they moved to Thatcher, Utah, where they lived until Arland’s Grandpa Josiah passed. After Grandpa Josiah died, Dad, Jay and Grandma Sena moved back to Brigham City, to be near Arland’s Uncle Lee and family.
Arland started working at the Box Elder News and Journal when he was 13 years. He continued to work at the newspaper for 53 years retiring in 1998.
Arland, his brother Jay and grandma were very close with his Uncle Lee and Aunt Edna Tingey and his three: cousins, Betty, Richard and Bonnie. The family enjoyed music, Arland spent many evenings on Grandma Sena’s porch playing his guitar along with the family. He also played guitar in a live band on the radio when he was a teenager and as a young man. His brother, Jay was friends with Larry Thompson. They introduced Arland to Larry’s sister, Alta May Thompson. They began dating. Mom told her girls every Saturday morning she would listen to Dad’s band playing live on the local radio station. She said she told her grandma that was the man she was going to marry. She was right, on Oct. 25, 1955, Arland married Alta, the love of his life in Randolph, Utah. They lived most of their lives raising their family in Mantua, Utah, in the home they built together.
After their marriage, Alta worked with him at the Box Elder News and Journal until retirement. In 2005 he and Alta were honored at the Utah Press Association convention receiving an award for their distinguished service in the newspaper business since 1945.
Arland enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1951 and received an honorable discharge in 1957 after earning the rank of Sargeant.
Together they raised four daughters. Arland and Alta are very close with their girls. During their early years they owned a ranch in Yost, Utah, where they enjoyed weekends and hunting seasons with the girls, family and friends. After selling the Yost ranch they continued creating many great memories camping, fishing and boating together both in Utah and at property in Island Park, Idaho.
Besides playing guitar, Arland’s interests and many talents included rebuilding auto engines, coin collecting, building miniature doll houses and helping Alta display and selling her beautiful crochet and handmade craft items. Through the years he and Alta also had a passion for collecting guns, antiques and coins. He and Alta, along with daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Gary owned, trained, and raced thoroughbred and quarter horses.
Alta passed away in 2000 after 45 years of marriage.
Arland is survived by his four daughters: Jan (Ed) Adamson of Fairfield, MT.; Kristy (Ed) Ryan of Fort Payne, AL.; Terri (Gary) Owens of Mantua, Utah, and Kim (Kent) Christensen of Victor, ID.; 13 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his cousins Betty (Bennie) Kay, Bonnie (Jerry) Tolman and Richard (Louise) Tingey, his sister-in-laws Rosalee (Jerry) Riddle and Ranae Thompson as well as his half brother Glen East and half sister Margie East.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Mantua Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Combined Veterans of Box Elder County.
Grandpas I miss you so much! I didn't think it would hurt this much! I know that you are in peace, and I know we had so much time to that we talked and did so many fun things and hard times too. But I am really struggling with this. I can't eat, sleep and feel like I have know to turn to. I miss you, I hope that are in grandma's arms looking down at us and smiling in no pain anymore. I will never forget all the special moments we had on earth together, and I know that I will see you again.
Xoxo's your LOVING granddaughter.