Kenneth Loren Douglas, 78 of Cave Creek, Ariz., passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2009, while surrounded by his family. Ken was born in Fort Scott, to parents Bernice and Loren C. Douglas on Nov. 9, 1930. He attended Fort Scott Community College and Pittsburg State University. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. In 1964, Ken and his family moved to Arizona where they owned and operated Dairy Queen Stores in Phoenix, Gilbert and Cave Creek. Along with spending time with his family, some of his favorite pastimes were flying his own plane, hunting and being a member of the Bill Williams Mountain Men where he was able to go to Washington, D.C., and ride in President Reagan's Inaugural parade. The family returned to Fort Scott for a few years and then moved back to Arizona in 1982. In 1984, Ken started Super Hook Towing and Recovery working with the Maricopa and Yavapai County Sherriff's Office and the Tonto National Forest Service. He loved his work and never found a recovery job he couldn't do. He loved the challenge and always said, "If they got it in there, then I can get it out. He always had his son Ken, and dear friend Rob on hand to help.
Ken is survived by his wife Maxine; daughters Pam Clayton, Lori Mullins; son Ken Jr.; three grandsons Derek and wife Jamie Clayton, Cody and fiancée Brandy Clayton, Chad and wife Courtney Clayton. Granddaughters Brittany and Jordan Mullins and Kayla and Lauren Douglas; great-grandsons Chayden Clayton; and great-granddaughters Anistyn Clayton and Jasmine Floyd; he is also survived by sister-in-laws Margie Albright and Freddie Murphy; brother-in-law Pat Murphy and wife Janet; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Ken went to join his grandson Drew Douglas Clayton in heaven and also his parents who preceded him in death.
Condolences can be sent to the Douglas family at P.O. Box 4234 Cave Creek, AZ 85327.
A visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., on Sunday, April 5, at Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary 200 W. Beardsley Rd., Phoenix, Ariz., with a funeral service at 10 a.m., on Monday, April 6, at the mortuary chapel. Burial will follow.