Dr. Douglas Eugene Leeland, 74, of Scottsdale, AZ passed away peacefully surrounded by those he loved on March 5, 2019. He was born July 28, 1944 in Seattle, WA to Gene and Dorothy Leeland. He is survived by his three children: Melissa Kathleen Leeland of Scottsdale, AZ, Julianne Elizabeth Lagerstrom and husband Cory Lagerstrom of Prairie Village, KS and Theodore Daniel Leeland and wife Lesley Leeland of Phoenix AZ. Doug was a beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend. He is also survived by his grandchildren, David Leeland Lagerstrom, Reagan Elizabeth Lagerstrom and Caroline Joy Lagerstrom of Prairie Village, KS and his brothers Greg, Randy, Jeff and David as well as many nieces and nephews whom he adored.
Doug was the oldest of 5 boys and was a wonderful older brother. He and his brothers had a very happy childhood growing up in Seattle, WA. After graduating from Ingraham High School, Doug attended Lutheran Bible Institute for one year then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Pacific Lutheran University where he was honored as an Academic All-American basketball player as well. He loved sports throughout his life and especially enjoyed golf as a favorite pastime.
After college Doug was accepted into the University of Washington Medical School where he graduated 7th in his class. He then completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. After residency, Doug started his medical practice at Wenatchee Valley Clinic in Wenatchee, WA where he and his family lived until 1988 when they moved to Scottsdale, AZ.
Doug was a physician of Internal Medicine, specializing in Geriatrics, practicing here in the valley at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale and then started the first concierge practice in the Phoenix Valley, Grayhawk Personal Physicians.
Doug was adored by his patients and It was very common for his children to be stopped by a patient, family member or co-worker and have them burst with praise about how amazing Doug was as a physician. He was extremely brilliant and considered a truly gifted diagnostician among his colleagues. As such, their high regard for him was evidenced by being featured many times in Phoenix Magazine’s annual issue of "Top Docs". There are hundreds of stories where he was the doctor that finally diagnosed something correctly and literally saved many lives. Doug was unwilling to ever sacrifice the level of care he felt people deserved and was known for taking “too much time” with his patients. He stated he practiced medicine how he would want someone to care for his own mother.
Doug was very musical, by playing the cello and singing in the church choir. He absolutely loved and got much joy out of listening to music and going to concerts. He loved basketball and played basketball in college and, up until his death, remained close friends with his college teammates where they would get together frequently over the last many decades. Doug treasured his friendships and he adored his 3 children and his 3 grandchildren.
Everyone who knew Doug knew he was a man of extreme kindness, patience and humility. He had the most wonderful sense of humor and his deep hearty laugh was contagious. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2010 and had to stop practicing medicine which was the love of his
life. Doug maintained his warm and engaging personality throughout the final years of his life and he continued to laugh easily even after he was unable to speak.
Doug had a strong faith in God and loved attending church especially in his final years. It was common for him to be singing a hymn with tears streaming down his face as he would be so moved by the music.
To his family and those who knew him, he was an incredible man who lived his entire life to serve and care for others. He will be tremendously missed.
A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 at Scottsdale Bible Church, Grace Chapel. 7601 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale AZ 85260
Memorial donations can be sent to: Sparrow Clubs USA at sparrowclubs.org and The Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org
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