Douglas Coder

February 18, 1936 ~ October 11, 2020 (age 84)


Douglas Coder formally of Muscatine, Iowa passed away peacefully after a long battle with cerebral amyloid angiopathy.   He was surrounded by family.   

Doug enjoyed an incredible life. 

Doug was born to Kenneth and Beatrice Coder on February 18, 1936.   

Doug graduated with the Class of 1954 from Muscatine High School.   He then excelled on the University of Iowa golf team winning The Freshman Scholarship Cup.  He graduated with a business degree from the University of Iowa in 1958.

Linda Carlson, his wife of 62 years was his high school sweet heart.   They had two children.

Doug was a proud Veteran of the US Army and later served in the US Airforce at Strategic Air Command

He enjoyed golf, was a devout Iowa Hawkeye fan, listened to Frank Sinatra, loved hamburgers, well-traveled, and especially time spent with friends and family.

Doug was a business professional and constantly reinventing himself.  With his father they operated hardware and furniture stores.  He then was a stock broker for F. I. DuPont.   He founded Coder Real Estate initially focusing on residential and later on commercial real estate and investments.  He earned several real estate designations including becoming one of the early Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM) where he was one of the national instructors.   In the late 1980s he was recognized for closing the largest commercial real estate transaction in Arizona that year.  Following his real estate career, he focused on angel investing in diverse startups.  He was instrumental in working side by side with Dennis Templar and Jim Stowers in taking Catalyst International Public.  He served on the board of directors for many years for the Pearl Mutual Fund and Armis Biopharma for many years.   The one constant throughout was integrity and striving for a win/win solution.

He was a Rotarian, Past President of Muscatine Chamber of Commerce, and co-Founded with Harold Glaser Bicycles for Success.

He enjoyed travel.  White water rafting with Dick Maeglin for five days on the Colorado through the Grand Canyon; many family ski trips shared with the Axels, Lande's and Maeglin's are fondly remembered; he visited many countries. 

Doug and Linda moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1986.  They escaped the Arizona summers in Durango, Colorado.

Survivors include his wife Linda; two sons Steve (Terri) Coder and Scott (Angie) Coder; two grandchildren Jessica and Maiya Coder; and sister Diane Stych; and many life-long friends.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be maid in Doug's memory to:  
University of Iowa Center for Advancement (Neurology)
PO Box Box 4550
Iowa City, IA 52244-4550
(Add) Memory of Douglas Coder for Neurologic Research.


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