Joseph R. Doughty, 83, of Scottsdale, AZ passed away peacefully on April 29, 2022
surrounded by his loved ones holding him, guiding him, loving him, praying for him. Joe was born on March 2, 1939 in Martins Ferry, Ohio to Leonard and Mary Doughty. Joe was one of seven kids, Leonard, Howard, Joseph, Virginia, Chuck, Mary Jane, and Margaret Ann. Joe graduated from Martins Ferry High School in 1957, however, if you asked him - he would tell you he attended The School of Hard Knocks.
Joe and Dottie’s love story began in the Winter of 1954. Two years later they married in the Fall of 1956 and shared 66 beautiful years of marriage. They were blessed with three children, Deborah, Joe, and Pam.
In 1957 Joe and Dottie began their journey West on a Greyhound bus with their 6 month old Deborah. They moved from Ohio to California and then planted their forever roots in Scottsdale, AZ in the year of 1977.
Joe very much so loved working with his hands and using his mind. He took pride in every job he had and brought Jesus along side him in every thing he did. Joe and his wife were both greatly involved in Stephen Ministry through Scottsdale Bible Church. Joe was most known in his ministry for listening differently then others. He listened with an open heart and responded in gentle ways that made people feel accepted rather then judged. He brought so many souls to Jesus Christ and led a life of gratitude to Jesus for all he was blessed with.
Joe was most happy when spending time with his family. He loved his kids, his grandchildren, his great grandchildren- all his family, with all his heart. During the summer months you would most often find Joe and Dottie making memories with their children, Deborah, Joe, and Pam boating and camping on the lake in Havasu.
One of Joe’s greatest honors was being able to walk two of his granddaughters, Alicia and Amber, down the aisle to marry their husbands Jason and Josh.
Joe loved to camp, he loved to eat, and he loved a good movie. Amongst his favorite camping spots was the mountain tops of the Mogollon Rim and Black Meadows at Lake Havasu where he was able to return one last time during the summer of 2018 to share his love of the lake with his great-granddaughter Sophia.
Joe’s life was abundantly blessed, his soul was radiant, and his love was pure. He will be remembered most as a kind, patient, loving soul who had the gift of healing hands and a heart of endless giving.
Joe is survived by his wife, Dottie, his kids Deborah, Joe, and Pam, two of his sisters, Virginia and Margaret Ann along with his six grandchildren, Mike, Elizabeth, Cassandra, Derek, Alicia, and Amber, his six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
There will be a visitation on May 4, 2022, Wednesday at Messinger Indian School Mortuary from 5-8 PM, with funeral services being held on Thursday at 1:pm in the chapel. Burial will follow at Paradise Memorial Gardens, Scottsdale, AZ
Memorial donations in Joseph's name may be made to Scottsdale Bible Church-For The Valley, 7601 E Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260