Douglas Voy Fairbanks returned home to his Heavenly Father on September 11, 2023,
after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. He passed away peacefully at his
North Logan home surrounded by his loving wife and family.
On May 29, 1944, Douglas was born to Anna Hansen and Sterling Voy Fairbanks in
Ontario, Oregon. He was the oldest son and third child of 8 children. He was raised in
Duchesne, Utah and Moses Lake, Washington. Doug was a handsome, artistic, and
athletic child, who loved his family and his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints. Doug loved his parents and siblings and enjoyed his childhood. At a
tender young age, Doug began to learn to sketch artistic renderings of animals and
people. He often sketched and took notes at the same time while learning at school.
This was the beginning of a lifelong passion.
In 1960, when Douglas was16 years old, he moved with his family to Logan, Utah,
where he met his lifelong friend and eternal companion, Karen Price, at the Logan Roller
Rink. Karen has fond memories of Doug coming to the Logan Roller Rink riding his mo-
ped, wearing a black leather jacket, carrying a pair of black roller-skates painted with red
wings! Soon after, Doug sold those skates and his moped to get a pair of state-of-the-
art roller skates. Like most other youth at the time, Doug and Karen spent countless
hours at the Logan Roller Rink. Their courtship led to an eternal marriage in the Logan
Temple on June 15, 1962. Doug and Karen skated together for many years performing
in many Roller Rhapsodies shows and raised their children on roller skates. Doug would
often skate up USU hill to school and work.
Doug also liked to play his banjo and sing songs like This Land is your Land and You are
my Sunshine. He liked to hike and explore caves, ride his motorcycle and go on family
bike rides around the block with his children after fixing all of their tires. Doug always
had a pocketknife handy to carve creations out of tree branches and he carved many
small, medium and large trees. Doug was known most for being a quiet and righteous
individual who especially loved his relationship with his Heavenly Father and Savior.
Douglas attended USU and earned a BA in Art, which would become his life career as a
graphic artist designing graphic arts and illustrations for Utah State University and the
companies who employed him. He also used his many talents to bless the lives of family
and friends creating artistic sketches and masterpieces that hung on many walls. He
was a gifted artist who loved to create and could capture the likeness of any subject he
drew. Doug would often make people nervous by drawing them during sacrament
meetings. He was a great historian in the Logan 6 th ward and created several artistic
journals of sacrament meeting speakers. Doug loved the teachings of the Church and
served in various ward and stake callings. He especially enjoyed serving in scouts, the
primary, and as ward missionary, which was also called a seventy during that time. He
also served in several high priest group leadership callings and loved singing in the ward
choir; he had a beautiful baritone voice .Doug was an avid family history researcher and
make art-work of his family members to add to his memories books. Doug loved to teach
the gospel and honored his priesthood. He was a quiet example to all his family and
Grandpa Fairbanks was a beautiful example to his grandchildren and great
grandchildren. They loved to play and be with him. All those who knew him respected
his loving demeanor and character. Doug's family and faith was his lifelong focus.
Doug and Karen have 6 children: Jodie Naef, Debra Findlay, Kelly Fairbanks, Leisa
Griggs, Richard Fairbanks, and C. Scott Fairbanks. They also have 22 grandchildren
and 25 great grandchildren. Doug was preceded in death by three of his children;
Richard, Leisa, and Kelly, his grandson, Jake Griggs, his parents, one sister, and three
A viewing will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2023 from 6-8 pm at the North Logan
stake center, 2750 N. 800 E. North Logan, Utah. Funeral services will be held at the
same location on Monday, September 18, 2023 at 11:00 am with a viewing from 9:30 to
10:30. Interment will be in the Smithfield Cemetery in Smithfield, Utah.