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DOTY, Leon (Lon) William

December 5, 1929 – Los Angeles, California
October 18, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Leon (Lon) Doty passed away at Dulcina Hospice in Calgary on October 18, 2015 at the age of 85 years.

Lon was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Loyola High School and graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He was a SoCal boy who rode the waves at Little Corona, dove for abalone at Dana Point, and raced for pink slips on Sunset Blvd. He married the girl next door and the love of his life, Nancy, on December 20, 1952 at Cathedral Chapel while hail pounded down on the tin roof. His business career started early in life selling newspapers as a boy on the corner of Hollywood & Vine and loading boxcars at the railroad yards as a teenager. His strong work ethic and natural way with people helped him to build a successful career in the potato chip business in the 1950’s and 60’s. In 1971, Lon and Nancy chose to go on a great adventure, moving their family from Whittier, California to Alberta where they owned and operated several businesses together, including Sunset Ranch in the Cochrane area, Storm Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park, and Pastels restaurants in Calgary. Whatever sort of work he was doing in industry or community, Lon was always willing to give of himself for the betterment of a larger cause as is evidenced by his participation in organizations including the Potato Chip Institute, Stockmen’s Foundation, Western Stock Growers Association, Cochrane and Banff Chambers of Commerce and many others. When people remarked on how varied and winding his career path was, he was fond of saying that he’d always been in the food business. Lon always had time to help a friend in need and committed much of his energy to charitable endeavors, including Catholic Charities and Feed the Hungry in Calgary. He was devoted to his family and touched the lives of many people he encountered through the years.

Lon will be lovingly remembered by his children Diane, John, Tim (Caryl), Steve (Debbie), Michael (Jennifer) and Mary Jane; twin brother John Leroy Doty, sister-in-law Geraldine Nigg, and cousin John Martin Tracy. He will also be greatly missed by his grandchildren John Jr. (Julia), Denlin (Jud), Simon, Ellen, Andrew, Dylan, Sarah, Ryan, Claire, and Brenden, and great-granddaughters Josephine and Carlen. He was predeceased by his wife Nancy Nigg Doty in February 2014 after 61 years of marriage, parents Ann Tracy and Leon Leroy Doty and brother-in-law C. Peter Nigg.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH (1307 – 14th Street South West) on Monday, October 26, 2015) at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (305 Squirrel St, Banff AB) on Tuesday, October 27 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Feed the Hungry c/o RC Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary, 120 17 Ave SW, Calgary AB T2S 2T2 or online at The family would like to thank the many health care professionals who provided exceptional and compassionate care and support, especially Dr. Rodney Place, Lucinda, Lucy, Helen and Ariana from Classic LifeCare, the Alberta Health Services Home Care team and the staff at Dulcina Hospice.

In living memory of Lon Doty, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Julie and Peter Harrington

    Mike. So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Hope everyone is doing as well as can be expected. Take care and hope to see you soon.

    Julie and Peter

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  2. To the Doty family
    My sincere condolences on the death of Lon. I have many happy memories of my connection with Lon through CHS and elsewhere. My thoughts are with all of the family at this time.

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  3. Liz (St.Clair) Chalmers

    Dear Doty Family,

    I was very sad to read about the loss of Lon Doty even though it has been well over 40 years since I – or my family – has seen him. We grew up in Whittier; I remember the Doty’s house, near La Serna High School, like it was yesterday. The Doty’s were a FUN and very nice family! Steve Doty and I are about the same age; he always had a huge smile on his face… just like the rest of the family.

    My parents were especially fond of Lon and Nancy. We all mourn his passing, as well as Nancy’s a few years ago.

    God Bless the Doty clan and thanks for the memories!

    Liz (St.Clair) Chalmers
    Manhattan Beach, California

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  4. Kathy and Ken Sissons

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Lon’s passing…Ken and I had the fortunate experience to know your beautiful mother and father through a business relationship. Lon was a bright light always …his big, beautiful smile welcoming. Ken had the pleasure of having Lon be his mentor and friend over the years. With his vast knowlegdge and life experience he was always able to give the most helpful advise and sincerest friendship….He will be deeply missed.
    Lon and Nancy together again…they are looking down on all of us and having the time of their lives!!! May our thoughts and prayers give you comfort at the sad time. Love, Kathy and Ken

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  5. Mary Ann & Donald May

    It is with deep sadness that we read that Lon passed away. Nancy and Lon were a wonderful couple. They lived in the same condo complex as my mother so we saw them frequently. My mother lived to be 91 years old and passed away in May 2013. I will always remember how kind Nancy and Lon were to my elderly mother throughout the years. Lon would always joke with my mother and ask her if she was going out for a ‘wild’ evening!
    Mary Ann & Donald May

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  6. To Mike and The Doty Family,
    It’s with great sadness I was informed about Lon’s passing. I have known Lon for 18 years and had always been impressed by his honesty, sincerity and integrity. His broad smiles always brightened the days of those around him. Lon was well-liked and well respected by those who had the privilege of knowing him. My deepest condolences to you Mike and all members of the Doty Family. To quote an unknown author: ” Although it’s difficult to see beyond tomorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.”
    Michael Chan.

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  7. Joe & Cyndi Englebrecht

    Tim, John and the entire family, our sincere condolences on the passing of Lon. We go back to the St Bruno days where I was coaching and doing some teaching . Your father was such a fun man with great people skills. He gave me a part time job at Bell Brand in 1968 or 69!!!! Sounds like the family has had some great experiences in the Calgary area. I have fond memories of the Doty family and have thought of you often. Certainly thinking of you now. Sincerely, Joe & Cyndi Englebrecht

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  8. To the Doty family, our most sincere condolences on the passing of your father. He was a very special man, with a very special family. He was such a positive person and a wonderful role model, for myself and my brothers. As a coach, he not only taught us the skills of a sport, he instilled a greater sense of how a person should conduct themselves and treat others. How lucky we were to know him. Thinking of you all at this time. Sincerely Roger Laing and the Laing family.

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  9. Mary Alice Nigg Holmes

    Dear Doty Cousins, nieces and nephews,
    Wow our families and all the memories! Wonderful times at Muirfield, every Sunday for swimming, hide and go seek around the block, and dinner. Bonnie Brae in Santa Barbara and of course the ranch. That is the wonderful legacy our parents, and grandparents gave us and taught us how to care for one another, and cherish family. Your dad was so much fun, with that great smile of his, throwing us into the pool, and just being there with all of us kids. Love to hear Denlin and Ellen’s fond memories too. Love to you all, Mary Alice

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  10. kohei & Junko Yokura

    Dear Doty Family
    Our sincere condolences on the passing of Great Lon. First time we met him was at Storm Mountain Lodge we used to celebrate my wife’s birthday in July. I still remember whatever the mean of wink and smile he gave me when I ordered horse radish to go with Prime Rib we ordered.
    Luckily I got to know him very well through many years of Schwarz-Orru golf tournament. We had a great time whether playing golf or partying. I loved his putting stance most.
    We will be missing his warm smile and I will be missing the way he called my name.
    Kohei & Junko Yokura

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  11. Dear Doty Family – I’m remembering Lon at Sunset Ranch, that beautiful property I was privileged to share for a time. He was consistently positive and energetic, a real gentleman, and I remember both him and Nancy with fondness. May his gifts and talents live on in your family.
    Patti Lott (nee Simpson)

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