March 28, 1986 – August 27, 2021
Our precious son Doug left us on Friday, August 27. A bright light went out in the universe with his passing.
He died after suffering from a severe allergic reaction to the COVID vaccine, according to the family.
Douglas (Dougo, Dougie, Dugger, McGruffs) had the most caring, loving, adventuresome spirit, and he lived his life at full throttle. He cherished his family, and was such a loving son, brother, nephew, friend, boyfriend and uncle to his niece and nephews whom he adored. He just lit up the room with his infectious laughter, especially at all our family celebrations, and we will all miss his hugs, his smile, his beautiful blue eyes and his hilarious sense of humor.
He loved being out in nature hiking his favorite trails in the Palisades up in The Highlands, Los Liones and Will Rogers, and blasting up the coast on his Ducati motorcycle along the ocean. His very favorite place was the north shore of Maui where we spent so many family vacations throughout his life.
He had one last adventure there this summer and went out on the ocean fishing. He was excited to catch two Dorados. Doug was also a fabulous cook, and he was able to prepare some great meals from his catch while he was there. He was enjoying his life doing what he loved in a place that he loved so much.
Doug grew up in the Palisades attending Methodist Preschool, Corpus Christi Elementary School and graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism. Doug was a talented and successful VFX (visual effects) producer, worked tirelessly, and was committed to delivering the very best finished project to his clients and agencies, while also always advocating for his co-workers. He cared deeply about his family, friends and co-workers.
We could not be more proud of the wonderful person that we were privileged to call our son and have had in our lives for these 35 years. We are forever grateful for the many moments of joy that he brought into all our lives, and he will be missed so very much.
He leaves behind his heartbroken family, his parents, Jan (aka Janner) and Jeff, sister Sarah, brother Greg, brother-in-law Jeff, sister-in-law Nicole, niece Avery, nephews Cole, Ryder, and Everett, his loving girlfriend Nikki, aunts, uncles, cousins, countless life-long friends and co-workers, and his beloved pups Maizie and Reggie.
Sail on sweet boy. Spread your wonderful energy into the universe and surround yourself with God’s infinite love. You will always be in our hearts.
A celebration of Doug’s life is being planned and will be held in the upcoming weeks.
Editor’s note: The case status and cause of death as per the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner for Douglas Scruton have been deferred pending additional investigation.
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