Douglas L. Gardner |

Douglas L. Gardner

A memorial service is planned Aug. 25 in Newport Beach, Calif., for Douglas L. Gardner, 45, of Glendora and Newport Beach, who died Aug. 18, 2006, in a motorcycle accident on Highway 50 west of Spooner Summit. He was in the area to attend a National Ski Patrol volunteer’s picnic.

Doug was born April 21, 1961, in Westminster, Calif. He had a degree in mechanical engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He took over his father’s Newport Beach independent insurance agency, Layton Gardner Insurance Agency in Newport Beach in 1999. Following his father’s death he formed his company, Douglas L. Gardner Insurance Services in Glendora.

He had been an active member of the South Shore Yacht Club and served as commodore in 2002-2003. An avid sailor, he spent much of his free time racing his Cal 35 Mk II sloop, Coeur D’Or. He was also an avid snow skier and began volunteering for the National Ski Patrol in 1991 at Perfect North Slope in Indiana. When he returned to Southern California in 1994, he continued to ski patrol in California. During the last two ski seasons he commuted to South Lake Tahoe and patrolled at Diamond Peak in Incline Village, Nev. His other sporting interests included Colorado River jet skiing, UCLA Bruins football and NASCAR and INDY auto racing. He also enjoyed restoring classic cars.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Knoer) Gardner of Glendora; mother, Colete Gardner of Irvine; and brother, Donald Gardner of Mountain View, Calif.

A memorial service and reception will begin at noon Aug. 25 at the American Legion Yacht Club, 215 E. 15th Street, Newport Beach. His ashes will be scattered at sea.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Doug’s name to UET-Rose Float Endowment and sent to Attn: Ron Simons, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona, CA 91768 or to Youth-at-Risk Sailing Program, c/o Orange Coast College Foundation, Attn: Doug Bennett, Director, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

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