Douglas Southwick

Douglas James Southwick, 59, of Clear Lake, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at his home.

A celebration of life will be held Friday, Nov. 17, from 5-7 p.m. at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake with a memorial service at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Zion Lutheran Church, 112 N. 4th St., Clear Lake. Inurnment will be at a later date. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake.

Family suggests memorial contributions to the Douglas J. Southwick Memorial Fund.

Doug was born Jan. 28, 1958, the son of William “Bill” Lloyd and Phyllis Ann (Plog) Southwick in Storm Lake. He married Dawn Renee Dwyer on Dec. 30, 1989, at Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake.

A graduate of Storm Lake High School, Doug continued his education at University of Iowa where he earned a bachelor’s degree.  He had various jobs throughout his life including: national account manager for NCR Corporation and Retail Data Systems, Alexander Batteries in Mason City and Kingland Systems in Clear Lake, prior to starting a family owned business, Southwick Technologies.

Doug was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, and the Clear Lake Yacht Club, where he served as commodore of Hobie Fleet 10. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes fan, and also enjoyed sailing, boating and playing tennis. He was a fun-loving, very hardworking man who cherished the time spent with his family.

Doug is survived by his wife, Dawn Southwick of Clear Lake; three children: Hillary Renee Southwick of New York, N.Y.; Harrison Fitzgerald Southwick of West Des Moines; and Halston Southwick of Iowa City; his mother, Phyllis (Bob Jesse) Southwick of Storm Lake; two siblings, Jeff (Cheryl) Southwick of Jupiter, Fla. and Lynn (Tom) Hall of Monticello, Ind.; mother-in-law, Barbara Dwyer of Clear Lake; two brothers-in-law, Kim (Sue) Dwyer of Clear Lake and Kirk (Tracy) Dwyer of Anchorage; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; Ella, his faithful black lab; and George and Jeffrey, his two cats.

He was preceded in death by his father; father-in-law, Jerry Dwyer; brother-in-law, Dr. Jeff Dwyer; his grandparents; and his very special maternal grandfather, Ernest “Ernie” Plog.