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Doyle Wilcox Perkins
September 30, 1932– December 4, 2019
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Doyle Wilcox Perkins, 87, passed away December 4, 2019 knowing he had led a happy, faithful, and productive life. Doyle was a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and valued friend to many.
   He was a dedicated husband to Marlene Backman Perkins. They married June 21, 1952 and together they raised three sons, Keith, Mark and Bryce.
   He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served the church in many positions during his time on earth. He was proud to be a fourth generation Mormon with family roots extending back to the 1847 migration of the Saints to Salt Lake Valley.
   Doyle was born in Gillete, Wyoming to Orvel John Perkins and Jennie Josephine Wilcox Perkins. Doyle graduated from East High in Salt Lake City, attended the University of Utah and served for a brief time in the US Army.
Doyle found his profession in automotive sales. Working for the Intermountain Parts Company and later for Champion Spark Plugs, he traveled the Western US in pursuit of trade. He was an “old school” traveling salesman driving town-to-town in the 60s  on the narrow and winding highways, roads and dirt-ways of the Intermountain States. He followed his work to California in 1972 where he became a District Manager for Champion. He first moved his family to San Jose and later to El Dorado Hills, CA. In 1986, Doyle gave up the traveling sales life and purchased an auto parts store in Elk Grove, CA. He successfully ran a NAPA store out of the historic Masonic Lodge building in the old town section. A tragic arson fire destroyed the business in 1989 in what was one of the largest structure fires in Elk Grove’s history. Doyle and Marlene rebuilt the building and reopened the business eventually selling it to employees in 1993. They then returned to Salt Lake to the original Perkins family home to care for Doyle’s sister. They worshipped at the Garden Park Ward.
In their silver years, they retired to St. George, UT, where Doyle and Marlene worked at the Saint George Temple. They spent their golden years in Ripon, CA to be near the comfort and safety of family. Doyle made friends easily and loved camaraderie, conversation, games, gatherings and parties. He remained witty and informed of current events until his final day.  
   He thrived as the last living member of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Marlene, his parents, all seven of his siblings and one great-grandchild. He is survived by his sons Bryce (Marcia)of Ripon, CA, Mark (Debbie) of Placerville, CA, Keith (Kaye)of Selma, OR, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was dearly loved and will be fondly missed by his entire family and his many friends.
   A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. December 12, 2019 at the Manteca Ward on Northland Ave. In lieu of flowers, kindly send remembrances to Pets and Pals, tax id 46-1489283 or to the Manteca Ward in care of Bishop Kirk. Designate Missionary fund on your donation.

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin

Saturday, December 7, 2019