FLORENCE — The memorial service for Carl James “Joe” Douglas, 54, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Florence.
Mr. Douglas, CEO of Stinger Welding Inc. of Coolidge, was found dead after a plane crashed in northwestern Montana about midnight Dec. 18, 2012.
He was born in Florence and raised in Colorado and Florence. A 1977 graduate of Florence High School, he served on the Florence Town Council.
He started his business in 1996 in Coolidge. The company did extensive manufacturing of bridges, including for the Valley light rail system, emergency work on the Bay Bridge in California, a rail bridge in Queen Creek and others, and at Tempe Town Lake. He worked on the Mexican border fence and made pedestrian bridges for sites all over the Valley.
He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Jordan; his mother, Joyce Shaw of Coolidge; a daughter, Paige of Coolidge; a brother, Charles Douglas of Overgaard; three sisters, Linda Reid of Laveen, Susan Lamb of Bakersfield, Calif., and Debbie Holyoak of Clay Springs; and his grandfather Angus Busby of Valley Farms.