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Douglas Ray West

April 5, 1955 — March 3, 2023

Preston, Idaho

Douglas Ray West


Our dearest dad, Douglas Ray West, 67, passed away on March 3, 2023.  Doug was born on April 5, 1955, an exciting surprise to Phillip L West & Roberta S Smith.  Doug was raised in Preston, Idaho and attended Preston High School graduating in 1973.  Doug attended ISU for one year then moved home to Preston to work alongside his father at West Motor Co.  Doug met Wendy in 1969 and they dated all through high school and college and they married in 1975.  Together they had three daughters: Audrey, Emily, and Janice. Doug was a dynamic member of the Preston and Cache Valley communities.  Doug was very passionate about his business and the lifelong relationships made with his customers and business associates. 

Doug’s life was spent serving in organizations including: The Preston Chamber of Commerce, The Preston Elks Lodge, Preston & Logan Rotary Clubs, Preston Airport, FCMC foundation member, Preston School Board, Oneida Stake Academy Board, just to name a few.

Doug’s favorites and hobbies include- restoring his classic car collection and  flying in his fathers restored Beechcraft Bonanza.  He also loved being with his family, boating, working in the yard, and seeing people have fun! After the passing of his beloved wife Wendy, he met & married Lori Swainston Jones in August 2021.  Although their time together was short, they shared many great adventures including car shows, camping, Elks conventions, & delivering cars to their new owners for West Motor. And most recently, a trip touring Italy. They were blessed to find one another.

Doug adored his nephews, Steve Bell, Chris Bell, Greg  Bell & his cousin Jocelyn Fannin whom he considered his brothers & sister. Robert Laursen was a special “Brother from another Mother”.

Doug is survived by his daughters: Audrey (Rod) Murray of Preston, Idaho;  Emily (Chad) Cole of Preston, Idaho; Janice (Justin) Williams of Smithfield, Utah;  by his wife,  Lori Swainston Jones of Preston; by his brothers: George (Janet) West of Plain City, Utah; and Ralph (Susan) West of Preston; by  grandkids:  Tanner (Talia) Murray, Tyler Ann Gilbert, Trevin Gilbert, Kaden (Kailey) Cole, Rilee Ray Cole, Mason Cole, Kameron Cole, and Vivia Williams; by his great-grandkids: Lyra Murray, Marek Murray, and Ava Cole.; by Lori’s Children: Nicole Jones of Twin Falls, Idaho;    Zachary Jones of SLC, Utah;  Dustin Jones of Juneau, Alaska; and  grandchildren:  Janie Ward, Whitney Ward, and Kayson Jones.

Doug is preceded in death by his wife Wendy Spackman West; by a granddaughter Katelyn West, by his father, Phillip L West; his mother, Roberta S West; and by two sisters Patricia West and Sidney Carpenter.


Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 13, 2023 at 11 a.m. in the Preston North Stake Center, 310 N. State, Preston, Idaho.  The services will be streamed live and may be watched Monday at 11 am (MST) by clicking on the following link:

 Viewings will be held Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 South 800 East, Preston and Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the stake center.  Interment will be in the Preston Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Idaho Elks Rehab, P.O. Box 1100, Boise, ID 83701 (on the check please write:  In Memory of Doug West).  If you wish to donate to Rotary International, go to and click on “Donate”.  Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at


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