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Welcome to the memorial page for

Douglas Allen Askew

July 30, 1945 ~ October 3, 2019 (age 74)

Douglas Allen Askew passed away unexpectedly on October 3rd, 2019, in Denver, CO, due to pneumonia following surgery.

Doug was born to Al and Alice Marie Askew on July 30th,1945 in Dodge City, KS and attended high school at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA. Upon graduation in 1963, he enlisted in the Navy. He went to the Naval Nuclear Power School and later was deployed on nuclear submarines in the Pacific. Later, Doug worked for Polk County, Ia for approximately 25 years as a real-estate assessor.

Doug had a lifelong love of music, especially jazz. He was an avid baseball fan and loved the Chicago Cubs and the Kansas City Royals. When Doug was younger, he let his theatrical personality shine while acting in the Stoner Community Theatre. Animals were an important part of Doug’s life, he loved spending time with his cats.

He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and his presence will be greatly missed. He was proceeded in death by his parents Al and Alice Marie. He is survived by wife and life partner of 35 years Jan Burlingame Falk. His daughter Emily (Frahm-Askew) MacFarland (Patrick). Sister Pamela Buster (Alan), brother Thomas Askew (Karen). Grandchildren Holden, Sam, and Delia MacFarland. Step children Jeff Falk, Amy (Falk) Middlekauff (Lee), Robyn Falk (Randy). Step grandchildren Brittney Reed, Torin Cason, Connor and Grace Middlekauff. Many nieces, nephews, and friends. And his beloved kitties Max, Moe, and Mimi.

Please join us in a celebration of Doug’s life June 6th, 2020 at 2pm at the First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Avenue, Des Moines, Ia. With a baseball game in honor of Doug to follow at 4pm at Raccoon Valley Little League in Des Moines, Ia. Bring your glove to play, or simply cheer from the stands.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a contribution to Wild Blue Cats 5975 Burgess Rd. Colorado Springs, CO 80908, or St. Joseph’s Indian School 1301 N. Main St. Chamberlain, SD 57325 charity in Doug’s honor. 

Special thanks to the ICU team of doctors and nurses at Presbyterian St. Luke’s in Denver, Co. And the surgeons who operated on Doug to remove cancer. We are forever grateful for your care.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Wild Blue Cats
5975 Burgess Rd., Colorado Springs CO 80908
Web: https://www.wbcats.org/

St. Joseph's Indian School
1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain SD 57325
Web: https://www.stjo.org/


Celebration of Life
Saturday
June 6, 2020

2:00 PM
First Unitarian Church Unitarian Church
1800 Bell Ave.
DesMoines, IA 50315


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