Douglas George Bischoff, age 64, died peacefully at his home, May 12, 1991 after a long illness.
He was born October 19, 1926 in Salt Lake City, a son of Carl and Gertrude Kirchoff Bischoff. A graduate of West High School, he earned bachelor degrees from the University of Utah and Columbia University, New York City and obtained his Master of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees at the latter as well. He served in the U.S. Navy medical corps during WW II and filled a mission to West Germany from 1949-51. He married Cohleen Jensen on October 7, 1954 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He operated Bischoff Optical Centre for 30 years and was active in community affairs and politics throughout his life. A former president of the S.L. Lions Club, and Salt Lake County Repulican Chairman, Doug was elected to three terms in the Utah State Senate from 1969 to 1976. He organized the Utah citizens for Reagan committee and was the chairman of the Reagan campaigns in 1968, 1976 and 1980. Chairman of the Utah State Fair Board.He was a YMMIA superintendent in five different wards and served as a guide on Temple Square for 20 years. He was a member of the Stake High Council in the Mt. Olympus North Stake, a counselor in the bishopric, and a bishop of the East Millcreek 14th Ward. He presided with his wife over the Switzerland-Zurich Mission from 1980 to 1983. He and his wife were currently serving on the Temple Square Concert Series Committee and he had been teaching the High Priest's Quorum in the Mt. Olympus 2nd Ward. At the time of his death he was the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor.
He is survived by his wife, Cohleen; a daughter, Tamara and husband, Daniel Oswald; son: James Douglas Bischoff; four grandchildren, Rachel, David D., Nathaniel W., and Tressa Oswald; two brothers and two sisters, Robert C. (Doreen) Bischoff; Mrs. Arvella (Ralph) George; Gordon P. (Leila) Bischoff; Mrs. Bette Jean (O.Kent) Kingston; mother-in-law, Mrs. R. L. (Adaline) Jensen.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, 12 noon, May 16, 1991 in the Mt. Olympus Stake Center, 3862 East Oakview Drive (4275 So). Friends may call at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Drive, Wednesday 6-9 p.m. and Thursday at the chapel from 10:30-11:45 am. prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
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