Douglas Charles Lindsay, 77, of Stanwood, MI, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Altercare of Big Rapids.
He was born March 17, 1945, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Charles Homer Lindsay and Hilda (Pflumm) Lindsay. Doug fought a long and hard battle following back surgery and additional complications for over four years. He was a stoic and gentle man who handled his adversity with dignity and grace. Doug will be missed dearly by many friends and family, but we are rejoicing that he is free from this earthly pain and is surrounded by everlasting love.
Doug graduated from Bethany College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967. He received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. Doug was a co-founder of the architectural firm BLM, now Array Architects: one of the few firms in the US that specialize in healthcare design. He leaves a legacy with the firm and his clients for his passion and commitment to designing healthcare spaces that make sense for patients and operations. Doug was a great mentor and inspiration to his staff. He was also a true friend, a great storyteller and loving husband.
After meeting and working together on one of his hospital design projects in Phoenix Arizona, Doug met a nurse and later married Julie (Windquist) Lindsay on New Year’s Eve in New York City in 1992. They had many happy years in Wayne, Pennsylvania. In 2009 after Doug retired from Array (in 2007), they moved to Tullymore in Stanwood Michigan to be closer to Julie's family in Big Rapids. Doug designed their home overlooking the 16th hole at Tullymore and their patio became quite a gathering spot for friends.
Doug's passion encompassed his hobbies as well. Golf has been one of those passions throughout his life. He was captain of his high school and college golf teams. Doug later became interested in making and fitting his own clubs and completed two clubmaker certifications. He made many clubs for friends around the country and later when he retired in Michigan. Doug also assisted with the Professional Golf Management Program at Ferris State University, teaching some club fitting and repair classes. He had a knowledge and interest in horticulture and gardening and was an avid cyclist in the 1980s. He was a very competent chess player. When he could no longer golf, he took up an old hobby of target archery. Doug was a huge collector of all things golf, chess, cigars. books and archery to name a few.
Doug is survived by his wife Julie of 30 years; his sister Rebecca (John) Lanesky of Naples, FL; his brother Bob (Sue) Lindsay of Gettsburg, PA; close brothers-in law Carl (Karen) and Craig (Toni) Windquist; sister-in-law Beth Windquist, all of Big Rapids; and many nieces, nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family would like to thank the caring individuals at Altercare in Big Rapids and Spectrum Health Hospice for their kindness to Doug over the last months of his life. Doug chose to be cremated and requested no formal services. Care and arrangements are entrusted to the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Share a memory or express condolences at mohnkefuneralhome.com.