Doug Day


March 8, 1954 — July 1, 2020

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Doug was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Wilma D. and Glenn Leonard Day, moved to Odessa, Texas, a year later.

Doug swam for local teams, coached by his dad, and took up the guitar at an early age. He was playing gigs by age 15. After graduating from Permian High, he moved to Austin, pursuing his music career.

While living in Austin, he played the Cactus Café, many places on 6th Street, and the Saxon Pub.

He moved to Dallas, and played at Chelsea Street Pubs across Texas, and did studio work. Doug composed, produced and sang jingles and post-scores in Dallas, Ft Worth and Austin.

Doug later moved to Nashville, where he had a contract with EMI to write music. He signed with Powel music group. Highlights included playing with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Garth Brooks band as the house act at the Wildhorse Saloon. Doug played one night at the fabled Blue Bird Café and produced jingles with Willie Nelson, Michael Bolton and Marc Cohn in New York City. After his mother Wilma died, he moved back to Texas and bought a house on Lake Buchanan.

Doug was playing various gigs in the Hill Country, did a tour in Tokyo with Tapestry, then started playing regularly at Canyon of the Eagles Resort on Lake Buchanan.

This spring, Doug developed tracheal cancer and continued his work as long as he could. His struggles are now over. He’s singing in the heavenly choir! Doug’s family is especially appreciative of his dear friends Gib Shackleford and Randy Brown for their unflagging help and support through thick and thin.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lenord and Wilma Day and brother Glyn L. Day.

He is survived by his dog Jackson, sister DeAnna Day Hargis Phillips of Austin; niece and husband Kellie James Bourne and Richard Bourne of Wylie, Texas; nephew Wood Hargis and wife D’Anne Hargis of Pflugerville, Texas; nephew Sam Hargis and wife Ann Hargis of Kenosha, Wisconsin; nephew Glyn Leonard Day and wife Diane of Overbrook, Kansas; niece Denise Neeb and husband Phillip Neeb of Lubbock, Texas; niece Kim Arnold and husband James Arnold of Lubbock, Texas, and many great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Highland Lakes SPCA,, in Doug Day’s name.

Please check out Doug’s music on You-Tube

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