Doyle Hathaway, the original owner of Doyle’s Pharmacy in Westchester, has died. He was 85.
Hathaway passed away peacefully after a two-year courageous battle with dementia on Oct. 3, with his wife of 45 years, Carol, at his side.
Hathaway was born in McKinney, TX Nov. 10, 1926 to Glenn and Edna Hathaway. Shortly after, the family moved to California and settled in the Long Beach area.
Hathaway grew up and attended school in Long Beach, and upon graduation he enrolled in the baseball program at Long Beach City College before being accepted to the USC School of Pharmacy. He received his pharmaceutical degree in 1950, and opened Doyle’s Pharmacy in Westchester. After serving the people of Westchester for years, Hathaway bought Irvine Plaza Pharmacy in Tustin.
Hathaway remained very loyal to USC by belonging to the pharmacy school alumni association, and Cardinal and Gold athletic support group. He and his wife attended all home USC football games, and frequently traveled back to South Bend, Ind. for the USC-Notre Dame game. In 1999, Hathaway and his wife were lucky enough to fly on the team plane for the University of Hawaii game.
The love of sports was a big highlight in his life. He bowled in the L.A. All-Stars event as captain of the Doyle’s Pharmacy team for several years before spending many days on the golf course.
Travel was another favorite hobby, as he and Carol trekked to locations throughout the world, during the years that they shared together. After spending 10 years of retirement in Coto De Caza, Calif., the couple made their home in Sun City Palm Desert, Calif. for the last eight years of his life.
Hathaway was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and son, brother Tom and daughter Leslee. He is survived by his wife Carol, grandson Denny and his wife Monique, as well as three other grandchildren, Michelle, Mike and Jennifer.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 12 at the Skyrose Chapel, with burial immediately following at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.