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Utah PGA Pro and UGA Rules Official Doug Vilven Passes

Douglas Owen Vilven

1948 ~ 2018

Salt Lake City, UT-Doug passed away suddenly at age 70 on Sunday, December 23rd after suffering a short illness.

Born February 20, 1948 in Wamego, Kansas to Wallace and Dorothy (Peddicord) Vilven. He attended Highland High School and Utah State University.

Married Denise Sargetakis 12/28/75.

Survived by wife Denise, son Mike (Rachel) and daughter DeDe, grandson Elias Vilven, brother, Jon Vilven (Larkin), in laws, Mary Cowan- Klein and Rich Klein, Joe Sargetakis and Paula Swaner Sargetakis as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents and sister Marsha.

Doug was a prominent PGA of America golf professional who worked at many courses in Utah, California, and Illinois. He was an advocate of various PGA organizations where he served on the board of directors of the PGA of America, President of the Rocky Mountain Section PGA, named Utah Section Professional of the Year twice and was a member on the National Rules Committee for the PGA for many years.

He also served as adjunct professor at the PGA campus in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Doug had a vision for a year round golf practice facility and built Golf in the Round.

He was known and loved by friends and colleagues all over the country that he met both in and out of his golf career.

At Doug’s request there will be no viewing or funeral. There will be a celebration of life in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Doug’s memory to the Utah PGA Junior Foundation go to or the Gamma Kappa chapter Sigma Chi, c/o Darrin Casper, 1060 Vista View Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84121. Condolences can be left at