NEAL ROY DOTY
RESIDENT OF BRENTWOOD
May 31, 1938-February 27, 2015
Neal passed with anticipation and joy into the arms of Jesus at his home in Brentwood on February 27, at the age of 76, after a long battle with cancer. He was born on May 31, 1938 in Everett, Washington to Gregg and Louise Doty and later moved to Bellingham, Washington, where he met his future wife, Jean Pitts. Neal and Jean were married in 1960 and enjoyed 54 years together in ministry, making memories and a family of two children, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Neal graduated with honors from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois in 1960. His first ministry was as Youth Minister at Broadway United Presbyterian Church in Bellingham. He later joined the WMBI radio department at Moody; sang with the 16 Singing Men and directed choirs for Chicagoland Youth for Christ. In 1965 he came to California to minister at Redwood Chapel Community Church in Castro Valley, where he served 7 years as Youth Pastor, 7 years as Associate Pastor and 7 years as Senior Pastor. His next call to ministry was at Northshore Community Alliance in Richmond where he served as Senior Pastor for 19 years. In 2003, at age 67, he resigned from a fulltime pastorate and moved to part-time ministry at Brentwood Neighborhood Church. This move has given the family a closeness they have enjoyed, with Family Dinners at daughter Shannon’s home on Thursday evenings.
Neal is survived by wife Jean and their two children; Sean Doty and Shannon (Doty) Hagmann; son-in-law Adam Hagmann; grandchildren Austin Hagmann, Amber Hagmann, Wesley Hagmann and Shae Doty; and great granddaughter Emma Dagle and her mother Kayla Dagle.
A celebration of Neal’s life will be held Saturday, March 28, 2:00 pm at Redwood Chapel Community Church, 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, California. Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to LOGOI Ministries (founded by Neal’s brother-in-law, Les Thompson) at LOGOI.org or 12900 SW St, Suite 204, Miami, FL 33186-9963.
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm
Redwood Chapel Community Church
Address:19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA,