J. Douglas Pardee, chairman of the board emeritus of Pardee Construction Co., passed away at 96 years of age on November 23, 2018.
Pardee also served on the board of trustees at the University of Southern California, “Doug Pardee’s generosity has touched many generations of Trojans and has nourished our students’ dreams for decades,” said USC interim President Wanda M. Austin. “He believed deeply in the university’s academic mission, and time and again offered his leadership and support wherever they were most needed.
As the West Coast boomed, the business grew quickly, building custom homes and commercial properties in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego. After merging with Weyerhaeuser Co. in 1969, Pardee Construction pioneered the development of master-planned communities, beginning with Mission Oaks in Ventura County, followed by Spring Valley in Las Vegas and ending with Del Mar Highlands in San Diego. Pardee retired from the company in 1986.