When Doug Motley was born in 1946, his family was living on Highland Avenue in northwest Glendale.
His father, Watson, was an engineer with Pacific Telephone Company. Watson Motley had studied engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and trained as a military cadet, but left school in his junior year to serve in the U.S. Army in France during World War One. There he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. “He was a courier of sorts, delivering messages all over France by way of motorcycle,” Doug Motley said.
“My mom, Mildred Sanford Motley, was born in Alamogordo, New Mexico around 1904, before New Mexico was a state.” Motley doesn’t know how they met, but said they resided in Prescott, Arizona before moving to this area in the 1920s.
“I believe they moved to their home at 1634 Highland Avenue in Glendale sometime in the 1930s,” Doug Motley said. His father worked in what was called the Yellow Pages building in Los Angeles.