Allen Judson Doan, Jr. 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Solara Hospital in McAllen, TX.
“Bob” as he was known by family and friends was a lifelong resident of San Benito, Texas. After the death of his mother in 2003, he moved to Villa of Harlingen, where he enjoyed a contented life with his circle of friends.
Mr. Doan was born on July 21, 1930, in San Benito, the only son of Amelia and Allen Doan, Sr., whose family also included four daughters, all of whom doted on their brother.
Mr. Doan graduated from San Benito High School in 1950. He was a lifelong devoted fan of the school’s athletic teams, eventually becoming known as “Mr. Greyhound”. Over the years Mr. Doan kept a detailed record of Valley football statistics, becoming an expert source for all things Greyhound. He faithfully followed his favorite teams, especially the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Dallas Cowboys, and later the Houston Texans. He was seldom seen without his transistor radio and television set, always tuned to his special sports and talk shows.
Mr. Doan served his country honorably during the Korean Conflict before settling into a career in the moving and storage business. He worked for many years for his father at Doan’s Transfer and Storage Company in Harlingen, Texas and later at similar businesses.
Mr. Doan was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Harry Allen Doan and Almina Louisa Doan; his maternal grandmother Guadalupe Cavazos, and his parents Allen Judson Doan, Sr., and Amelia Trevino Doan.
He is survived by his four sisters, Elizabeth Doan Owen McAdams of Austin, Jeanette Doan Horton of Harlingen, Mina Doan Porter of Montgomery and Diantha Doan Gray of Round Rock. He was a true brother to his sister’ husbands: the late Charles B. Owen, the late Elwood G. McAdams, William A. Horton, Wayne K. Porter and Lonnie Gray. He also leaves 10 nieces and nephews.
On his father’s side, Mr. Doan’s ancestors were settlers in the early Plymouth Colony of Massachesetts. Later, family members migrated to Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Harry and Almina Doan were pioneer Valley residents, settling in 1914 in the Rio Grande City area, where Harry’s Aunt, Anna Marietta Kelsey, owned a large ranch. Later, Harry’s brother William Doan was a sheriff of Hidalgo County. As a civil engineer, Harry helped establish the Valley’s irrigation system. Almina worked as a school teacher. Together with their family, Harry and Mina settled in San Benito in 1925. They were founding members of the newly built First Methodist Church, where family members worshipped for over 75 years.
Mr. Doan’s mother was a direct descendant of the Cavazos family, whose patriarch was awarded the original Spanish land grant known as the San Juan de Carricitos ranch in 1600’s. That ranch at one time stretched from the Nueces River to the Arroyo Colorado.
The family will welcome visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at San Benito Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at San Benito Funeral Home with Rev. Melissa S. Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.
You may send your condolences to the Doan family online to www.sanbenitofuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of San Benito Funeral Home, 1400 W. Hwy. 77, San Benito, TX; 78586 (956) 361-9192.