James Douglas “Doug” Guynes, 66, of Merkel passed away and was greeted by his Savior in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 4, 2021. Doug was born on September 19, 1954 to James and Cora Bernell (Cox) Guynes in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. After graduating from Sidney High School in 1972 Doug attended and played basketball for Fort Worth Christian and Dallas Christian Before returning to Abilene. He attended Abilene Christian College and graduated in 1975 with his Bachelor’s Degree. He went on to obtain his Master’s Degree in 1979. Doug married the love of his life Judy Lyn Diltz on March 17, 1979 and had recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary. He coached until 2000 and was a proud member of the coaching staff that won the State Football Championship at Sweetwater in 1985. Following his coaching career Doug went into school administration until the time of his retirement in 2009. He loved going to school every day even as an adult and always went with a smile. Doug enjoyed building houses, making people laugh and travelling. Doug loved all sports but had a special love for basketball. Doug is survived by his loving wife Judy (Diltz) Guynes; children Cody Guynes and wife Christina of Kermit, Clay Guynes of Roby and Cristi Maldonado and husband Justin of Merkel; four grandchildren Tristan Cano of Fort Worth, LeeAnn Schaller of Lubbock, Hunter Guynes of Kermit, and Ellum Maldonado of Merkel; and sister Kathleen Welborn of Early. Doug is also survived by many nieces, nephews, close cousins and many other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Hayze Maldonado; and two brothers-in-law Charles Blanton and Ronnie Welborn. A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM Friday, July 9, 2021 at the Merkel Church of Christ. There will be a visitation at the Family Life Center immediately following the service. The family would like to give special thanks to Texas Oncology, Dr. Anton Melnyk, Dr. Ted Ritchie and the staff of Hendrick Hospice Care for their love and care.
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