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Philip Lynn Doan

March 18, 1946 ~ November 13, 2021 (age 75)


Philip Lynn Doan, 75, of Merkel passed away on Saturday November 13, 2021 at his home in Merkel, TX.

Visitation will be Monday November 15, 2021 at Starbuck Funeral Home in Merkel from 5 pm to 7 pm. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at The First United Methodist Church in Merkel, TX. with Rev. Rhonda Greenwood, and Philip’s son David Doan officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Starbuck Funeral Home.

Philip was born on March 18, 1946 in Merkel, TX to Clayton and Melba (Shugart) Doan. Philip was a working machine from a very young age. From standing on milk crates, washing dishes at restaurants in Merkel to farm work for the family or local residents specifically in the Mulberry Canyon area, and working for his Uncle Buddy Windham at his Fina service station in Merkel. Philip attended Merkel Schools, and was drafted into the United States Army, serving in Vietnam. Upon returning home from Vietnam, legend has it that Philip chased Kathy Whisenhunt “all over town” and it paid off for him as they were married on June 21st, 1968. Philip spent 54 years in the electrical supply business, starting at Cummins Supply in Abilene, TX in 1967. Philip also held positions at Abilene Winlectric with business partner and great friend Bobby Kirklen, Sweetwater Electric, and Armstrong Electrical Supply in Abilene. Philip officially retired, only because of illness in May of 2021. Philip immersed himself into work “after business hours” as well. Yard work and just manual labor in general was a passion of his. Philip took great pride in his, and his Mother-In-Law’s always manicured yard and property. Philip greatly enjoyed following his kids and grandkids in all of their activities, and the Doan Boys trips to Ruidoso were very special to him.

Philip was preceded in death by his parents Clayton and Melba, Father-In-Law L.C. Whisenhunt, Brothers-In-Law Don Whisenhunt, Jim Toliver, Bob Tate, and niece Courtney Ramsey.

Philip is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 53 years Kathy of Merkel, mother-in-law Martha Whisenhunt of Merkel, son David & wife Tiffany of Abilene, daughter Dayna of Lakeway, Brother-In-Law Ronny Whisenhunt (Jennifer) of Merkel, Sisters-In-Law Carol Whisenhunt of Abilene, and Becky Pursley( Bill) of Potosi. 5 Grandkids, Donovan Doan(Chrissy) of Anson, Kerbie Shadle(Brody) of Abilene, Kinzi Doan, and Kade & Connor McCartney of Abilene. 3 Great-Grandsons, Denver Doan, Sutton Shadle, and Denton Doan. 8 brothers, Danny of Merkel, Mike(Ann) of Midland, Donnie(Joyce) of Merkel, Tommy(Mary) of San Angelo, Jeff(Lana) of Merkel, Johnny(Tammy) of Eldorado, Mark of San Angelo, and Tim of Florida. 5 sisters, Nelda Toliver of San Angelo, Terry Sue Wiggins(Keith) of San Angelo, Nancy Davenport of Flower Mound, Mary Ann Herd(Mitch) of Grape Creek, and Judy Lloyd(Robert) of San Angelo, and 27 nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Donovan Doan, Kyle Whisenhunt, Brody Shadle, Ricky Doan, Cody York, Kris Doan, Chad Doan, Justin Doan, Heath Doan, Tyler Doan, Shane Kirkpatrick, and Mason Doan. Honorary Pallbearers will be JD Lindsey, Ronny Whisenhunt, Bobby Kirklen, Ray Davis, Gary Smith, Donald Hickman, Bobby Owen, and Bill Hitt.

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November 15, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Starbuck Funeral Home
201 Edwards St
Merkel, TX 79536

Funeral Service
November 16, 2021

2:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
1202 S 3rd St.
Merkel, TX 79536

Please note
There will be a Luncheon Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 11:30am at "The Flying Pig" in Merkel. Please bring food between 10-11am.
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