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James "Garth" Doan

October 1, 1959 — May 25, 2024

Bryan, Tx

James "Garth" Doan, a godly man known for his unwavering faith, generosity, thoughtfulness, and zest for living life in the fast lane, passed away on May 25, 2024. His life was a testament to his deep faith and enduring spirit.

Garth began his career as a directional driller, a role that required precision, skill, and resilience. His professional journey took a significant turn when he partnered with Todd and Cheri Healy of T&C Construction, venturing into the oil and gas pipeline construction industry. Together, they built a successful and reputable business, known for its excellence and commitment to quality.

Garth married his best friend and adoring wife Ruthie in 2017 and their relationship was a beacon of love, support, companionship, and shared adventures; their bond was a source of strength and joy for both. Garth's zest for life was evident in his many hobbies and interests. He found immense joy in riding his motorcycle with Ruthie, exploring new places, and enjoying the freedom of the open road. He cherished spending quality time with loved ones, whether in his workshop tinkering on various projects or passionately supporting the Dallas Cowboys with a cold beverage in hand. One of his proudest accomplishments was achieving two hole-in-one shots during his golfing days, a testament to his skill and love for the sport.

Garth's home was brightened by his cherished companion, Curly. Known for his love of table scraps, Curly was gradually won over by Garth, eventually becoming his loyal furry friend—a testament to Garth's loving and gentle nature.

Garth is reunited in death with his parents, Leland Vaughn Doan and Mary Sue Eager Doan.

He leaves behind a legacy through his devoted spouse, Ruthie Doan; his brother Gregg and Karen Doan, and sister Sharon Cox; his children, Kristy Vargas and her husband Joseph, and Tyler Doan and his wife Jaime; and his stepchildren, Justin Owens, and Dually Owens and his wife Sarah. Garth was also a proud grandfather to Madi Cordova, Preslee Vargas, Brinley Vargas, Tavyn Doan, and Tylie Doan, as well as a step-grandfather to Matthew Owens, Bronx Owens, and Sara Owens.

Garth will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His vibrant spirit, faith-driven life, and the loving legacy he leaves behind will continue to inspire and uplift those who were fortunate enough to share in his journey. Ruthie extends her heartfelt gratitude to all who knew and loved Garth, celebrating his life and the profound impact he had on everyone around him.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations to the Alzheimer's Association be made in Garth's honor. Those donations can be made using this link:

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Saturday, June 8, 2024

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4080 Texas 6 Frontage Rd, College Station, TX 77845

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