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Duane D. Doan, Jr.

Obituary for Duane D. Doan, Jr.

September 17, 2016
Yardley, Pennsylvania


Duane D. Doan, Jr., a lifelong Bucks County farmer, died at his home in Yardley, PA on September 17th during the Harvest Moon. Known to friends as "Buster", those who knew him will fondly remember seeing him hard at work running farm equipment in the fields or driving truckloads of grain or produce to market. He was a proud farmer with a strong work ethic, firm handshake, and a keen interest in and passion for all things agricultural.

Born in Norristown, PA, Buster was the eldest of the 8 children born to Duane D. Doan Sr. and Ida Mae (Cardell) Doan. As a young boy in 1936, he moved to the Yardley Farm on East Edgewood Road in Lower Makefield (now known as Mirror Lake Road) with his parents. His formative years were lived in the historic Satterthwaite-Doan farmhouse, where he and his family farmed the fields. He was a graduate of Council Rock High School where he was an active member of the Future Farmers of America.

When Thomas & Alice Patterson purchased the Yardley Farm and Doan Farm, Buster was employed by the Pattersons. An enduring bond of nearly 50 years was formed between Tom Patterson and Buster, who considered Tom to be as dear as a father. They spent countless hours together discussing and experimenting with crops to achieve the finest result. In his lifetime, Buster saw agriculture change from horse drawn implements to computer guided equipment.

His farming schedule allowed him to serve the Pennsbury School District as a bus driver for 35 years. He was a police officer with Lower Makefield Township for a number of years. He was a 45-year member of Edgewood Grange #688 and a member of the Delaware Valley Old Time Power Equipment. He was a founding board member of Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc., a charitable group formed for the preservation and restoration of Lower Makefield Township's historic Patterson Farm. Until the time of his passing, he was engaged in the production of a historical documentary about the Patterson Farm.

He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy (Church) Doan and their infant son, and two sisters Doris Doan who died as a child, and Dorothy Doan LoPresti of Groveville, NJ.

He is survived by two daughters, Doris Doan of Milford, PA and Donna Doan of Langhorne, PA, and a son David (Nora) Doan of Levittown, PA, grandchildren Sara Miller and Blaine Miller of Milford, PA, siblings Robert (Shirley) Doan of New Albany, PA, Judith Doan Nevius of Yardley, PA, Charles "Bud" Doan of Yardley, PA, Richard (Brenda) Doan of Yardley, PA and Blaine (Jessica) Doan of Altoona, AL and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to Duane's Life Celebration on Thursday, September 22 from 6 to 8 PM and on Friday from 10 to 11 AM at the Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home, 323 Washington Ave, Newtown, PA followed by his Funeral service at 11 AM. Interment will be in Newtown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. 668 Stony Hill Road, Box 303, Yardley, PA 19067.

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    668 Stony Hill Road, Box 303
    Yardley, PA 19067

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