Celebrating life stories...



Memorial created 10-11-2006 by
James Earl Doan
December 6 1970 - April 20 2006


"The Best Seat In The House

All the smiling faces My family around the stage
A moment for my scrapbook
Time to add another page

The view is somewhat different But the sound is just as sweet
Another precious movement
But with angels at my feet

Don't lose your life's momentum Don't let the magic end
There's still so much you have to give
With each hour that you spend

Don't think I missed this concert I plan to see them all
Just reach out and say my name
And I'll be there when you call.



James' Dad (Gary)

“His Smile”
When he was a very little boy,always, James doing something good or a little naughty,
would turn to us with this big sheepish smile on his face.

One Easter morning when he was around ten,
while having our traditional colored hard boiled egg breakfast,
all three kids sitting around the table, cracking their eggs on their heads,
only the one that James cracked on his head turned out to be raw.
He sat their with egg dripping down his hair and face
And a Great Big Smile.

James and his brother went down to the lake to fish, oh what a catch.
We had a nice dinner of around twelve fish (6 to 8”long).
They were so proud and there was that
Great Big Smile.

James liked to play baseball, but unfortunately he was on a losing team each year
(just like the bad news bears).
Then finally in 1985 comes the year of the Reds.
His team won the division,
and then won the championship game.
The big plus was that he was named co-player of the year. (His shining moment)
And a Great Big Smile.

My son is no doubt looking down on us with his,
Great Big Smile
I love you



James' Mom (Cindy)

My dear James was truly one of God’s gentlest lambs.
From the very beginning he was the sweetest and kindness child,
and that stayed with him throughout his much too short life.

My gentle James loved animals, adored children,
and was liked by everyone he met.

If anyone he knew ever needed help and it was within his power,
he would always be there for them.

I remember him playing the role of Joseph for the Christmas nativity scene at church
when he was around thirteen years old.

I can remember him in the eighth grade when he was picked to dress up as Santa.
One of his best friends at the time dressed as an elf. They were bused
to a school for handicapped children to pass out candy and gifts.
He really liked that.

Super emotional
Super sensitive

These are the words I often used to describe my son James.

We had are good and bad times,
but I always loved him with all my heart
and I know he loved me.

Love Always and Forever



Don't grieve for me for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that place at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh a kiss,
Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much. Good friends, good times, a love one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief, Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me... God wanted me now,
he set me free.


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:

he leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over;
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord,




If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep,
I would pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew
it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more.
If I knew
it would be the last time I'd hear your voice I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew
it would be the last time,I could spare an extra minute to stop and say "I love you,"
Instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew
it would be the last time I would be there to share your day,
well I'm sure we'll have so many more, so I can let this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance to make everything just right.

There will always be another day to say "I love you"
and certainly there's another chance to say "Anything I can do?

But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike,
and today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes, you'll surely regret the day.

That you didn't take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today, and whisper in their ear,
tell them how much you love them and that you'll always hold them dear
Take time to say "I'm sorry," "Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes, you'll have no regrets about today.



~*Our James*~

"I'll lend you for a little while a child of mine," God said,
"For you to love while he lives and mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years or thirty four or five,
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?"

"He'll bring his charms to gladden you and should his stay be brief,
You'll have all your memories as a solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from Earth must return.
But there are lessons taught below I want this child to learn."

"I've looked this whole world over in my search for teachers true,
and from the things that crowd life's lane, I have chosen YOU.
Now will you give him all your love nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take this lent child back again?"

"I fancied that I heard them say, "Dear God-Thy will be done.
For all the joys thy child will bring the risk of grief we'll run.
We will shelter him with tenderness, we'll love while we may,
and for the happiness we've known forever grateful stay.

But should thy Angels call for him much sooner than we planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.



No person is ever truly alone. Those who live no more Whom we loved,
Echo still within our thoughts, Our words, our hearts.
And what they did And who they were
Becomes a part of all that we are,


As long as I can dream, As long as I can think,
As long as I have a memory,
I will love you.

As long as I have eyes to see, And ears to hear, And lips to speak,
I will love you.

As long as I have a heart to feel, A soul stirring inside me, An imagination to hold you,
I will love you.

As long as there is time, As long as there is love,
As long as I have breath to speak your name,
I will love you!



There's no mending our broken hearts Our memories are what we keep
The emptiness is painful The sorrow goes so deep
Many try to comfort us But there is little they can say
We love you and We miss you As we carry on each day

I have to believe your in a better place And that our hell is here on earth
Your destiny pre-determined Long before your birth
The good die young is what they say

We can never forget that horrible day. It's played over and over inside of my head
No sense to be made of it. No words to be said.
I sometimes sense your presence. I hope your close by me.

Don't have you here to hug, But your smile I'll always see.
So when I'm called home I'll be with you And my pain will be no more.
Wait for me James on the other side When I'm knocking on heavens door




always and forever





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