LEE WARREN DOYEN
Lee Warren Doyen, 91, of Concordia, died Feb. 2, 2013. He was born July 26, 1921, to Millie (Derby) and Orville Doyen. He was the oldest of four brothers. He married Peggy Block on his birthday in 1947 in Emporia, They had three children.
He grew up in Rice. He started first grade at the Rice school at age four and he graduated from Concordia High School at age 16. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1944 with a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics. He later earned a master's degree from Colorado State University.
After graduation from K-State, he was in the 18th Class at the United States Midshipman School in Columbia, N.Y. After release from the Navy, he became a teacher.
He taught 15 years of high school vocational agriculture in Leon, Mulvane, Beloit and Concordia. He worked eight years as assistant manager of North Central Kansas Production Credit Association. He taught at Cloud County Community College, started the agribusiness program and was department head for 20 years. The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture awarded him the Teaching Award of Excellence in 1981 and the Distinguished Educator award in 1989. He retired in 1988.
Lee participated in sports. He lettered in basketball and baseball at K-State and earned a lifetime pass to all K-State sporting events. He pitched semi-pro baseball for teams around Wichita 1946-56. He coached girls basketball at Leon High School. He officiated 25 years of high school basketball, coached Kiwanis K18 baseball and coached seven years of community college baseball.
He believed in community service. He was active in Boy Scouts of America local and district committees and earned the BSA Silver Beaver Award. He served on the Concordia Recreation Commission, the Cloud County Community College steering committee and, after retirement, served on the community college's board of trustees.
He served seven years on the Concordia city commission and served as mayor twice. He was active on the Cloud County Historical Society Museum board and the Cloud County Convention and Tourism committee. He was a member of the American Legion, the Masons and the Texas Date Nail Collectors Association. He served Kiwanis as a district governor, and in recent years participated in Rotary. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and served on the building committee.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy of the home daughter Ann and husband Donn Walters of Dallas, Texas, daughter Carol and husband Floyd Hockersmith of Manhattan, and son Kent and wife Julie Doyen of Riley.
He has five grandchildren: Hal Hockersmith, Deshler, Neb.; Van Hockersmith, Salina; Sarah Walters, Dallas, Texas; Grant Doyen, Manhattan; and Kurt Doyen, Riley. His surviving brothers are Ray Doyen and wife Peggy and Ross Doyen and wife Katherine, Concordia, and Mark Doyen and wife Marjorie, Bartlesville, Okla. He has seven nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 1-8:30 p.m. with family receiving guests from 7-8:30 p.m. at Nutter Mortuary, 116 E. 6th St., Concordia. The funeral service will be Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 740 W. 11th St., Concordia, with graveside service at the Rice Cemetery. The family suggest memorials to the Cloud County Historical Society or Cloud County Community College Foundation.
Nutter Mortuary, 116 E. 6th, Concordia, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .