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Doan Lusk

Doan Lusk, 80 of Vernon, Texas passed away on
Monday, March 4, 2024, in Vernon, Texas.
Graveside services will be held Friday, March 8, 2024
at 1 p.m. at Eastview Cemetery with Rev. Anthony Inmon
o􀵶 ciating under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
Doan Lusk was born to Joseph A. and Inez H (Igou)
Lusk in Chattanooga, Tenn. on June 9, 1943 with a
Mason jar full of dirt from the family farm in Doan’s
Crossing, Texas under the bed so that she would be born
on Texas soil. She was their only child.
Soon after the war the family moved to Amarillo,
Texas where Doan graduated from Amarillo High School
and went on to earn her B.S. with a double major in
English and Geology at West Texas State. To help put herself through school she
worked for 􀂿 fty cents an hour and during summer break worked at the Amarillo
Coca-Cola bottling company for a dollar an hour.
After graduation, Doan worked at the Pantex Plant, a major government
operation responsible for maintenance, modi􀂿 cation and evaluation of nuclear
weapons. During her 7 years with Pantex she earned her MA in English along with
her Texas State Teaching Credentials and after leaving taught English for a year in
Hereford, Texas.
Realizing that public school wasn’t something she wanted to do for a lifetime
she joined the US Army when there was still a Women’s Air Corp as a 1st
lieutenant due to her MA. Doan was one of 5 women o􀵶 cers to go to the
Ordinance Corps. She commanded Women’s Ordinance Corps basic training at Ft.
McClellan, Ala.
Doan was a sta􀵵 o􀵶 cer at the Anniston Army Depot and was the 􀂿 rst woman
to work in the Tank Rebuild Center of the free world. She would often go to the
Pentagon to acquire passports for depot experts to 􀂿 x tank problems around the
world.
From 1980-1987 Doan served in Korea at Camp Casey, 18 miles below the
DMZ, where she was responsible for all of the tanks and equipment.
After Korea, Doan was transferred to the Presidio in San Francisco, CA where
she set up the 􀂿 rst Race Relation/Equal Opportunity program after spending six
months in training at Coco Beach, FL. It’s also where she fell in love with “her
bridge”, better known as the Golden Gate Bridge.
The next transfer was to Ft Hunter Liggett in Jolon, Calif., the largest US Army
Reserve Command post, to oversee the test of the 􀂿 rst HUMVEE prototypes in a
grueling environment in Monterey County.
Reluctantly, Doan transferred to Ft Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas to be
closer to home. She would travel twice a year to Korea, Germany and Panama
where she would take key o􀵶 cers and send them to set up practice deployment
for the US Army Reserve and the National Guard. She was o􀵵 ered a GS-13, a
Civilian position equivalent to a major in the Army, but declined the o􀵵 er.
The next and 􀂿 nal transfer was to Ft Carson, south of Colorado Springs, Colo.
After having given her country 35 years of service she retired and returned to her
roots near Doan’s Crossing where she could be found reminiscing in front of the
house her great-grandfather built when she wasn’t practicing her favorite pastimes
of target practice and loving her herd of kitties.
In 2008 the Doan’s May Picnic Association, the longest continuing celebration
in the state of Texas as recognized by the Texas Congress, honored Doan for her
work as the association’s historian for many years by proclaiming her Woman of
the Year.
Leaving to mourn her are her cousins, longtime health care providers and
friends
Visitation will be held Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Wilbarger County Human Society.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.
sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com

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