Steven B Doan

Profile Updated: August 25, 2020
Residing In: Belle Haven, VA USA
Spouse/Partner: Donna Jean Burton Doan
Occupation: Retired Chaplain/Pastor
Children: Stephanie, born 1969
Richard, born 1970

Grandkids: Christopher (1995-2005); Andrew, 1998; More…Catherine, 1999.
Military Service: Army  

After Yale, went to IU for Ph. D. in English, but was drafted halfway through. Volunteered for OCS in Artillery, went to Vietnam, Germany, Oklahoma, then taught 3 years in English and philosophy at West Point. Got out to go to seminary in Lexington, KY, became a pastor, then returned to Army as a chaplain. Retired in 1998, and Donna and I were co-pastors in Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for next 12 years. We retired to the Eastern Shore of Virginia to be near our daughter and grandkids. Had 3, but oldest (Christopher Michael Pierce) died when he was 10. Two living are Andrew, 22, and Catherine, 21. A pure joy. Retired as part-time endorser of chaplains--military and civilian--for our church in 2017. We lived in Germany 5 yrs, Italy 2 yrs, New York 3 yrs. And I served a tour in Vietnam and one in Korea--9 yrs overseas. Beginning in 2013 I served three different Methodist churches here and finally retired again in June 2020. Starting a new ministry at nearly 68 years-old gives one pause--and a sense of excitement--but retirement during a pandemic seems fitting. I pray that you are all staying safe.

School Story:

The years at North Side were formative. You were all such a huge part of my life and graced my days with laughter, friendship, tears, and much joy.l Because our family moved so much, I probably knew over 300 of my 500 classmates--attended Forest Park, Rudisill, then Forest Park again, St. Joe Center, Northwood Middle School (first class to grad), and finally NSHS. Too many friends to name each, and a lot of great teachers--Sinks, Bickel, and who could forget the finest--Miss Greenwalt--she never accepted less than your best and then demanded more. I only missed a few days in 3 years and loved darn near every moment. Lou Bjorab told me it was the best time of his life--not far off! And I love reading your stories, classmates. I still hold you in awe.

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Apr 12, 2021 at 11:33 AM

Posted on: Apr 11, 2021 at 5:10 PM

Happy birthday to someone who keeps our class connected. Many more good years, Patty--Blessings!

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Mar 03, 2021 at 4:18 PM

Posted on: Mar 03, 2021 at 1:12 PM

Jim, belated birthday greetings, friend! You're a blessing to all of us.

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Mar 03, 2021 at 10:23 AM

Posted on: Feb 28, 2021 at 4:04 PM

The Class of 1963 owes you so much for your extraordinary service to us, old friend. But more than that, your spirit embodies what is best about all of us. And on your big day, we salute you. Well done, Steve!

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Feb 22, 2021 at 4:15 PM

Posted on: Feb 22, 2021 at 2:30 PM

Steve, I hope you had a marvelous day yesterday. I continue to appreciate the way you led us during our high school years and the remarkable example you have always provided so many. Blessings!

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Jan 26, 2021 at 3:07 PM

Happy birthday, Smith! Your life does sound good--well done, Sir!

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Jan 21, 2021 at 5:19 PM

Posted on: Jan 21, 2021 at 2:11 PM

Gerald Morse--I salute you, dear friend of my youth (partly misspent, often wasted, but never dull!) When this nasty little virus has been tamed or at least wears out, I want to make it a priority to spend time with you and Cindy. Life is increasingly short and appears to be accelerating downhill. Let's hold it off a while longer. Meanwhile, celebrate your celebrated life as a celebrity. Party like its 1963.

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Jan 21, 2021 at 2:07 PM

Happy birthday, GB! I see in my mind's eye some guys who loved being together and experiencing life in all its absurdity and fun. Now, I just feel joy at the times we shared together a lifetime ago. Blessings on your birthday!

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Jan 18, 2021 at 11:57 PM

Posted on: Jan 18, 2021 at 9:59 AM

Leuby, you have done so much good in your life and lived a ful and joyful one with more years to come! Blessings on your birthday to a dear friend from our boyhood and high school We had some really good times together at St. Joe, Northwood, and North Side!

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Dec 11, 2020 at 11:05 AM

Hey, Bear, hope you're thriving in Kokomo, friend! A few years since we walked the halls of St. Joe School, Northwood, and North Side. Jimmy Chestnut, and so much more. In all of those years, I cherished your friendship and still remember it fondly. Have a glorious birthday--or something like it.

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Oct 25, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Larry, wishing a happy birthday to an old friend with whom I enjoyed catching up at our reunion. Blessings!

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Posted on: Jun 08, 2020 at 1:30 PM

David, I wish you the blessing of this day, the 75th anniversary of a life well lived. I've known you since Kindergarten at Forest Park! (Keep Austin weird!)

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Mar 02, 2020 at 7:57 AM

Steve, belated birthday greetings to you! You are such a leader in keeping our class connected and together!

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Feb 11, 2020 at 12:27 PM

Posted on: Feb 10, 2020 at 2:49 PM

Scott, what a fascinating account of your life as a fishing guide--thanks for sharing!

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Jan 20, 2020 at 4:12 PM

Jerry , it's been much fun catching up and staying connected with you, old friend! Much joy on your natal day; have a hot toddy or some such thing and seek unbridled merriment--or not. Those days may be long past us.

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Jan 20, 2020 at 4:09 PM

Well, dear friend, another year and you are just catching up with me. Hope your life in Wyoming continues to be glorious. Happy birthday!

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Jan 20, 2020 at 7:44 AM

Stan, sure hope you had a great birthday weekend! So appreciate our time with you and Carol at our last reunion. Haven't been to another class outing since then. Blessings, Steve

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Jan 12, 2020 at 12:51 PM

Posted on: Jan 11, 2020 at 5:49 PM

Les, happy birthday, old friend. My goodness, we have known each other since the fifth grade at Forest Park. You seem to grow stronger and wiser as you age. Well done!

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Jan 12, 2020 at 5:35 PM

Posted on: Jan 10, 2020 at 4:05 PM

Kathy, it was so great to see you and Gary at our last reunion. I think we could have talked all night! Hope your birthday yesterday was a great joy. BTW, you two have one terrific family!!

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:26 AM
Donna and I as we begin a new ministry with the United Methodist Church on the Eastern Shore of Virginia--May 2013
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:26 AM
A long weekend at Smithfield, VA--2011.