James Matt Doyel
May 7, 1945 – October 28, 2019
James Matt Doyel was born on May 7th, 1945 in the town of Borger, Texas. He passed away on October 28th, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona, at the age of 74 years old.
James’ parents were Matthew and Eileen Doyel. He was the second born of four boys, David his older brother, followed by his two younger brothers, Bill and Joe.
James joined the US Navy on September 20th, 1965 and was honorably discharged on September 19th, 1969.
On November 24th, 1972, James married the love of his life, Jeannette Doyel (Crawford), and was gifted three beautiful children; Brandi, born on August 1st, 1975, Garrett, born on June 21st, 1977, and Chad, born on December 28th, 1985. James was a man devoted to his family.
James spent his entire career with American National Can Company(Rexam) and retired at the age of 55.
James was always active in every church he was a member of. He performed maintenance and repairs, taught Sunday school, and did anything else that was asked of him. His greatest impact may have been as the youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Fontana, where God used him to touch the lives of multiple young people, and fostered friendships, many of which continued up until his death.
Some of James’ favorite foods included Dr Pepper, Whataburger, Butterfingers, and Tootsie Rolls. Many of his favorite hobbies included fishing, hunting, camping, boating, and collecting Hot Wheels, as well as just spending time with his family. Later in his life, spending time with his grandchildren would bring him great joy, and he would light up with happiness in their presence.
James’ memory will be carried on by the grace, patience, and love he showed everyone he met in his life.
He was preceded in death by his son, Garrett Doyel, and his parents, Matthew and Eileen Doyel.
James is survived by his wife, Jeannette Doyel of Phoenix, AZ; 2 children: Brandi Trew and husband Eric of Melbourne, FL, and Chad Doyel of Phoenix, AZ; 5 grandchildren: Luke, Lauren, Houston, Hannah, and Caden Trew of Melbourne, FL; 3 brothers: David Doyel of Las Vegas, NV, Bill Doyel of Phoenix, AZ, and Joe Doyel and wife Sandy of Bloomington, CA; many nieces and nephews.
- Visitation Monday, November 4, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, November 4, 2019
- Graveside Service Monday, November 4, 2019