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Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

3220 South 31st Street, Temple, TX

OBITUARY

Truman Benjamin Douty Jr.

July 31, 1948July 28, 2020

Dr. Truman Benjamin Douty passed away on July 28, 2020. He is survived by his loving wife, Deborah Douty, his children Anne Dorhoffer, Matt Douty, and Lauren Dancy, and his grandson Ethan Douty. He practiced general pediatrics in Killeen, Texas at Scott & White Satellite clinic—it was the first satellite clinic and he was the first pediatrician there, along with Steve Smith, MD of family medicine. As his wife, it never ceased to amaze me how much he loved his patients, and how much they loved him back. Some thought he lived in the clinic and some thought his name was “Dr. Pepper.” He saw patients all over Texas and the United States – once we heard “Dr. Douty” being yelled at Disney world! He remembered all his patients’ names and truly had compassion and love for them. Whenever he entered a room, at a party for example, he made a beeline for the babies and would hold them all night if it was ok with their parents. He diagnosed diseases in young children that many doctors had missed because he cared so much. He used to tell me he didn’t do anything “a good aunt couldn’t have done.” His patients and I both know that is far from the truth. The hardest thing he ever did was to retire, but his hip pain became too severe. I have never seen, known or could imagine a better man than Truman Benjamin Douty. I will love him forever—as many will. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to an animal shelter of your choice. Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Temple is in charge of the arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.crawfordbowerstemple.com for the Douty family. Services will be private.

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Jacquelyn La Monte

August 3, 2020

Dr. Douty was my pediatrician and he made my fear of doctors go away! He was the kindest, sweetest and funniest man! What an amazing human being and will truly be missed!

Jessica Guilbes

August 3, 2020

Dr. Douty was my childrens doctor. The few times we had to make same day appointments and he was not available, the kids would complain and ask why they had to see someone else. Dr. Douty always asked about both boys, even if one of them was not at the appointment and always made sure to send an extra treat for the missing brother. My boys are now 15 and 18 and still remember him fondly. Both saying that they haven't found a doctor as good as him yet. When he retired, he was sorely missed, and even more so now. My condolences and best wishes to his family.

Sandy Atkisson

August 2, 2020

Dr. Douty was the absolute BEST of the best. He was all three of my children's pediatrician from infancy and was also my husband's Dr! The best part of our visits was the assurance he always gave me as a young mother. I would walk in with my list of questions and he always listened with patience and a warm smile. With three kiddos I was always in his office. My children were in the best hands with him and he made them feel important and cared for. We were so sad when he retired. Even then , he took time to introduce us to his replacement so that we would feel better.
Please know that our prayers are with the family during this time and always. He will be missed ! - Sandy Atkisson

Valarie Johnson

August 2, 2020

This truly saddens me. Dr. Douty took care of both of my children from the time they were born. When my first son was born the first thing he did was give me his home phone number. I was so grateful that he did that and that I never needed it. I appreciated him because he listened to me as a parent and took to heart what I said. He never discounted anything I said. Prayers for all! My family has truly missed him since he retired.

Terri Donovan

August 2, 2020

Mr Doughty was my sons pediatrician, he was always a pleasure and made me as a mom feel very relaxed.

john asbury

August 2, 2020

Sadness can hardly express the feeling to know Truman is no longer with us. Truman always greeted one with a smile, always was happy to see you, ask about your family and if one ned a bit of help, Truman was always ready to lend a hand. Got to know Truman as a pediatric resident as we took care of children together at Scott and White. Being a pediatric resident can be stressful with long hours and many ill children and Truman was always a guy I could trust with their care and giving support to the children and the families. Truman had to be good as the nurses like him, a true test of a good physician. Debbie and Truman were so lucky to have had each other to enjoy their lives together, don't think I ever heard anything but good things , in fact they bragged on each other, as long as I knew them. God speeds to a good guy, wonderful spouse, great children doctor and a wonderful friend. You will be missed greatly, as always, John Asbury, MD and Bonnie

Luther Street

August 2, 2020

I have known Truman and Debbie since 1976, when I first came to practice at Scott and White. I believe Truman was still a resident, but we were close in age. Truman and I played tennis until even in the 70s his hips limited physical activity. When he married fellow pediatrician, Debbie they became known as one of the finest couple of pediatricians in Bell.

Debbie has lost a husband and the world has lost one of the good guys. He was a surrogate father to thousands of his patients. We all will miss him.

Donna Hoskins

August 2, 2020

Dr. Douty was my girls pediatrician from the time one was almost 5 and birth for the other. I had sickly kids and Truman( after a few years we were on a first name bases) was their Dr. He listened and truly was as stumped as we were about my oldest asthma. He saved her life on at least two occasions that I remember , he admitted her to SW because he did not want her to far from medical care overnight, turns out he was right! My youngest was premature and he starting seeing her on day 1. She had horrible ear problems and would cry, scream and hide under the bed. Anytime there after if I took her in and told him she is under the bed, he would say that is her ear isn’t it? Sure enough! He told us one time in more than one occasion we were the topic of conversation at the supper table between his wife and himself bouncing ideas off of each other. The oldest is a nurse and still
has some asthma issues and the youngest is in Public Safety and she still has ear issues! Dr. Douty you were absolutely with out a doubt the best Doctor I have ever known!

Desiree Mundell

August 2, 2020

This incredible man was my children’s pediatrician from their 10 day old check up through their 18 year old physical. He even treated me once when I brought my daughter in, he could tell I was under the weather, and diagnosed a sinus/ear infection, and sent me on my way with a prescription. Even though my son had technically aged out of seeing him, he asked if he could do his last civilian physical prior to enlisting in the Air Force. He always smiled, never rushed and never made me feel silly for coming in with my babies when I was worried about a childhood illness. God bless his family and all the people who will miss him so much. He was truly an amazing doctor and human being. Rest In Peace Dr. Truman Douty.

pete boulette

August 2, 2020

I have known Truman and his wife for many years working at Scott and White. I remembered him as a great resident and doctor. He was the best and a great friend. The medical profession and his patients will miss him. My respect to his family. Pete

FROM THE FAMILY