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Family and Friends Remember Doug Whitaker

<P>Family and friends are still dealing with the sudden death of 60 year old Doug Whitaker.</P> <P>The retired Wichita Falls police officer was killed Friday when his motorcycle crashed on Highway 70 near Oklaunion.</P> <P>And while his life was spent serving others, friends spent the day explaining why Texoma has lost a true hero.</P>
 

Family and friends are still dealing with the sudden death of 60 year old Doug Whitaker.

The retired Wichita Falls police officer was killed Friday when his motorcycle crashed on Highway 70 near Oklaunion.

And while his life was spent serving others, friends spent the day explaining why Texoma has lost a true hero.

"If you saw Doug on the street today you'd never think he was a former police officer.But when he was a police officer, he did his job."

Wichita Falls Mayor Glenn Barham had nothing but positive words to say about former co-worker, Doug Whitaker.

For nearly 30 years, Whitaker was a Wichita Falls police officer.

Ironically, it was a motorcycle crash five years ago that forced him to retire, but his son says Whitaker has always served the public.

"When we were kids, he'd drag us all over town working on other people's houses, fixing their cars, working on their yards," Levi Whitaker says of his father.

He also spent time helping veterans.. driving them to the V.A. Clinic in Oklahoma City, but driving himself on his motorcycle was an especially big passion.

"Somebody said he died with his boots on and doing what he loved. And that's true. He did. He loved to ride that motorcycle," says Kirby Pachaco, a Patriot Guard Rider and friend of Whitaker

Whitaker rode with several motorcycle clubs, including the Patriot Guard Riders, where he went by the name "Old School."

Saturday night, Patriot Guard Riders and law enforcement officials were driven to ride with Old School one more time.

"This was his last ride, so they escorted him," say Levi Whitaker.

The escort was to Hampton Vaughn Funeral Home, where preparations are underway for Whitaker's final ride with family and friends.

"We've done missions, last year in 112 degree weather. We've done it and froze, snow on the ground... cold, but this is gonna be the hardest mission to do. That I've done," adds Pachaco.

Visitation for Doug Whitaker is Monday, July 23rd, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home on Archer City Highway.

His funeral starts Wednesday, July 25th, at 3 p.m. at Evangel Temple on Barnett Road.

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