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Thruston Stewart Doan, 52, of Little Rock, Ark. passed away on May 10, 2012.

Thruston was born on February 18, 1960 and was the Senior Editor at Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. He also worked as an Agriculture Journalist for The National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB). For more than 30 years, this Kentucky native covered agricultural news for a variety of media, beginning with radio. He was considered the premier cotton and rice journalist in the nation but expanded his horizons to master the difficult policy questions that USDA and Congress grapple with. He was in Washington regularly to interview policymakers and develop his wide range of contacts. Stewart was president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting in 1998, and continued his involvement by serving on committees and as a stringer for the NAFB News Service. NAFB named him its 2006 national Farm Broadcaster of the Year when he was Delta Regional Farm Director of the Yancey Ag Network/Clear Channel Communications in Little Rock. He has been recognized by the National Cotton Council, the USA Rice Federation and the Arkansas Farm Bureau for his reporting on a wide range of agricultural policy issues.

Preceding him in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Doan, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Kearns; uncles, Clarence Doan Jr. (Buck) and Joe Earl Kearns; and  aunt, Nancy Doan Baxter.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Leslie Smith Doan; parents, Bill and Janice Doan, Cynthiana; in-laws, Charles and Sonia Smith, Little Rock, Ark.; daughters, Lauren Grace and Sara Elizabeth; sister, Karen (Michael) Gunther, Parker, Colo.; sister-in-law, Lori (James) Smith Canon; brother-in-law, Chuck (Cyndi) Smith; uncle, Lynn J. Baxter, Lexington; nieces, Lyndsey (Aron) Rogers, Lacey (Terry) Riciano and Lucy, Maggie, and Abby Smith; nephews, Brett and William Gunther, Parker, Colo.;  cousins, Diane (Charles) Busby, Lexington, Amy (Marty) McKinney, Falmouth and Karri Kearns Rider, Walton; second cousins, Lynn (Kyle) McMullin, Kelli (Scott) Simpson, Aryn and Morgan McKinney and Joe Rider; other cousins, Bella, Jackson, Dawson; and countless friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 15 at Faith Spring United Methodist Church, 501 S. Bowman, Little Rock, officiated by Rev. Brock Patterson.

Interment took place at Martin Cemetery.

A memorial service will also be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at The First United  Methodist Church, Cynthiana.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stewart Doan’s Children’s College Fund, c/o Peoples Bank, 20409 Arch St., Little Rock, AR 72206. The Doan family would like to thank family and friends that have given so much love and support.

Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501)224-2200.  Stewart’s online guestbook may be signed at