David Robert Doan

David Doan was born in Columbus, Ohio on April 21, 1969. He went to school in Orange County and graduated while living in Norco, CA.

By his own admission, he had been homeless in Orange County since 2001, spending much of that time living in homeless encampments in tunnels along the Santa Ana River Trail.

David enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing soccer in his younger days and boasted having played some professional soccer in Europe for a time.

David was very bright and artistically talented. Many people that are familiar with the homeless encampments that previously lined the Santa Ana River Trail might remember the signs that he created documenting homeless life in his incredible artwork.

David was actively engaged in finding an exit from his condition of homelessness at the time of his passing, having sought help to attain housing and other services that would have eventually led to a successful bid to end his years without a place to call home.

David suffered a stroke after being evicted from the Baymont Motel in Anaheim while in the care of a County program that was designed to assist homeless persons’ with physical and mental disabilities and help them transition into permanent housing. He fell into a coma and passed away on September 5, 2018 at a hospital in Santa Ana, CA.

David is survived by his girlfriend, Nikki, and a brother, Jefferey who he had not seen in several years.

By all accounts David was a decent man and a good friend. He will be sorely missed.

A memorial service for David was held on Sunday September 9, 2018. The memorial was well-attended by many of David’s closest friends, many from the homeless community from the Santa Ana River Trail.

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