Reagan Taylor Alton Dugas life journey ended on April 15, 2014 from Pancreatic Cancer. He was diagnosed in September 2012 with Stage IV. In typical Reagan Dugas fashion, he outlived the predictions and expectations of MD Anderson and his oncologist in Austin.
A memorial service will be 11am, Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Greg Pickering. Cremation will be held under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest Crematory.
Reagan was born in Orange, Texas, on October 29, 1963, to the late Louis and Beth Dugas also of Orange, Tx. He graduated from West Orange-Stark High School in Orange, Tx in 1981 and from Lamar University in Beaumont, Tx in 1991 with a BS in Criminal Justice.
He is survived by brother L. Clay Dugas of Beaumont, Tx, niece Francis Dugas, nephews Will, Alex and Logan Dugas all of Austin, Tx; brother Evin Dugas and wife Janet W. Dugas, nephews Evin C., George W. and Charles Dugas of Lakeway Tx; sister Mary Hester and nephews Ron and Chris Kinard of Beaumont, Tx; and sister Karen Elizabeth Walden and husband Don Walden of Lakeway, Tx and niece Ashley Elizabeth Wassik and husband Justin Wassik of Austin, Tx.
Reagan won several awards in sales and was a Top Producer in Insurance Sales for NCF in 2001. He loved sports including the Texas Longhorn football and basketball teams as well as the Spurs, the Cowboys, the Texans and the Rangers. He was well read and enjoyed animals, fiction, music and politics. After moving to Austin, he kept up with friends and family from Orange and stayed in contact through the end. Reagan moved to the Austin area in 2010 and was employed by Stock Building Supply in sales from June 2012 through his death.
Friends and family were vital to Reagan and he saw visitors through his final days. He battled Pancreatic Cancer valiantly accepting every challenge chemotherapy and the disease presented and through it all, Reagan never complained or questioned why he was afflicted. He greeted strangers at MD Anderson and Texas Oncology in elevators, chemo chairs and waiting rooms with enthusiasm and positive energy and made them feel relaxed and comfortable even though he was going through as much or more than them. Through 19 months of fighting pancreatic cancer, he never once complained about his disease, his condition or his circumstances. He soldiered on with dignity and grace regardless of pain or discomfort. He was strong to the end. He made everyone who encountered him through his journey with Pancreatic cancer feel stronger than they thought they were.
His family would like to thank Stock Building and Supply and all of the employees at the Austin location who supported Reagan and allowed him to keep his job to the end; his friend Bubba Collier of Austin; his caretakers Matthew White and Liz Olorunsogo; Dr. Punit Chadha, his oncologist in Austin and all of the nurses and staff at Texas Oncology in South Austin and MD Anderson and Dr. Milind Javle.
The family would request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or www.PanCan.org or any other cancer charity.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2014