Doug Wade Skender

January 20, 1968 - January 2, 2021

Douglas Wade Skender, age 52, of Frisco, Texas passed away on January 2, 2021. He was born on January 20, 1968 to Johnny Bert and Kathy Skender of Tyler, Texas. On July 5, 1997, Doug married his sweetheart Liffey Hagerty in Dallas, Texas. 

Doug graduated from John Tyler High School, Class of 1986. He was very competitive and loved playing games, volleyball, and softball with family and friends. He enjoyed working out with his son, running Spartan races with family, and coaching his kids sports teams. He was a lifetime fan of  the Dallas Cowboys and always put together multiple fantasy football leagues every year. He was truly a family man that worked hard for his family and always put the needs of others first. 

Doug never met a stranger and turned everyone he met into a friend. He had a passion to live life to the fullest with purpose and intention. He made every moment count and he made every relationship count.  He fought hard the last 4 years of his life to get one more day, one more hour, and one more moment with those he loved. 

His kids describe him as: loving, hardworking, optimistic, the most hopeful person you'll ever meet, the strongest man they ever knew, a true inspiration, an honorable man, a faithful man and a beautiful soul. 

Doug is survived by his wife of 23 years, Liffey Skender of Frisco, Texas; his two daughters, Haley and Amber Skender; his two sons, Holden and Chase Skender; parents, Johnny and Kathy Skender of Tyler, Texas; his brother, Keith Skender of Coffee City, Texas and wife Jennifer; sister Debby Tebbetts of Tyler, Texas and husband Dan; his son-in-law, Tomas West; his grandson, Tyson West; and numerous extended family members, nieces, nephews, and friends.  

Doug was preceded in death by his grandparents, Granville and Foye Wilson of Tyler, Texas. 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God - Matthew 5:9   Doug was that peacemaker. 

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 8520 Main Street, Frisco, Texas 75033, beginning at 7:00 PM. For those not in attendance, the service will be live streamed promptly at 7:00 PM on the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, Frisco Facebook:

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Maria Emma Nunn Memorial Scholarship.

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It has been a gift to part of your story. The memories I hold of our families growing up together on the culdesac are dear. Doug was an amazing father and devoted family man. He was truly a gift to everyone who knew him. This loss is hard to bear, but the beauty of your family's faith, love, and grace provides peace. I love you all and wish you all the peace of God's love and healing on your hearts. Mandi Hurtt, January 14, 2021 Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Doug was awesome and will always be an inspiration to all of us. Dan Maxwell/Carson Maxwell, January 14, 2021 Doug has always been so sweet and such a wonderful person! I've always thought Doug and Liffey were the perfect couple because they are both such sweet kind hearted people. You will be missed! Love, Jeff, Kristina, Ryland, and River Jeff & Kristina Gaston , January 14, 2021 Doug was always an amazing friend and person. I don't remember any harsh words or anger ever coming from him. He was always the kindest of our long-term 'volleyball singles people' group. This is truly a tragic loss. We will miss him badly at the poker games, but will always remember how lucky we were to have him at the table. We know that Doug is with God now. So Dawn and I are praying for the whole Skender family. Love always, Don and Dawn
Don Loomis, January 14, 2021
One of my first employees who grew into the ‘heart’ of the organization by dedication, drive and attitude. When asked, Doug would always talk about what Liffy and the kids were doing and how proud he was of each of them. Doug lived his faith and I’m a better person for having known him. Tom Jones, January 14, 2021 Doug, I will miss your smile and positive outlook on all things. You inspired me so many times with just a word of how you and your family are doing. I remember you talking about that grandson and your face lit up. I meet so many people coming and going here and some just touch my heart. I believe you are up there watching over your beautiful family. Liffey I am truly so very sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family. Joyce, January 14, 2021 Gone but will never be forgotten my long time friend. Doug & Liffey "adopted" me when all my family had moved away. We had many treasured times together. Sending much love & prayer Kathy (Davis) Geraths, January 14, 2021 You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Doug always add a positive disposition that we will surely miss. David and Susan Jost, January 13, 2021 In the short time that I had the privilege to work with Doug.... It didn't take me long to figure out that "he was one of the good ones" we will miss you Buddy. Steve Landsfeld, January 11, 2021 Doug, what an honor it was to have gotten to know you in the past few years. You were such a wonderful role model for my young son and you treated him like your own. I'm so grateful that he had you to look up to. And I'm so happy that Tysie got to know you and bring smiles and joy to you as you did to him. It was obvious how much he loved his PopPop. But most of all, your faithfulness, your strength, and courage through your tribulation was most awe inspiring. I could see the hand of God over you as only he can. I know you have already gotten to meet my little Lorenzo and I know you are so well acquainted by now :) I look forward to seeing in heaven again one day. Thank you for raising such a beautiful sweet daughter that will soon become my daughter in law. Much love and hugs until we meet again. Nancy West and family. Nancy West, January 10, 2021 I remember your first Christmas adventure with the Schenk family when you were told you would have to sing a verse of We Three Kings. You survived that event and by 2019 actually were enjoying the annual event of We Three Kings. I hope someone has that evening on video. The games that you participated in at Christmas and the rest of the year were always better because of your smile and your patience at teaching kids the rules and how to lose graciously. You brought your love to our daughter and to our family. That love will stay with us. Anita Schenk, January 9, 2021 Doug, I’m so going to miss karaoke nights, hanging out fireside in your front yard laughing, practicing line dancing in the driveway (you and Liff rocked it...I struggled a little bit), talking about GOT with you and Liff, playing spades....I could go on & on! You & Liffey mean the world to Craig and I...gosh y’all are second parents to both Ashton & Connor. You and your beautiful wife, Liffey, were the best role models on nurturing a healthy marriage. I love you and your family so much! We will still have karaoke nights, laughing fireside, dancing in the driveway, and playing spades all while knowing you are looking down on us and one day we will all be together again! Goodbye for now
Jenn Ballew, January 8, 2021 Doug was a man who will be sorely missed, everyone who new him, loved him. he had a great sense of humor, a real athlete, a cowboy fan and father. may he rest in peace. Jim Schenk JAMES ALAN SCHENK, January 8, 2021 We are very sorry for the loss of Keith’s brother. Our thoughts & prayers will be with you & your family at this time.
Bill & Barbara White, January 8, 2021 Rest In Peace my friend. Your Love of your Family still shines bright. Ken Neill, January 8, 2021 I'm going to miss you my friend Adam Perez, January 8, 2021 My love and prayers for you in this extremely difficult part of life. Marjorie Nichta, January 8, 2021 Rest In Peace my friend. Morgan, Alisha and I send our condolences to you all. ?? Mike Dietz, January 6, 2021