Willis Starnes

Willis L. "DOC" Starnes

Thursday, August 1st, 1940 - Sunday, September 1st, 2019
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Willis L. Starnes, affectionately known as “Doc”, died peacefully at the age of 79 on Sunday, September 1, 2019. He was born in Halsey, Oregon to Aaron Benjamin and Luella Mae (Falk) Starnes on Thursday, August 1, 1940. Willis had been a resident of Plano for the last 4 years, but prior to that, he called Irving his home for 31 years. He was a well-known and loved pediatrician in the Irving area, and proudly served the Irving community in so many ways. His family recalls the joy he would find in helping others. Willis is lovingly remembered for his generous heart, great sense of humor and for his dedicated and hard work ethic. Willis had been a member of the Irving Rotary Club, the Texas Pediatric Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Texas Medical Association and the Dallas County Medical Society. Willis had an insatiable appetite for reading, enjoyed listening to classical music, telling jokes and puns, and eating home cooked meals. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Campbell. Left to cherish his memory are daughter Susan Cox and husband Michael; daughter Stephanie Torresi and husband Raoul; son Matthew Starnes; daughter Lindsey Coyle and husband Matthew; brother Ronald Starnes; brother Kenneth Starnes and wife Rae; brother Lyle Starnes and wife Shirley; grandchildren Micah Cox, Andrew Cox, Henry Torresi, Phoebe Torresi, Elio Torresi, Dario Torresi, Steeli Coyle, Jovie Coyle, Saylor Coyle and one grandson on the way as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other loving extended family and friends on both coasts and throughout many countries. A memorial service will be held at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd in Irving on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:00am. The family request memorial donations to the Child & Family Guidance Center click here to donate
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    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 10:00am
    Brown's Memorial Funeral Home
    707 N. MacArthur
    IRVING, TX 75061
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Shannan Crider

Posted at 05:36pm
Doctor Starnes was amazing. He truly "got" my son. His humor and quick wit will be missed. Hugs and blessings to the family.

Ashley Terry

Posted at 04:21pm
Just found out about your passing. Thanks you for everything you've done for my son! May you rest in peace Doc❤


Posted at 10:08pm
Dr. Starnes was pediatrician for my daughters, but specifically he changed the life of my youngest, Jessica Byrd. She was born in 1988, 3 months premature, with severe brain damage at birth. Dr Starnes was absolutely a gold-mine of information for me, as her mother, to use as we tried everything we could to get her all of the therapies, doctors, procedures, etc etc that she would need to be the best person she could possibly be. He sent me to all the right therapists, doctors, and angencies that made her develop the best possible way she could. Without him, I would have had no idea where to go, or what to do for her. Because of him, she recovered from this brain trauma like a MIRACLE!! When he saw her at our periodic visits, he would shake his head and say "You just don't have this kind of brain damage, and do THIS good!!!" I could not be more thankful for all he did for Jessica, and her life. He has always been special, beyond words, to me. I cannot convey in words, the difference he made in our lives. May God bless you all. Thank you, Stephanie Milford

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Posted at 09:20am
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Dr. Patankar

Posted at 10:42am
In Loving memory of Dr. Starnes, please accept my deepest condolences. To all who knew him I wish you all peace and comfort thru this difficult time.
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