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A Gentle Giant Who Saved More than 75 Lives

June 19, 2021

Duane Lee awoke about 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 6th with breathing difficulties. His wife, Linda Lee, and paramedics performed CPR and other lifesaving procedures. Despite their best efforts, Duane was pronounced deceased a few hours later due to a pulmonary embolism.  

“Our family believes in sharing the gift of life,” says Lee. “Duane was a registered organ donor and we supported his decision to move forward with his selfless gift of donation. Donating was an easy decision that both Duane and I had made years ago. We had discussed LifeGift as part of our funeral arrangements and long-term planning.”

His wife adds, “Duane was 6’4″ and about 240 pounds with many describing him as a gentle giant with a huge heart. He was a wonderful son, dad, husband, and believer in our Lord, Jesus Christ. Duane loved life, his children, his beautiful granddaughter and especially me. He was a bowler and was inducted into the Houston Bowling Hall of Fame in 1998. Duane was a strong businessman who treated his staff like family. He loved life and people and he was loved and respected in return.”   

Duane left a lasting legacy helping to save the lives of many others through his selfless donation of his tissue and cornea. One tissue donor can heal the lives of more than 75 people and one cornea donor can restore sight for two people.

“I strongly encourage family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to consider organ, eye and tissue donation,” adds Lee. “Do not be afraid to talk about donation now so that everyone knows your wishes and can rejoice when the final decision has to be made. It’s a time of joy and actual comfort, knowing Duane’s life gifts would go on to help others after his passing and has brought such peace to my heart.”

Donation is so important to so many. If you haven’t yet decided to become a tissue and/or organ donor, be sure to say “yes” to life by registering today!