Nicholas Docman Jr.
Nicholas Docman Jr, 63, of Merriam, KS, passed away on December 31, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 23, 1955 in Kansas City, Kansas, ever proud to be a “Dotte”. As a small child, he suffered the untimely death of his mother, Sophia Resovich Docman. He was fortunate to be the son of Nicholas Docman, who raised Nick and his two older siblings with affectionate firmness. Nick spent his childhood in the security of a large circle of aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as friends from the congregation at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church. He enjoyed serving as an altar boy, dancing in the kolo group and singing in the choir. A natural athlete, he always ran fast and played hard, proud to have been starting center on the West Junior High basketball team during a winning season.
Nick was a 1973 graduate of Wyandotte High School. He continued his education at Kansas City Kansas Junior College and later at UMKC. His innate intelligence allowed him to excel during a 35 year career as a trusted cable repairman and systems technician for AT&T. He was a member of the Communications Workers of America and served as a union steward. Always looking out for the welfare of his customers, AT&T awarded him the Rider Service prize in 1991 for his prompt and decisive actions restoring 911 service to Johnson County following a severe storm. Since he performed at this level every day of his career, he was irritated to learn he must pay income tax on the value of the medallion! His ability to learn new technologies and to identify and resolve network problems was legendary.
Nick was the spark of every gathering, lived life to the fullest, and made friends with folks in every walk of life. In his younger years, he loved to ride his Harley with his brother and his cousins. Later on, he found joy in hiking, skiing, scuba diving and bicycling, travelling extensively following his retirement in 2010. He loved to be outside, whether mowing, splitting firewood or building stone walls in his garden. Nick was the guy in the red Ford pickup who was always asking home builders whether he could haul away the extra limestone or the fallen oak tree. He wouldn’t hesitate to help you paint your house, to shovel your snow and once hopped out of his truck to chase down a purse snatcher. A daily presence on the Johnson County Parks trail system, he was that tall guy with the gray pony tail and beard who never failed to greet you, pet your dog and ask about your bicycle.
Nick was preceded in death by his parents. His wife of 28 years, Janice, treasures their splendid life together and deeply mourns his loss. He will be fondly remembered by his stepchildren Erin and Andrew McKinley, their respective spouses Eric and Mallary, his two grandsons Khale and Killian and his favorite niece, Sophia. His last days after his sudden illness were made joyous through the loving presence of his many, many cousins.
Special thanks to the staff at Shawnee Mission Medical Center for their care and support: Dr. Mukharji, Dr. Nelson, Eric, Kennon, Allanna, Liz, Lori, Doug, Jan, Tamara, Grant, Nathan, Juana, Carey, Dr. Williams and others. Additional appreciation to the EMT, police and fire personnel who responded so rapidly and professionally when he needed them most.
A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later time. Expressions of condolence may be left at www.CremationCenterKC.com.
Contributions in his honor may be made to KCPT, KCUR, Harvesters or Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care.