- Recent Comments - Chatsworth Metrolink Crash - L.A. Times http://projects.latimes.com The latest user comments on en-us Don Peterson on March 12, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c12841 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c12841 Claudia, Kelsey, Zach, and McKenzie, Norma and JoNell - I am so sorry to hear of Doyle's passing. The Sousers were a wonderful family when we were growing up and my brother Erik and I were fortunate to spend a lot of time in their loving, welcoming presence. I have not seen Doyle in nearly 30 years but I can see from these tributes that he never changed from the beautiful gentle soul he was as a young man. He was quite the heroic influence as a suave high school and college guy (Doyle had a weakness for the coolest clothes back then) for my brother and I. Back then, Doyle kept a tidy bedroom, clean car and cool clothes - very tidy. Looking back now, I can appreciate his patience and tolerance when he endured a couple of messy curious kids following him around the farm (and undoubtedly messing up his stuff). He always made us feel welcome. I am so sorry that he's gone yet so happy that he led such a great life and has left a wonderful family and loving friends. We were all lucky to have known him and it will be good, some day, to see him again. God Bless Doyle's family and friends in California and Colorado. Don Peterson, Corvallis Oregon Thu, 12 Mar 2009 08:47:26 -0700 Wilma G. Wilson on December 5, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c9707 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c9707 In today's mail was a card from Claudia; I was excited to receive what I assumed was the Souser Family's annual Thanksgiving Letter, which I look forward to receiving and reading every year. Although I moved from Simi Valley to Sacramento in 1994, the Sousers have remained close to my heart throughout the years. They are my dear friends. Through our annual exchange of Thanksgiving and Christmas Letters and photos, we kept abreast of what's going on with our families; I felt close to them, despite the 402-mile distance. I was at Claudia's baby shower when she was pregnant with Kelsey! I had the pleasure of spending time with them in Camarillo when Doyle and I worked together at Lincoln Property Company in Westlake Village. I was in shock and disbelief when I read the card, learning for the first time that Doyle was one of those who did not survive the Metrolink crash. I remember looking at the photo of the wreckage on the Sacramento Bee with my children, and prayed for those who perished and for those who survived. There was not a list of fatalities - I was unaware, until today, that a dear friend, Doyle, was among them. This news overwhelmed me with grief. I know that the Souser Family is very strong, however, with the holidays coming up, I can only imagine what they are going through. Doyle was one of the kindest, gentlest, grounded and brightest man I know. His honesty, integrity, humility, optimism, his commitment to his family, his work ethics, his sense of humor...all these admirable traits, and many more, make him a "rare species" in today's world and I know that everyone whose life he has touched, including mine, will miss him greatly. He lived a great life on earth and I know he is looking down on us, from heaven, letting us know that eternal life with God is even better! Claudia, Kelsey, Zach & Mackenzie, you are in our hearts and prayers! God bless you! - Wilma, Sabine, Benjamin & Cambria Fri, 05 Dec 2008 07:56:58 -0800 Richard Stewart on December 2, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c9620 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c9620 I was so pleased to find the card from the Souser house in my box tonight--and so shocked when I opened it and found out that I wouldn't be talking to Doyle this year, or anytime this side of the Kingdom. Doyle was always my hero since we met at UNR--for so many of the reasons listed above. I very much appreciated his ability to make friends, to serve others, his love of his Lord and his family, and his ability join forces with his wife to make a home that was a beacon for many others. My thoughts and prayers go with you and yours. Tue, 02 Dec 2008 01:24:30 -0800 Kirk Sniff on November 24, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c9513 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c9513 Doyle was one of my best friends when we attended Colorado State University in the early 70's. We lost touch when he moved to California and I moved to Texas. I always looked forward to his Thanksgiving card and the absolute joy and comfort he found in his family and faith. I wish I could have said goodbye but who ever has the chance, really? He was kind and wise and solid. A real man with a gentle soul. He enriched the World. I pray for the comfort and solace of his family who I've never met but whose pain I feel. They will never forget what a wonderful man Doyle was and neither will I. Mon, 24 Nov 2008 06:48:26 -0800 Donna & Roy Aiken on October 4, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3556 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3556 We did not know Doyle but he sounds like a wonderful person. Our hearts go out to you in this most difficult time. We also lost our son Christopher in the accident and everyday can be a new challenge. May the memories you have of him sustain you through this most difficult time. Sat, 04 Oct 2008 02:19:23 -0700 Berna De Scott on October 2, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3498 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3498 I want to tell the family of Doyle that they were very blessed to have Doyle in their lives,and I know that you know that, as I did all the time that we grew up at Lone Star. The best times that we had together were at Burdett and on the school bus. I have not one moment of doubt that he is walking and talking with His Lord Jesus Christ at this very moment. The last time I saw him we talked the whole time about our love for the Lord and how much we loved Him. My heart was broken the day of I heard of his death for his family, for those of us who had the privilege of knowing him, but not for Doyle because I know that to be absent from this earth is to be present with the Lord if you love Him and that given your life to Him, as Doyle did. My husband and I will be praying for you daily and I pray that God will wrap His arms around you and hold you and strengthen you all. Doyle was my friend and I count it a privilege to have known him and I know that I will see him again one sweet day. And as the sweet old song says Doyle's faith has become sight. Thu, 02 Oct 2008 03:42:59 -0700 mey chao on October 1, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3456 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3456 Though we all may have lost someone who is a big part of our lives and our hearts and we are not able to replace or fill that emptyness that our love ones have taken with them when they left this world. but i hope that maybe we all can come together and allow each other to come into each others lives since i know that we all share the same pain. when my father passed in that metrolink 2008 crash my life has not been the same and its been very difficult, my father left behind his wife and 5 children and so many grand children, and we all miss and love him so much but talkin about him with my family and remembering all the good times we had with him helps us with our pain of losing him. so i just would like to let you all know i am here if you need to talk or just someone to listen to you. my email is chaomey82@gmail.com my hearts and prayers go out to you. Wed, 01 Oct 2008 10:11:51 -0700 Mary Rhoades, Colorado Cousin on September 25, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3332 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3332 As I read these many thought about my consin Doyle, I would like to say that my memories go back to our childhood and school days together at LSHS. May God bless your wife and children as well as your mother Norma and sister JoNell. May God continue to wrap his loving arms around you at this time, and during the years to come. We love all of you. Thu, 25 Sep 2008 06:36:36 -0700 Onweiler Family on September 24, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3306 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3306 Claudia our thoughts and prayers are with you, Kelsey, Zach and Mackenzie. We are so grateful to have known Doyle and to see all the joy he has brought to so many lives. We love you. Wed, 24 Sep 2008 10:26:50 -0700 Jacque Fuller on September 22, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3208 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3208 Salvation is real!!! May our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, continue to carry you, strengthen you, and reveal Himself to you as you continue through this trial. Mon, 22 Sep 2008 01:25:59 -0700 Grace Ford on September 21, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3182 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3182 I was very blessed to have know Mr. Souser my whole life. He was a father figure to me and one of my fathers oldest friends. He was solid in his faith and devoted to his family. I will miss many things about him, from his loving smile to the tassels on his shoes! May God bless the Souser family~ our prayers will never stop. Sun, 21 Sep 2008 09:41:21 -0700 Tom Fuller on September 21, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3174 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3174 Claudia, We saw you at the emergency center the night of the crash, and we have been lifting you and your family in prayer. It sounds like Doyle and my brother Walter were men cut from the same cloth. Just as they rode the train together, they are in Glory together. God is Faithful, Blessed be His name. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. ~ Tom Fuller, Walt Fuller's Little Brother Sun, 21 Sep 2008 08:28:07 -0700 Phylene W. on September 20, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3125 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3125 Nearly every Thanksgiving for over 20 years, Doyle and Claudia and later Kelsey, Zach and Mackenzie have shared our family Thanksgiving table. Doyle's presence was one of the bright spots on that special holiday--he could always be counted on to connect with each person in a down-to-earth, easy, and non-judgmental way. It was his gift to those around him. His sudden departure from this life was so unexpected, yet it's such a blessing to have known a truly godly man, husband, and father. Claudia, Kelsey, Zach and Mackenzie, you are all in my prayers. May your grief be filled with the hope that comes from knowing the One in whom we believe. Sat, 20 Sep 2008 11:08:07 -0700 Jack Hane on September 20, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3102 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c3102 Doyle and Claudia are wonderful friends to this "old Montanan". He was an example of the Christian "pilgrim" husband and father that every American Christian family should strive to emulate. Dear claudia and his children have so much to be thankful for God giving them this man for the time they had together. This family is a living testimony of God's grace and mercy. In Christian love, Jack Hane Sat, 20 Sep 2008 04:45:32 -0700 Mey Chao on September 19, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2985 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2985 i know exactly how you feel, my father had passed in that accident, i will pray for him and the whole family. HUGS Fri, 19 Sep 2008 09:53:26 -0700 Michael Murray on September 17, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2647 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2647 My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. We met briefly on the 113 Metrolink and we saw each other often during our commute. We sometimes both got off at the Camarillo station at the same time. My commuting stopped last December. I would have liked to have known him better. I bet he knew how to put together some fantastic meals for his family and friends. Wed, 17 Sep 2008 01:46:04 -0700 Don Carlson on September 17, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2604 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2604 Doyle has been a friend of mine since our college days together at Colorado State. Our friendship grew closer during a few short years in Denver after college before marriage and families for both of us. Our daughters attend the same university in San Diego now. Time has passed by so quickly but my memories of Doyle - conversations, basketball games, our families, our friends, and most importantly, our Christian faith - will remain until we meet again. Ardeth's and my thoughts, prayers, and encouragement will be with you, Claudia, and your wonderful Kids. Wed, 17 Sep 2008 11:08:41 -0700 Julia Dickens on September 17, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2543 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2543 My thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of Doyle. I know losing him will be an ongoing pain to deal with. My personal best thoughts to his mother and sister, jd Wed, 17 Sep 2008 07:23:13 -0700 Kate Hagglund on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2458 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2458 My thoughts and love to Doyle's family. I am honored to have known him and am honored to know his family - they are the epitome of what is good in this world Tue, 16 Sep 2008 09:18:26 -0700 Paula, Becky, Tom and Jeff and their families on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2456 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2456 In the time we spent with Doyle, his strength as a husband, father, and friend was always apparent. Doyle was clearly a man after God's own heart, a servant leader who had his priorities in life set correctly: '!as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.' (Joshua 24:15) He took very good care of Claudia's family, and was always genuine, gracious and kind. Our prayer is that all who mourn the loss of Doyle, particularly Claudia, Kelsey, Zach, and Mackenzie, will know God's peace and comfort. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 09:16:46 -0700 Laura Hagglund - cousin on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2450 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2450 My cousin Doyle, a tall, lanky guy in his jeans and cowboy boots. We had fun times on the farm in Colorado, playing with the cousins, riding horses and listening to stories our parents,aunts and uncles had of farm life. My heart goes out to the whole family, Claudia and the kids, Aunt Norma, JoNell and family. We are all blessed to have known and loved Doyle. Yet, even though it hard to imagine him not being here, he is always with you in your heart. He is with God and he is always watching over you and loving you. I am praying for you all and love you all very much. Laura Tue, 16 Sep 2008 08:53:00 -0700 Wade Mergenthal on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2437 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2437 Doyle was a dear brother in Christ that I always enjoyed being with. He was comfortable to share with and always an encouragement. I am afraid I took for granted that he would always be around... That we would continue to enjoy Sunday afternoon Denver Broncos games with our sons at Cronies... That we would share the joy of taking our sons to a Denver home game this November... That we would share coffee and fellowship during basketball tournaments again next season. Like many others who have posted here, I am heartsick at Doyle's loss yet joyful in the absolutely certain knowledge that I will see him again, under much better conditions (Rev 21:1-5). In the meantime, Doyle's life challenges me to be a better husband, better father, better brother, better friend. Claudia, Kelsey, Zach, Mackenzie -- may God overwhelm you with His peace (Num 6:24-26). Tue, 16 Sep 2008 08:09:51 -0700 Howard Mekelburg on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2334 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2334 Although I don't remember the last time I actually saw Doyle, I was very sorry to hear of his passing. Even though he was over 3 years younger than me, we became good friends at Lone Star school and I know that he had asked my family about me after I left the Yuma area in 1966. After reading all of the awesome comments I am truly honored to have known him and I wish the best for his family. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 03:53:15 -0700 Sister in Christ on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2318 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2318 My husband received a call Friday evening summoning him away from our family to serve at the scene of the accident in Chatsworth. Later that evening we received a call from my parents informing us that a brother in Christ at FCC had been aboard the train; we began to pray for his safe return to his family. Shortly after returning to the scene of the accident the next morning, my husband learned that our brother in Christ, Doyle Souser, had gone home to be with the Lord. Our prayers intensified for this dear family who has suffered such a great loss; yet, we take such great comfort in knowing we grieve not as the world, but as those with hope. Doyle is home rejoicing with his Savior. It is for the precious family he left behind that we now pray with fervency. Although we have never met you, it is clear from the testimonies of those who know your family, that Doyle used his life to impact eternity. And although it was not his routine to be on the 111 train, God placed him there for a reason. In His Sovereign grace and timing we can rest and find comfort. Only eternity will reveal the extent of the impact Doyle had in this life...perhaps even to one on the train that afternoon. "The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and he knows those who take refuge in Him." Nahum 1:7 May the God of all peace comfort you in your time of sorrow. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 03:26:14 -0700 CONNIE FIELDS on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2307 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2307 MAY THE PEACE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST BE WITH YOU AT THIS TRAGIC TIME. GOD BLESS YOU A SISTER IN CHRIST Tue, 16 Sep 2008 02:50:19 -0700 Ginger Imhof Charvat on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2293 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2293 I was fortunate to be a pesky little cousin that spent many nights at the Bob and Norma Souser household. JoNell always played with me and I got to set across the table from my cousin Doyle. He would tease me to an extent but never in a bad way. He was always smiling and kind. In school he was always pleasant and kind to us younger "kids". My Dad taught his Sunday School class and was always proud of Doyle. He would particpate and had a good outlook on life. I haven't seen alot of Doyle in the last 30+ years, but there will always be a place in my heart for him and of course the family I have not gotten to know, along with Norma and JoNell. I love you all and pray that God is comforting you as no one else can at this time. We will all miss him, but so thankful we know where he is. Love and Prayers, Ginger Tue, 16 Sep 2008 02:18:24 -0700 brother in Christ at FCC on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2275 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2275 I was not honored enough to know Doyle like so many of the others who have expressed such beautiful words of admiration for him. As I read down the list of quotes, I can't help but fight back the tears and as I continued to read I realized something... These words of admiration regarding Doyles life, his character, his devotion and most of all his passion for Christ are the same words I would want spoken of me when Christ calls me home. How amazing that even in his absence, Doyles life is a shining example of who I want to be as a husband, a father, a friend and most importantly a Christian man. These words spoken by love ones and friends have left a lasting impression on me and I must thank Doyle for his mentorship, his love for his family and his commitment to God's work. Matthew 10:32 Tue, 16 Sep 2008 01:25:25 -0700 Daniel Osborne on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2248 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2248 I have seen tangible evidence of the godly example that Mr. Souser was to his family through the character that Zach has displayed. I am deeply saddened by the loss of your husband/father, but I know that his godly character will continue to live on through each of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep clinging to Him! Tue, 16 Sep 2008 11:39:27 -0700 Thomas EMS on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2200 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2200 I was one of the crew memeber of a ambulance that responded to the accident on that day. I trasported many people that day. I just wanted to say. I'm sorry for your lose. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 09:29:11 -0700 Joan Trautman on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2168 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/doyle-souser/#c2168 Doyle was a student of mine at Lone Star School in Colorado when he was in the 7th grade. It was my first year of teaching and he was always a "bright spot" in my work day. Along with being a great student, he was a kind, gently, popular young man. Doyle will be greatly missed by his family and friends in Colorado as well as the ones in California. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 07:46:37 -0700