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The Family

Kenny Doonan had his eye on a girl in high school, hoping to get close to his dream date, he asked her best friend Sue to a football game.. Four years later Kenny and Sue were married and their story is a beautiful one - parents to 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter and 6 grandchildren, 3 boys and 3 girls ages 3-18. Kenny and Sue both say family time is important, and both say they cherish the 2 weeks in summertime that they get alone time with the grandchildren at the lake. They're grateful that even the older grandchildren are still excited about their time with grandparents.

The Business

Kenny and Sue own Doonan Truck & Equip, which is 3 Peterbilt truck dealerships in Wichita, Great Bend and Hays along with Hino in Wichita. They travel extensively for business. Business is?. Busy!!!!


Kenny loves to fly and has a Stearman biplane at Benton's Stearman Field. Anyone looking at pictures of Stearman Fly Days will find lots of shots with Peterbilts in the background, sometimes pulling an RV.


Kenny is devoting his heart and feet to helping individuals and families break through the cycle of poverty and mental illness at Breakthrough. He also sits on the board of the Kansas Food Bank.



Crystal may have searched for her role in life, getting a degree in Biblical Literature with a youth emphasis from Ozark Christian College in Joplin, moving on to an interior design certification, but she only needed to pay attention to her own imagination to know where she belonged. Every time she heard music, she imagined dance steps. Her dream was calling to her.

She was looking for a summer job answering phones while in college, when she spotted a sign that said "we teach ballroom, country, latin and swing".

She went into the studio was asked if she was applying for the job. What job? Teacher!

She assured them she had no experience, but the owner came out and danced with her for about two hours that day, and she had fun! He told her to come back the next day, and the next, and after a week and a half she was teaching another student.

She kept teaching. She says she now knows you have to dance three years before you even know what you don't know.

Crystal is a grandmother, in a blended family, of 17. She's had enough time teaching to know what she loves and she tells stories how dance has changed lives. She says it's social and should be for everyone. She tells of an engineer from Cessna who told her he was too shy to meet people. Before he moved he took her to lunch to thank her for changing his life. Women love to dance, and he'd met many wonderful women.

Crystal tells of a man in his 80's, starting a second life, he says he's quite a catch now, he can dance AND drive at night! She is full of stories, she seems to fall in love with the men and women who crave the chance to learn and change.

Crystal still has a vision for her perfect lifestyle - interior design during the day, and dance instruction in the evening. It just may come true.