Lexicographic depth first search (LexDFS) is a graph search protocol which has already proved to be a powerful tool on cocomparability graphs. Cocomparability graphs have been well studied by investigating their complements (comparability graphs) and their corresponding posets. Recently however LexDFS has led to a number of elegant polynomial and near linear time algorithms on cocomparability graphs when used as a preprocessing step [2, 3, 11]. The nonlinear runtime of some of these results is a consequence of complexity of this preprocessing step. We present the first linear time algorithm to compute a LexDFS cocomparability ordering, therefore answering a problem raised in  and helping achieve the first linear time algorithms for the minimum path cover problem, and thus the Hamilton path problem, the maximum independent set problem and the minimum clique cover for this graph family.