DOUGLAS PAUL DORNER
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1929 to 2013
Doug, age 84 was a husband of 56 years, father, grandfather, successful businessman, teacher, traveler, coach, a golden gloves boxer, an end on the football team, and softball player. He was a Marine, fisherman, actor, writer, artist, cook, golfer and friend to many.
He grew up in Cleveland, OH, with his older brother Donald and parents Cal and Connie, and lots of Hungarian family nearby. He was a Civil Air Patrol cadet during WWII, worked for the Messenger Service in the Civil Defense Corps in WWII. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and fought in Korea, Staff Sergeant, First Marine Division. You could never get him to tell you much about the time he spent in Korea, and marching into China, other that it was extremely cold over there, "frozen Chosin," they called it. He earned a Purple Heart and other medals.
His dedication to the Marine Corps kept him in the U.S. Naval Reserve for many years, a life member of The First Marine Division Association, and organizations including the DAV, VFW, American Legion Past Commander, Chaplain, Honor Guard in Coral Gables, FL. And in Green Valley, AZ, a past Marine Corps League Commandant, Chaplain, and Honor Guard.
Doug went to college on the GI Bill and earned a BS in industrial education from the University of Wisconsin "" Stout, in Menomonie, WI. While in college, a beautiful young lady, Margaret, caught his eye and became his wife for over 56 years.
His first teaching job was in Rhinelander, WI, where he taught 6th and 7th grades at Pelican Public School. He joined UNIVAC and moved to Bloomington, MN and later Princeton, NJ. Doug worked as Supervisor of Instructors in commercial equipment in the Training Department, and Manager of the St. Paul Education and Training Center. He helped train people to use the new main frame computers on military bases. He was named "Boss of the Year" in 1969 by the Burnesville, MN, Jaycees. He published and wrote "The Univac Instructor" newsletter.
While with UNIVAC 15 years, he had time to be a Scoutmaster, take the family to Philmont Scout Ranch in NM, coach his son's hockey and football teams, go to a few Vikings games, teach his daughter to ski and love football, and do a lot of fishing.
In 1974, Doug joined CORDIS (now J&J) in Miami, FL as National Sales Training Manager and Manager, Corporate Training & Development. He hired engineers, and trained them to teach and sell heart pacers and other cardiovascular instrumentation.
While in Miami, Doug was involved in many organizations including: Vice Flotilla Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 12 years as Junior Achievement Coordinator, Director of American Society for Training and Development Miami Chapter, President of the Coral Gables High School Band Boosters, and played first base on the company softball team.
While retired in Green Valley, AZ, for 17 years, Doug stayed busy with his Marine friends, was a model ship builder, road in a few White Elephant parades, and attended many Marine Corps reunions across the country. He liked baby-sitting Zack the dog, attended Lutheran church, loved to cook, and everywhere he lived he flew the American flag every day. Upon his death he was an organ donor; his skin helped burn victims.
His pride and joy were his grandchildren Dalton, Preston, Kyler and Cameron. He enjoyed watching their games live or on tape.
Douglas is survived by his wife Margaret; son Douglas J. Dorner and wife Marti, children Kyler and Cameron of New Market, MD; daughter Karen Dorner Groenewold and husband Wade, children Dalton and Preston, of Tucson, AZ; and brother Donald Dorner of Atlanta, GA.
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Graveside service at Green Valley Mortuary. He will be cremated and interned at Green Valley Mortuary in a private ceremony with full Military Rites, officiated by Pastor Capt. Doris Miller, Air Force, and the American Freedom Riders present.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Green Valley Community Food Bank.
Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Sept. 25, 2013
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