DENVER, Colo. - David Dorn died Thursday (Sept. 25, 2014) at home in Denver after 90 wonderful years.
Lovingly known as "Papa Bear," he was surrounded and honored by his immediate family as he departed peacefully.
He is survived by his brothers, Dick and John; and his children, Brooks, Forest and Lisa.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Julieanne; his eldest son, Bill; and his second wife, Catherine.
He leaves behind numerous devoted friends and a large extended family including, two stepchildren, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
David was born May 8, 1924, in Bradford, Pa., one of six children of Forest and Ruth Dorn. He attended Phillips Andover Academy and Yale University before entering into service as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army.
David spent his professional career continuing the pioneering legacy of his father and grandfather in the oil and gas industry, as a leader of Forest Oil Corp.
He was an avid outdoor sportsman who loved to hunt and fish. Woodworking was his passion and creative talent.
David had a profound impact on our understanding of genetic diseases through his support of Massachusetts General Hospital's ongoing research of Huntington's disease.
He was a lifelong member of the Republican National Committee, served on the board of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and was a past president of both the Shikar Safari Club and the National Petroleum Council.
Papa Bear's greatest achievement was the ties he bound within his close-knit family. He will be fondly remembered for his generous heart, witty humor and colorful story telling.
Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Denver Country Club, Denver, Colo.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Horan & McConaty Funeral Service in Denver.
The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to MGH Pure Huntington's Disease Fund, MGH Development Office, Att. Shawn Fitzgibbons, 100 Cambridge St. #1310, Boston, Mass. 02114.
Published in The Bradford Era from Sept. 26 to Oct. 3, 2014