Dorman David Metz May 8, 1921 - Aug. 31, 2103 Former Bay Area Resident Dorman David Metz, 92, died Saturday, August 31, 2013 at his home in Palm Springs, CA. He was born May 8, 1921 in Oakland to Sam and Rose (Gold) Metz. He grew up in a large household which included his five uncles, Harry, Eddy, Abe, Nate and Louie, and his aunt Rachel. As a teen, Dorman was an active athlete, playing on the Post Enquirer Junior Baseball League. Upon graduating from Fremont High School in Oakland in 1939, he performed as a stand-up comedian with his close friends Jackie Weiss and Joe Moreira around the Bay Area. In 1941, Dorman enlisted and served in the Headquarters 11th Army Corps, becoming a technical sergeant stationed in Ai Tape, British New Guinea, Morati Island, East Indies and Luzon, Philippines. He received a Bronze Star
for organizing cargo truck transports that moved supplies from the beach to supply dumps and that supported troop movement. He also volunteered for numerous flights over enemy-held territory to assist in dropping supplies. Dorman was recognized for having performed his duties in an "outstanding manner" when he was discharged in 1945. After leaving the Army, Dorman returned to Oakland. One night, after a stand-up comedy performance, his partner's uncle, George Moreira, who worked at Hunt's Tomato, offered him a job, telling him he would make a great salesman. There began Dorman's career as a top-notch salesperson in the food industry. On a blind date in the winter of 1946, Dorman met his future wife of 63 years, Catherine (Kay/Katie) Barron. They jitterbugged that night and kept on dancing until they eloped six weeks later to Reno, Nevada, marrying on March 27, 1946. In the early months of their marriage, Dorman took on a second job as a purser on Transocean Airlines flights to Hawaii. In 1948 came the birth of their first daughter, Dormaine, soon followed by Cathy, Lisa and Kim. The family settled in a close-knit neighborhood in Castro Valley, in a home where Dorman and Kay lived for over forty years. Dorman's half-century career as a "Pasta Man" began as the Northern California Sales Manager for Perfection Macaroni, a small, family-owned business in Oakland. Dorman (known simply as "Metz") moved up through the ranks, becoming the National Private Label Sales Manager, as a number of mergers and sales of the company occurred, from Perfection Macaroni, to American Beauty, to Pillsbury, and finally to the Hershey Corporation. Although Dorman retired in 1975, the Hershey Corporation retained him as a corporate consultant due to his expertise, until he fully retired at the age of 78. Dorman was a true self-made man, who worked his way up in the corporate world despite not having received a college education. In addition to his passion for his work, Dorman was a devoted provider for his family, including his seven grandchildren and one great grandson. After his retirement, Dorman and Kay moved to Palm Springs to be near friends and warmer winter weather. They enjoyed old and new friendships, sunning by the pool, going to the show, watching sports, and hosting cocktail parties and dinners. Dorman could be seen almost every day of the year sitting by the pool, reading the sports and stock market pages and acting as unofficial "mayor" of his condominium complex. He continued to perfect his golf game and, with Kay, enjoyed frequent trips to Europe, Hawaii, and to northern California and Vermont to visit their daughters. After losing his wife in May, 2009, Dorman continued to live independently in Palm Springs. He died peacefully and with dignity with his daughters at his side. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Dorman leaves behind his daughters, Dormaine Malamet Gerome (Richard) of Fremont, Cathy Metz (Jeff Dworkin) of Montpelier, Vermont, Lisa Tunney (Joe) of Livermore, and Kim Davis of Auburn. Dorman is also survived by grandchildren, Dr. Matthew Malamet (Jena) of Santa Monica, Sara Guest (Del Hutchins) of Watertown, South Dakota, Jessica Tunney of Livermore, Ben Tunney of Petaluma, Abra Metz-Dworkin of Washington, DC, Walker Davis of Los Angeles, Willa Davis of Carlisle, PA, and by great grandson Riley Guest of Watertown, SD. Services will be private. Donations can be made to your local or to the national Boys and Girls Club America.