Orin Dean Bullert|
1927 - 2014
Resident of Belmont, California
Orin Dean Bullert, 86, was born July 5, 1927 in Webster, South Dakota and passed away in Red Bluff, CA on February 15, 2014, surrounded by loved ones. Brought up on his parent's farm with eight other siblings, he traveled to a one-room school from first through eighth grades on a horse-drawn buggy. After high school, he traveled to Denver, where he worked as a carpenter, and then moved to California, where two of his sisters lived, and worked in the shipyards as a welder while attending Stanford University. He then joined the Navy and was in pilot training when WWII ended. He went on to graduate from Union College in Schenectady, NY.
Orin founded Bullert Construction and built dozens of homes in the Bay Area, retiring at age 48. He loved travel and traversed the world on dozens of cruises. Some of his favorite places were Alaska, the beautiful home he built in Belmont CA surrounding a massive rock, and always, South Dakota.
Orin was predeceased by his parents, Mary (Brakhage) and Otto Bullert, his brothers Byron and David, and his sisters Vivian Shea, Margery Kral, and June Honey. He is survived by his wife of 21 years Linda, his sisters Betty Coghill, Beverly Swanson, and Marilyn Rarick, his children Dean (Linda), Richard, Nancy Burrows (Rod), Cathy, Carolyn and their mother Marilyn, his grandchildren Spenser and Landry Burrows, Dakota and Kelly Bullert, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews who adored him.
The phrase "favorite uncle" has been heard many times this week. His quick wit, intelligence, kindness, generosity, and love of family were gifts to us all.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff and caregivers at Lassen House in Red Bluff. Donations should be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 19, 2014