Thomas Dorsey (1954 - 2015)

  • "Not a day goes by that you are not in my thoughts Tom. I..."
    - Christal
  • "WE miss you Tom. May you rest in peace."
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Thomas Charles Dorsey
October 29, 1954 - December 18, 2015
Thomas Charles Dorsey, of Springfield, Oregon, passed away Friday, December 18th at the age of 61, surrounded by his family. Tom was born October 29th, 1954 in Nampa, Idaho, to William (Stan) and Donna Shroll-Dorsey. He was one of four siblings, including a twin brother Jim and sisters Bonnie and Joyce. Tom and Jim were born on their eldest sister Bonnie's tenth birthday.
Tom grew up in and around Caldwell, Idaho and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1973. Tom was a star football player and received both team and conference awards. His sister Bonnie was his biggest fan and attended all of his games. Tom came from a large extended family, with many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He would often share stories of his childhood, of his time on the farm and working for his Uncle Willard.
Tom met Christal Brown, in 1978 and they were married on October 21st of that year. They raised two children together. Tom began working in construction, as a concrete finisher and carpenter at the age of 19. He eventually became a Project Superintendent for Engineered Structures, managing many large projects throughout the United States. When possible, his wife and children would travel with him but life on the road became tiresome and in 1989 Tom left his position and came home. His family relocated to Oregon shortly thereafter. Tom spent the next eight years working as a carpenter, building homes in and around Eugene, Oregon. In 1997, he accepted a position in the Springfield School District, Maintenance Department where he worked until his retirement in 2013. His years of experience in carpentry, concrete and metal fabrication were a great asset. He enjoyed his time at the School District, maintaining the schools in Springfield and surrounding areas.
Camping and fishing were two of Tom's favorite pastimes. Tom fished many lakes, rivers and streams throughout the Pacific Northwest. Some of his favorites were Lost Lake and the Snake River in Idaho, and the Siuslaw and Umpqua Rivers in Oregon. He taught his children to catch trout, steelhead and salmon. He loved fishing with his grandchildren as well. Tom could fish for hours, quietly watching his line. In High School Tom and his brother Jim were "founding members" of a group of lifetime friends who began camping together every Memorial Day weekend. This tradition continues to this day. Tom and Christal, while living in Oregon were not always able to attend but they were always remembered and considered part of this loving group of friends. Tom's friends were very special to him. After moving to Oregon it became an annual event for Jim and lifetime friends Alan (the Third Twin), Terry, John and Jerry to visit for salmon fishing. Tom looked forward to this trip all year and was always ready with the scoop on the hot fishing holes.
Tom is survived by his wife, Christal Dorsey of Springfield, Oregon; his son Zane Dorsey, of Springfield, Oregon; and his daughter, Beth Vaira, of Portland, Oregon. His siblings, Jim Dorsey, of Meridian, Idaho; Joyce Walker, of Nampa, Idaho; and Bonnie Gray, of Caldwell, Idaho. And, his grandchildren which he loved very much, Taylor, Gavin and Madison Dorsey and Shelby and Avery Vaira.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his nephew, Paul Dorsey.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Waters Edge Event Center (287 E Shore Drive, Eagle, Idaho) on Saturday, March 26th at 11am with lunch following at the Nampa Elks Lodge. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the .

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Mar. 15, 2016
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