Dornan, Donald D.
May 10, 1931 - September 9, 2011
Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Don passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Gardnerville, Nevada, on September 9th after a courageous battle with cancer.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley, of 51 years and their five sons: Brian, Donald Jr., Kevin, Matthew and James and six loving grandchildren: Conor, Shanea, Meghan, Breann, Erin and Colleen.
Born on May 10th 1931 in New York City, New York, he was the eldest son of Harry and Gertrude Dornan and brother of former U.S. Congressman Robert K. Dornan and Deacon Richard Dornan.
After moving with his family to Southern California in 1943, Don attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles. Following service in the U.S. Air Force, he attended the University of Southern California studying radio, television and film where he developed a passion for filmmaking and politics. He traveled the world as a photojournalist, eventually establishing a successful career as a film director and political consultant. He served as a consultant for many prominent republican political campaigns at the national, state and local levels. His efforts included service in the campaigns of Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, Bruce Herschensohn, Mike Antonovich, and of course his brother Bob.
An accomplished scuba diver, Don was a pioneer in underwater photography and cinematography.
Don touched the lives of many people in his long life. His great sense of humor, natural Irish gift of gab and larger than life personality complimented a strong devotion to family, God and country.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 17th at 1pm at the Chapel of the Risen Christ, Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 West Slauson Avenue, Culver City, California.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that a donation be made in Don's memory to the Society of the Little Flower, 1313 Frontage Road, Darien, IL 60561.
Published in Los Angeles Times from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2011.