Services to honor and remember the life of David L. Dorsey will be 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at the Claremore Conference Center, 1400 W. Country Club Road. He will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery. Rice Funeral Service has been entrusted with David's care following the tragic accident which claimed his life on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 21, 2016 when he and his wife Christi were returning home from a motorcycle trip to Colorado. Christi remains in an Oklahoma City hospital where she is recovering from multiple injuries.
There will be a time of viewing and visitation at the funeral home Sunday afternoon from 1-5 p.m. with David's family receiving visitors. David was born on Dec. 12, 1953 in Claremore, Okla. He was the son of Albert Neal "Chick" and Ellen Isabell (Roberts) Dorsey. The close knit community of Verdigris was home for David and his sister Beverly as they grew up surrounded by many other aunts, uncles and cousins living nearby. David attended Verdigris schools through the eighth grade, before he transferred to Claremore High School where he graduated with the class of 1972.
When he finished his education, he married and became a proud dad to his daughter Kim and his son Brett. Having learned the valuable lessons of hard work from his father and his Uncle Bill, whom he began working for at the very young age of fourteen, David was well able to provide for his young family. He worked for local businesses before signing on for a long term position with Ford Glass. Never able to sit idle, two jobs were no challenge for David, working both his first job and for the family homebuilding business. When he retired from Ford Glass, he took over the Dorsey Construction Company, now Green River Homes. And like his dad, he never planned to retire from that work.
David grew up devoted to his church and continued his walk of faith throughout his life. He enjoyed the music and often performed with either a quartet or with his wife Christi.
When he had time to just relax he enjoyed cheering on his favorite football team. Even after recent major heart surgery he had to turn on the bedlam game. But his unquestionably favorite hobby was fishing, fishing and more fishing. He loved taking his children when they were young. But he also loved doing serious fishing, traveling great distances to participate in tournaments.
Since their marriage on Aug. 3, 1987, David and Christi (Coats) have shared a rich and full life together-embracing the joys of life and growing stronger through the challenges.
Just as he learned many valuable skills from his dad and uncles, he learned the value of light heartedness from his beloved grandmother. Though life had plenty of hard places, the ability to joke and smile always made things better. So David's family lovingly uses the word "ornery" to best describe this beloved man.
The solid Dorsey family legacy lives on through those left behind with David's much too early passing: daughter, Kim and her husband Brad James of Verdigris; son, Brett and his wife Marilyn Dorsey of Grapevine, Texas; his three grandchildren, Trey, Paige and Faith Weiesnbach of Verdigris; parents, Chick and Ellen Dorsey of Verdigris; sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and her husband Jerry Watson of Van Buren, Ark. and his beloved wife and fishing partner Christi Dorsey of their home in Verdigris as well as his large and loving extended family members, and many, many friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the ClearView Church Building Fund, 20935 Valley West Dr., Claremore, OK 74019.
Published on August 25, 2016