Capt. Ivan Dorey
 Jan 23, 2011


Ivan A. Dorey, loving husband of Frances, died at home on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at the age of 91.

The youngest of five children, Ivan was born in Van Buren, Arkansas on February 5, 1919. His family traveled west to Seaside, Oregon and then settled in Hoquiam, WA, where he grew up, enjoying sports and graduating from high school. Attending Central Washington College in Ellensburg, he continued playing basketball, becoming one of their star players, and working part time jobs to support himself. He received a B.A. in Education.

Enlisting in the Naval Air Force Corps in 1941, he was trained at Sand Point Naval Air Station and Corpus Christi, Texas where he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. As a dive bomber pilot, he was sent to Midway Island, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Bougainville, Raboul, and Emireau, among other locations in the South Pacific. He became a flight instructor at El Toro Marine Air Base in California, completing instrument flight training and qualifying as an instructor. Earning the rank of Major, Ivan's love of flying motivated his career choice to fly for commercial airline companies for the next 34 years. He flew for Pan Am, West Coast Airlines, and Hughes Air West, 30 years as a captain and 8 years as a check pilot, retiring in 1979.

Although his family and career were the focus of his life, Ivan also found time to volunteer in the community with Meals on Wheels and reading audio books for the blind. A veracious reader and avid gardener, he and Frances have enjoyed living on Mercer Island for 54 years.

Ivan is survived by his wife Frances, of 63 years, daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara (Glen) Suggs, Patricia (Ed) Miller and Carolyn (John) Conner, as well as 9 grandchildren; Jennifer and Megan Suggs, Joseph, Daniel, Jonathan, Samuel and Ruthanne Conner, David and Naomi Miller, and two great-grandchildren, Grace and Hannah Conner. They will greatly miss their father and papa who loved and provided for his family in a multitude of thoughtful and encouraging ways.

The family held a private memorial in their home, fondly celebrating this great man they were so blessed to have as loving mentor and friend.