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.