Ball & Dodd Funeral Home

5100 West Wellesley Ave, Spokane, WA


Laurel Margaret Dormaier

22 January , 19438 November , 2019

Laurel Margaret Dormaier, 76, of Spokane, WA, passed away on Nov. 8th. Laurel was born in Minneapolis, MN on January 22, 1943 to Roland and Evelyn King. She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in n 1961 and continued on to receive a degree in Education from Washington State University. Laurel was married to John Dormaier on Aug. 14, 1965; they were married 54 years. Laurel worked as an English Teacher for Spokane School District 81 for 32 years. She enjoyed knitting, reading, and spending time with her granddaughters. Laurel is survived by her brothers, Frank (Mary) King, Bellingham, WA and Roland King, Baltimore, MD; her daughter Leah (Clint) Hale of Walla Walla, WA; her son Erik (Dawn) Dormaier of Seattle, WA, her granddaughters Mackenzie and Rylee Hale, and nieces and nephews. Laurel is preceded in death by her husband, John Dormaier, Spokane, WA and her parents Roland and Evelyn King.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, 23 November , 2019


Laurel Margaret Dormaier

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Mary-Dean Wooley

4 December 2019

Leah and Erik and families . . . it is with great sadness I learned of your loss. I have such wonderful memories of your mom and the times we shared during our years together at Linwood. During those years she tirelessly shared her gifts and talents with the entire school community. Her leadership had such a positive and lasting impact. She will be missed deeply by those fortunate enough to spend time with her.

Lynn Morice Sams

27 November 2019

Laurel and I were best friends in second grade. Our life paths took very similar directions to LC and then on to WSU. We became friends again several years ago on Facebook and had lunch together when she visited Walla Walla. We had a lot of fun and laughs.
I was shocked and terribly saddened to hear of her passing.
May she rest in peace.

Janet Janson

20 November 2019

I am sorry to hear of Mrs. Dormaier's passing. When she taught at Deer Park Jr. High, she was my English teacher. (About 1966?)I remember she ignited my interest in creative writing, which I have continued to do throughout the years, publishing in the local newspapers and writing historical books and cookbooks. I will always remember what a good English teacher she was and how she opened up my world to writing. She was a class act in her dress, style and demeanor.

Janet Janson Kemp

Jackie Rainbolt (Mrs.R)

20 November 2019

Leah and Family,
There are absolutely no words to express how sorry I am that you have lost your Mom. Laurel was and will always be one of my favorite people. We have continued our friendship through "Facebook" since my move to this side of the state. Your Mom was always there to talk with, to lend a hand and most of all to continually lift me up with her wonderful, wacky sense of humor. I will miss our contact and how she made me laugh when things got tough...for both of us. Please know how sorry I am for you, your family, and your two girls. I know how much she loved all of you and how very proud she was of her Daughter and her granddaughters. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts...and my prayers..if there is any thing I can ever help you with...Please know I am here for you. Much Love and so many, many hugs.

Guy King

19 November 2019

I'm Laurel's brother, so I have known her since she was a toddler 15 months old. She had a loving and generous nature and a sweet disposition, and showed a love and aptitude for teaching even then. Her near infinite patience with her two rowdy younger brothers proved that!
She comforted me when my wife died last year, and I comforted her when her husband died later the same year.
May God bless you and keep you, dear Laurel. You are much beloved.

Janie and Sam Selley

18 November 2019

Leah and Eric and your families:
I hadn't talked with your Mom for quite a while and we were saddened to read of her passing in the paper. Laurel did indeed have the patience of Job working with Jackie and me and all of you girls. That was a while ago but I still remember that your Mom had a big smile that she shared freely with everyone.
Know that she will be missed by many friends. You all are in our thoughts and prayers .
Janie and Sam Selley