Bateman Carroll Funeral Home

520 W Powell Blvd, Gresham, OR


Thomas Earl Dority

May 14, 1951December 31, 2019

Beloved Dad, "Gumpy", brother and Friend

Thomas Earl Dority of Portland, OR died peacefully on Tuesday December 31, 2019 at the age of 68. Tom was born to parents John and Helen (née Gerte) Dority on May 14, 1951 in Westerly, Rhode Island. He was the youngest of four and attended Warren G. Harding High School in Bridgeport, CT. In 1969, he entered the Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam War, spending time in Thailand and Okinawa, where he was wounded. In the 1990’s he would use his GI Bill to get a Bachelor’s degree in English from Portland State University.

A brief marriage to Sherrie (née Hughes) Garrett brought him two children; Joshua and Michelle. He worked a number of jobs over the years and was a jack of all trades.

Tom is survived by his daughter Michelle Kroll (Brian) and granddaughter Claire (12), his sister Dianne (née Dickinson) Rawson (Ralph), sister Paulette and brother John Paul. He is preceded in death by his son Joshua in 2014, his mother Helen in 1963, his father John in 2004, and his brother-in-law John Learned in 2019.

Tom will be cremated and then interred at Willamette National Cemetery. There will be a service at Willamette National Cemetery at a date to be announced here. Guests are welcome to attend. The family is grateful for the outpouring of love and condolences.


7 February

Military Honors and Committal

10:30 am

Willamette National Cemetery

11800 SE Mt Scott Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97266


Thomas Earl Dority

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Audie Hagar

January 14, 2020

One great man that will be truly missed. Tom was a man that loved his kids and even the ones that were not his. Many weekends that had the opportunity to spend with him in Portland having steak and eggs and listening to jazz. God bless you pops. Much love, GOD has another soldier!