OBITUARY

Dennis Lee Dorman

April 1, 1940April 5, 2018
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Dennis Lee Dorman (also known as Bulldog to his high school friends), passed away in Houston, Texas on Thursday, April 5, 2018, after a four month illness. His loving wife of 58 years, Leah, was at his side.

Dennis was born in Port Arthur, Texas on April 1, 1940, to Dorothy Landry Dorman and Everett Pleasant Dorman. Dennis graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelors of Business Administration. He married his high school sweetheart Leah Catalina on December 19, 1959. Dennis worked in the banking industry for several years, then went to work for Cameron Credit Union, where he retired as President and CEO after 28 years (now Primeway Federal Credit Union). He was responsible for the exceptional growth of the credit union and helped groom the next generation of credit union leaders.

Dennis was a fisherman, hunter and an avid civil war buff. He served as Treasurer for the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions and various other committees. He was also on the Board of Directors of Town North Bank in Dallas.

Being the baseball coach for his two sons, from grade school all the way through high school, was Dennis' most rewarding accomplishment because he was with his boys. Every other year Rick and Ron were on the same team and he swelled with pride. He had a pitcher and a catcher - a two-man baseball team. We had some serious bleacher butt. Dennis was blessed to have two kidney transplants, one in 2001 and one in 2009. We will forever be grateful to the donors who saved his life.

In the last few years, Dennis was faced with declining health. His granddaughters gave him a little stuffed dog when he had his second transplant. For years the dog went unnamed and just in the past couple of years, I told him that he should name the dog. He asked what I thought he should name him. I told him I thought he should name him after the prophet Job because of all the challenges that he endured and yet remained faithful to his God. He wasn’t able to go to church the past few years but I know God understands. He read his Bible every day.

As his wife, it was my honor to stay by his side and take care of him - through sickness and in health - for better or worse. Those were our vows for 58 years.

May you rest in peace.

Dennis will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who was preceded in death by his parents, Everett Pleasant and Dorothy Landry Dorman, as well as a sister who died at birth, Karen Kay. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Leah Catalina Dorman of Houston; two sons, Richard Dorman and his wife Myra of Houston, and Ronald Dorman and his wife Susan of Spring, Texas; his four grandchildren who adored their grandfather: Travis of New York; Cameron of Houston; Keeley and Cassidy of Spring, Texas, other loving family members and many dear friends.

A celebration of Dennis’ life will be held on Friday, April 20, at 2:00 p.m., in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road, Houston, Texas 77055.

  • FAMILY

  • Those left to cherish Dennis' memory are his loving wife, Leah Catalina Dorman of Houston; two sons, Richard Dorman and his wife Myra of Houston, and Ronald Dorman and his wife Susan of Spring, Texas; his four grandchildren who adored their grandfather: Travis of New York; Cameron of Houston; Keeley and Cassidy of Spring, Texas, other loving family members and many dear friends.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett Pleasant Dorman and Dorothy Landry Dorman, as well as a sister who died at birth, Karen Kay.
  • DONATIONS

  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dennis' name would be appreciated and can be made to Lifeline Chaplaincy, 1415 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX 77004, or to a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Friday, April 20, 2018
REMEMBERING

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John Long

May 18, 2018

Leah, so sorry for your loss.

Carla Campbell Heverly

May 18, 2018

Leah and family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Ray Strother

May 18, 2018

A good friend and a good man.

Nathan Sims

May 18, 2018

My condolences to you and your family, Ron.

Marilyn Ash Scott

May 18, 2018

Let us celebrate his peace. My thoughts are with you. God bless you.

Cory Dorman

May 18, 2018

In great mourning for a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are abundant.

Myra Catalina

May 18, 2018

A kind soul who would give you the shirt off his back. We'll miss you.

Rebecca Thomas

May 18, 2018

Dear Leah, I am so sorry to hear about Dennis. He has been released from earthly pain and is in heaven with our heavenly Father. I know he will be greatly missed by family and all who knew him. My prayers are with you all.

Ruth Potts

May 18, 2018

Dear Leah, my prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord give you strength and courage during this time of grieving. God bless you and give you peace.

Cindy McKnight-Gorski

May 18, 2018

Mr. Dorman was truly a generous, selfless and amazing man. When my son Scott was born he was very ill and was in the hospital a lot. I was a single mom and trying to work as much as possible because I couldn't afford not to. Mr. Dorman came to the hospital on several occasions to let me go home and get some rest. He was just that kind of man.

Dennis was genuinely the "father" figure at our office. I remember him as the person everyone could go to and talk about whatever we needed to. He would give advice but would follow up with "for what it's worth."

When it came to the credit union world he was the one to go to. He was the one reason why so many of us inherited his passion for the industry and also why so many of us adopted and lived by his management style and work ethic. Those of us who worked for him have a lot to thank him for.

I remember the last time I gave a speech for him was at his retirement party. It was so hard for me to get through that speech because I knew deep down inside that the credit union he worked and built up through the years would ultimately not ever be the same without him.

Mr. D was an avid fisherman and I will always have our memories of our conversations about fresh and salt water fishing. Now that I live on the coast I think about him often when I'm out in our boat fishing. He would be so proud to see me out there in the bay baiting my own hook and waiting for the big one to strike! Here's to you Mr. D! I know the bait are jumping and the fish are moving. I hope you catch the biggest fish out there!!

Biography

Dennis Lee Dorman (also known as Bulldog to his high school friends), was born in Port Arthur, Texas on April 1, 1940, to Dorothy Landry Dorman and Everett Pleasant Dorman. Dennis graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelors of Business Administration. He married his high school sweetheart Leah Catalina on December 19, 1959. Dennis worked in the banking industry for several years, then went to work for Cameron Credit Union, where he retired as President and CEO after 28 years (now Primeway Federal Credit Union). He was responsible for the exceptional growth of the credit union and helped groom the next generation of credit union leaders.

Dennis was a fisherman, hunter and an avid civil war buff. He served as Treasurer for the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions and various other committees. He was also on the Board of Directors of Town North Bank in Dallas.

Being the baseball coach for his two sons, from grade school all the way through high school, was Dennis' most rewarding accomplishment because he was with his boys. Every other year Rick and Ron were on the same team and he swelled with pride. He had a pitcher and a catcher - a two-man baseball team. We had some serious bleacher butt.

Dennis was blessed to have two kidney transplants, one in 2001 and one in 2009. We will forever be grateful to the donors who saved his life.

In the last few years, Dennis was faced with declining health. His granddaughters gave him a little stuffed dog when he had his second transplant. For years the dog went unnamed and just in the past couple of years, I told him that he should name the dog. He asked what I thought he should name him. I told him I thought he should name him after the prophet Job because of all the challenges that he endured and yet remained faithful to his God. He wasn’t able to go to church the past few years but I know God understands. He read his Bible every day.

After a four month illness, and with his loving wife at his side, Dennis passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Houston, Texas. Leah recounts, "As his wife, it was my honor to stay by his side and take care of him - through sickness and in health - for better or worse. Those were our vows for 58 years. May you rest in peace."

Dennis will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who was preceded in death by his parents, Everett Pleasant and Dorothy Landry Dorman, as well as a sister who died at birth, Karen Kay.
His loving wife, Leah Catalina Dorman of Houston is left to cherish his memory, as well as two sons, Richard Dorman and his wife Myra of Houston, and Ronald Dorman and his wife Susan of Spring, Texas; his four grandchildren who adored their grandfather: Travis of New York; Cameron of Houston; Keeley and Cassidy of Spring, Texas, other loving family members and many dear friends.