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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Angie Leachman

April 24, 2018

I had the honor of being Mr Dorman’s secretary. He was one in a million. Good natured, generous and lots of fun to be around. One morning before a big meeting he had his jacket off and I noticed a large bass showing through on the back of his white dress shirt. I could’nt help but laugh. He’d worn his fishing T-shirt as an undershirt. He’s like what is so funny? I just told him he might want to leave his jacket on. He always had a stogie in his hand or side of his mouth. It always reminded me of the tough guys in old movies. He was tough on the outside but tender hearted on the inside. He was generous in so many ways. He was accessible and you could literally talk to him about anything. He did like to tease and started calling me Angelika from the Rugrats cartoon. Why are you calling me Angelika? He said, “ it’s not a compliment. “ I had to watch the show to understand what he meant. Lol she’s kinda bossy. My life is richer because I knew him. I still have his book list. He was an avid reader and he gave me a list of his favorite books. That is one of the things I cherish. He was a great friend and teacher.

Ruth Potts

April 24, 2018

Dear Leah, My condolences and prayers are with you. Going down memory lane and remembering our high school years:
The football games where Dennis participated in and the Red Hussars playing during half-time with our maneuvers. I remember the game when he was injured and how upsetting that was. I know that you and Dennis had many happy years together❤ God bless you and keep you in His care. Hussar love, Ruth Wehmeyer Potts















Mickey Walker

April 22, 2018

Dennis was one of my best pals since we first met in WW Junior High. Hanging out with Dennis placed you in a perpetual fun and laughter. Though a serious man, Dennis was always there whenever fun or monkey business was afoot. We played football together at WW and later, TJHS. Our senior year Dennis suffered a shoulder injury and he could no longer manage to play so he dropped out. Dennis and my dad, Bud Walker drove over a thousand miles to see us play Odessa. Dennis and I went to Silsbee a lot where my parents had a place near Village Creek. There, we fished, hunted, and made the Silsbee short drag every day. In High School we hung out with the likes of Staggs, Fredeman, and Jerry White. The thing I always believed was the fact that if Dennis called you friend, he would have your back forever. It was true. He remained a great friend until the end. I introduced him to Leah Catalina and they got married at Rose Hill in 1959. That cool union produced many generations of people who love and show it. It has been my pleasure to call him friend. The world was a better place for Dennis to have crossed our paths. His legacy lives on. Fare thee well, Bulldog. Thanks for all the mind's eye images and stories I will treasure for the rest of my days.

Pete Gavrel

April 21, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Dorman. He was a great role model I had growing up.

Mr. Dorman’s wit and wisdom impact me to this day. His commitment to his family was enlightening and unparalleled. He was a blessed man and a blessing to many as well.

Mrs. Dorman, Rick, Ron, and the rest of the family are in our prayers.

May he Rest In Peace and his memory be eternal.

Lillian Smith

April 20, 2018


What a Lovely person that I was able to call my Boss for 7 years At Cameron Credit Union. What a Wonderful Person and Boss , I will always remember you Mr. Dorman and all the Love you gave to your employees. My heart goes out to your family and I pray for your soul to rest. I am making a donation in his honor to my charity that is so close to my heart -Alzeimer's Association.
You will be missed....Sincerely,Lillian Smith

MaryAnn Lowry

April 20, 2018

While I was in the Houston area last fall, I was blessed to spend time with Dennis and Leah. I hadn’t seen Dennis in years, but he made me feel right at home with his sense of humor. It was so evident that he loved people and sharing a meal with laughter and great conversation was one of his joys. I feel cheated that I wasn’t able to spend more time with him. Through His love of people and joyful spirit, he made the world a better place.

Sending my love and prayers to you, Leah, Rick and Ron

Mary Ann Lowry

Crystal Lang

April 20, 2018

I will never forget the kindness of Mr. Dorman. As a young child, every time I would go to the credit union to see my mom, I would always end up in his office. He always had a hug for me and asked all about what was going on in my life. He praised my accomplishments and always offered encouraging words when things just weren't going right. He watched me grow up and eventually go on to college. He even gave me a part time job over the summers so that I could earn some extra income while home for the summer. Mr. Dorman you will forever be missed but will always be remembered for your kindness to me and my family. May you rest easy in the arms of the Lord.

Bea Kudlacek

April 20, 2018

Mr. D as I called him was my boss for nearly my entire time that I worked in the Credit Union Industry. I will never forget when I was pregnant with my daughter Crystal. I was always so sick and thank God my desk was like 5 feet away from the bathroom. He would come every morning and check on me to see if i needed anything. This is why we all looked at him like a dad because we were a Cameron (TexasOne) Credit Union family. He was always there to listen if you needed someone to talk too. There were times I had to work on Saturday and he said bring the kiddo's with you and a lot a times he would show up and just starting talking to them about everything. He was as much a part of my kids life as he was mine. I can not express how much i will miss him and wish that I had been able to see him more after he retired. I know now and feel in my heart that I do have another guardian angel to watch over me and my family. Mr. D may you soar with the angels with peace and no pain. Love you. And Leah thanks for sharing him with all of us.

Don Catalina

April 19, 2018

My first memory of Dennis was one that gave me a whole new meaning of what the possibilities Ivory Soap could be used for. I must have been about 5 at the time when mom dropped me off at their house while she went out & did a little shopping or something. From what I can recall some 58 years ago in some form or fashion the S word was used & my Mouth ended up with a Bar of Soap in it. I believe from that day forward he has help me from ever cursing again or at least kept it to a minimum & I thank you Sir.

As the years passed I was fortunate enough to be invited one on one to go fishing & hunting at the cabin in Rayburn. The first day there we did a little squirrel hunting. I don't recall skinning any squirrels so I guess we didn't get any. But doing a little target practice on cans with a 22 automatic at 10 yr.'s old was the highlight of my life. The next day began bright an early & we wondered off to the flat bottom boat that had probably a 20 horsepower Johnson on it in search for Mr. Big Mouth Bass. In bass fishing being quiet & sneaking up on them is key. We finally came upon a spot that looked good. I was in the front & Dennis in the back controlling the outboard by hand. He says to me "grab that rope up front, I'm going to kill the engine so we can coast up to that tree ahead". With the engine off we coasted quietly towards the tree for me to tie up to. Closer & closer we came unit he heard me Scream "HORNETS NEST-HORNETS NEST. That thing was the size of a Football. By the will of God he was able to pull the rope on the motor, throw it in revers & keep us from hitting the tree. If I were to have been able to drink at that time I'm sure I would have celebrated with a cold Schlitz Beer not having to Jump into that freezing cold water.

So many good memories wished there were more room. He'll always be in our heart. We'll miss you sir.

BTW-I've never bought Ivory Soap.

Jesse Escamilla Jr

April 19, 2018

My Deepest Sympathy to Leah & the family. It was a pleasure knowing Dennis. We were neighbors at the dialysis unit, where we enjoyed going. Not really, Hated It! That's where I met Dennis & Leah. A wonderful couple! I enjoyed talking with both of them. It was always nice seeing Leah there by her husband. Leah would come & visit w/ me & ask if I needed anything. I truly considered Dennis a good friend, even though we did not talk or see much of each other after the kidney transplants. I was truly saddened to see on Facebook that Dennis had left us. He will truly be missed.

R.I.P. Dennis
Your friend,
Jesse Escamilla

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.