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

Dennis Lee Dorman

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David Frank

July 20, 2018

From the desk of.............David Frank

7/20/2018




Dear Dennis Dorman Family and Friends:

I just wanted to take a moment to give you my views on my very dear friend Denis, a friend of over 55+ years.

Below are my views of Dennis:

1) The Dennis Dorman I knew had great courage. He was never afraid to speak out against the status quo and conventional wisdom……..

2) The Dennis Dorman I knew had amazing wisdom. He always knew his subject matter - - and could always defend it…..

3) The Dennis Dorman I knew had conviction. He always felt strong about his ideas, no matter what anyone else thought.

4) The Dorman I knew had clarity. His message was typically simple, concise and easily understood…..

5) And the Dennis Dorman I knew had credibility. He dang sure knew how to walk the walk and talk the talk.

No one had more compromising integrity than Dennis . He always thought with discipline and honesty. He could sort through flattery, through politics and could always see things as they truly were.

He was a most remarkable man. I always viewed Dennis as incredibly competent, very caring and amazingly confident.

Dennis could lead with Passion. No one had more 1) purpose; 2) vision; 3) heart; 4) discipline, 5) generosity, 6) credibility and 7) spirit.

What one leaves behind is not what is engraved in a stone monument but what is woven into the lives of others.

He was absolutely The Best.

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.

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.