Theodore "Ted" Lee Dorsey

October 19, 1953May 20, 2020

Ted died at home May 20, 2020 in Lake Oswego, Oregon of renal failure. He lived in the Portland area his whole life and graduated from Wilson High School in 1972. Ted learned to love construction when he helped remodel the West Hills Christian Church. From there, Ted went into construction as a career and became a certified Journeyman Carpenter January 1978. Ted changed careers and became certified in Reality Therapy with the William Glasser Institute December 1992. Then he became an Advanced Practicum supervisor July 2007. Ted worked as a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor beginning July 1, 1996 and was a member of the National Forensic Counselors. The last eight years of Ted's life, he worked with Washington County in Hillsboro as an admitting juvenile counselor. Ted loved to travel, beginning with a 7 month freighter trip in 1973-74 with his parents, Rolland and Martha Dorsey, and cousin Art Dorsey. That was a trip of a life time! Later trips included trips to England, Mexico, Hawaii, British Columbia and Disney World. He longed to make a trip to Israel, but it was not to be. He loved his son, Charles, and was so proud to be a father. Ted is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jean, and his son Charles, sister Jaelle (Louise) Revelle of Tucson, AZ, and brother Tommy Dorsey, of Portland, OR.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Dorsey family.


25 July

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm

Sunset Hills Memorial Park

6801 SW Sunset Hwy
Portland, Oregon 97225


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LaRoy LaBonte

July 14, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Ted at Washington County. He always brought a positive outlook with him to work. Ted had a great sense of humor and the smile and laughs that he shared with others brightened their days! I was blessed to know and work with Ted - a great and kind person.

Wayne Curry

July 14, 2020

I worked with Ted on multiple occasions during overnight. When he came up those stairs I knew I was in for a good talk. He was such a good man and he was so great to be around. I most remember having talks about random things that together we felt were important (government, politics, people, life, travels, joy in life). I think that's who he was, no matter the topic or conversation, he could make you feel important. Although I didn't get too much time with Ted (I wish I had more) I appreciate deeply the time we had and hoped he knew he influenced younger people he worked with. He was stoic, articulate and genuine...qualities that are rare these days and someone I effort to be like everyday. Something that doesn't just need to be said here, I know I tried expressing those sentiments at the time, but characteristics that embodied him and will remain beyond text. God Bless you Ted, you will be missed greatly....Thank you for all our times together, I knew I was in the presence of someone great!

Mi Chelle Corning

July 14, 2020

I had the opportunity to work with Ted for several years at the Juvenile Department. Walking in to see his smiling face was always a blessing. I enjoyed all the stories that were shared by Ted and looked forward to seeing photos of his adventures with his wife when they traveled. Ted shared stories about fishing with his brother, and he was always tickled when I would bring him salmon. Ted shared his positivity, walked humbly, always willing to be of service to others. I am a better person for knowing Ted. May his determination live through those he has inspired. May God rest his soul.

Sara D

July 6, 2020

I worked with Ted for several years at the juvenile department. He was a positive light whenever he entered a room and was always eager to share stories about his travel adventures with his family, his entire world. Ted was a humble man with an infectious smile and a caring soul. My condolences to his family. May you find peace during this time...until you meet again ❤️

Margaret Swift

July 4, 2020

I always admired Ted’s determination. He helped to move the house where he and Jean lived. I don’t know how far he moved it and of course he worked with others, but the idea of moving a whole house, instead of knocking it down like most people would do, earned my respect. Also he kept trying to fix up the house, even though he wasn’t well. Getting up to fix the roof, making a deck, redoing the floor, etc.
I remember when Ted was interested in trying new things such as an electric battery operated van . He used to read the Popular Science magazine.
It’s very sad that Ted’s health went downhill, one thing after another, because he left too soon. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. May God rest his soul.