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Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel

710 Willow Street, San Jose, CA

OBITUARY

Frank Forrest Dorr

April 25, 1928November 20, 2019

Frank Forrest Dorr passed away on Wednesday, Nov 20, from congestive heart failure. A week earlier he was in the E.R. at Good Samaritan Hospital, with breathing difficulties, where he spent his final days. At least one of his family members was by his side every minute he was there. He was 91 years old.

Frank was born in 1928 in San Jose, and lived there his whole life. Shortly after WWII, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines, and spent a couple years at El Toro Marine Base in So Cal. After his discharge in 1948, he returned home and met his future bride, Rosamond Jangrus. They were married in 1950, and began a family, raising 3 children, David, Margie, and Frankie.

Frank's lifetime occupation was Operating Engineer. His leisure-time passion was restoring classic cars and building hot rods with his son, (and best friend), Dave. Frank could fix anything, especially if it was made by Ford. Frank, David, and Margie, were official judges at Classic Car Shows throughout the Bay Area. After he retired, Frank spent a lot of time as a volunteer, restoring vintage vehicles at History San Jose's Historical Museum.

Frank is survived by his sister, Barbara Dorr, wife, Rosamond Dorr, children, Margie Dorr-Zirilli, and David, grandchildren Melissa Stamps, Ian Smillie, Jillian Smillie, and Jack Smillie, and great-grandson, Dylan Smith. Frank's youngest daughter, Frankie Smillie, passed in 2018.

A funeral service is planned for Saturday, December 7, at the Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel, 710 Willow Street, San Jose, from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, with burial at 1 PM at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 2650 Madden Ave., (@ Alum Rock & N Capitol Ave.), San Jose.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Funeral Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Committal Saturday, December 7, 2019

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Donnie Zirilli

December 4, 2019

Frank was my Father-in-Law. He passed away on Wednesday, Nov 20, from congestive heart failure. Margie and I rushed him to the ER at Good Sam a week earlier, where he spent his final days. At least one of his family members was by his side every minute he was there. He was 91 years old.
Frank was not just my Father-in-Law, but also a great friend, and the father figure in my life, ever since my own father died nearly 40 years ago. Frank spent a couple years in the Marines before meeting Rose. They were married in 1950, and immediately began a family - David Dorr, Margie Dorr-Zirilli, and Frankie Smillie.
Frank's lifetime occupation was Operating Engineer - he was the guy who drove those house-sized machines - building freeways, etc.. His leisure-time passion was restoring classic cars and building hot rods. He and his daughter (my wife), Margie, were official judges at Classic Car Shows throughout the Bay Area. After he retired, Frank spent a lot of time as a volunteer, restoring vintage vehicles at History San Jose's Historical Museum.
Frank's immediate family includes his wife, Rosamond Jangrus Dorr, children David, Margie, and Frankie (deceased 11/11/2018), grandchildren Melissa Stamps, Ian Smillie, Jillian Smillie, and Jack Smillie, and great-grandson, Dylan Smith.
We miss you, Frank.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY