John Jacob Dormaier

May 26, 1941October 24, 2018

John Jacob Dormaier, 77, of Spokane, WA passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. He was born in Spokane on May 26, 1941 to Jake and Marie Dormaier.

In 1965, John married Laurel King. They have two children together, Leah and Erik. That same year, he also graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Architectural Engineering. After graduation, he accepted a position with Culler, Gale, Martell & Ericson. In 1990 he went to work for the Mead School District as Construction Manager until he retired in 2011.

John enjoyed cycling, photography and being with his grandchildren. His friends and family will always remember him as a loving and caring person.

John is survived by his wife, Laurel Dormaier of Spokane, WA; his sister, Carol Farnham of Spokane, WA; his daughter Leah (Clint) Hale of Walla Walla, WA; his son Erik (Dawn Smith) Dormaier of Seattle, WA; and granddaughters Mackenzie and Rylee Hale.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Marie of Spokane, WA.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11:00 am at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99201. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 3, 2018

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Brad Bergler

November 8, 2018

I am sorry for your loss.
I work as a consultant to architects in the construction industry, and during John's tenure at Mead I had the opportunity to work with him on many projects. Many of these as a very green 20 something. John always treated me and others with dignity and respect. The way he approached problems fostered an attitude of teamwork working toward a solution, while in our industry the norm is finding who to blame. The following is an excerpt from an email I sent John after his retirement, which sums up my respect for John.

"I personally have enjoyed working with you and your staff for 18 years now. Your practical view of the realities of construction have helped many design teams work through difficult challenges with positive results. I have valued your honesty, integrity and the fact that you never had any hidden agendas. When Dick Luhn was retiring I asked him who his favorite clients were, and you topped the list of end user clients. Now these years later, you are also at the top of my list, and I am sure on many others. You are leaving behind a district with top notch facilities, but that is not as important as doing your job well and with integrity, which you have done. Thank you for working with L&S these many years, Mead has been a big part of our success. "

Harvey & Marie

October 31, 2018

Dear Laurel and family, I really can't believe that Johnny is gone. Didn't get to the latest "cousins" reunion. I can always remember the family picnics at Marie & Jakes. Especially on the the fourth of July. In the days Johnny and Carol, my brother Don and me and the rest of the Dormaier family always got together at Jake and Maries, because they had the big back yard. Family was really different then, you really kept to your family roots. Johnny had the most acerbic sense of humor. He would turn to you and in the straightest face say the funniest things about what was going on at that time. Johnny always seemed to know what he wanted to do, and just went and did it. I am so sorry for families lose, and our hearts, prayers and thoughts are with you, Love Marie & Harv

John Mraz

October 28, 2018

John will always be remembered as one of my favorite architects. He was a keen designer and knew when to outsource for graphic design services and talent. He was a pleasure to work with and I particularly enjoyed his crazy sense of humor. I loved rolling dice with him for coffee at Smitty's — great memories.

He had a positive and impactful career and will be missed. Thanks, John, for being a great design collaborator.

John Mraz
whynotgraphics / Anderson Mraz Design (retired)

Randall Riggs

October 28, 2018

He was a kind and intelligent man. I always enjoyed talking with him and hearing his perspective on world events.
We send condolences to his family. We all share a small part of your sadness and loss.
Randall Riggs