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Richard Alvin Dorfner

March 15, 1958 January 31, 2019
Richard Alvin Dorfner
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Obituary for Richard Alvin Dorfner

Richard Alvin Dorfner, 60, passed away on Thursday January 31, 2019 at St. Joseph Medical Center surrounded by those who loved him best.

He was preceded in death by his father Gerald Dorfner and survived by Mother Florence Dorfner, Wife Cathy Dorfner, Daughter Jenny Shortencarrier (Steve Shortencarrier), Son Jeremy Dorfner (Latika Chandler-Dorfner) and Daughter Sarah Dorfner (Marques Hampton Sr.) Grandchildren Olivia and Landon Shortencarrier, Tre’vonne, Janeya, Kayleese, and Kinsley Dorfner, Marques Jr. and Leilani Hampton along with extended family and friends.
Richard was born March 15, 1958 to Florence and Gerald Dorfner in Tacoma Washington. He was the oldest of three children Tim Dorfner and Jerilyn Suthers. He attended Mt. Tahoma High School graduating in the class of 1976. He married his high school sweetheart Cathy in 1977 and shortly after welcomed his 3 children. He worked for Milgard Manufacturing in his early career and finished up working in communications for Qwest at Boeing.
He loved his beautiful wife Cathy, his kids, and doted on his 8 amazing grandchildren. It truly brought him joy to have family dinners, watch Seahawk games together, and find any reason to smoke some fantastic concoction on the grill.
He was a foodie at heart, never skimping on the butter or afraid to try new recipes and dazzle us all with his creations (or add his own touch to others recipes)
He never missed an opportunity to make beer batter pancakes on the weekend and cook up a crispy batch of bacon. His steaks were epic!
An avid outdoorsman, he spent countless hours on the water fishing at Pillar Point, crabbing, clamming, and shucking oysters with his family at Hood Canal. He chased razor clams at the ocean rain or shine showing his kids and grandkids the best way to get their limits.
He was a trail blazer in the woods, often following old logging roads across the state to find new secluded spots to camp on a beautiful river or search for mushrooms on a wooded trail. He hunted with his son and family in Winthrop spending days being immersed in nature where he soothed his soul.
His home and his heart were always open to those who needed him. He was a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a soft spot to land. He had a tool for anything that needed fixing. His epic garage will go down in the history books!
We loved this man that gave us unconditional love no matter what the circumstances. He was nothing but a rock for his wife and kids.
His memory will forever be burned in our hearts and we will cherish all of those memories that we had together. He will be truly missed.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday February 23rd at 2pm at The Star Center 3873 S 66th Street Tacoma WA 98409


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