In memory of
James Milan Dorrance
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In memory of
James Milan Dorrance
1938-2016 Lt. Col. James Dorrance passed away December 3, 2016, from aspiration pneumonia secondary to esophageal cancer. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Lorrie. Jim was the first of five sons born to Charles and Lorene Dorrance and grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm. He entered the UWisconsin in 1956 where he met his future wife, Joan. He graduated in 1960, married, and was commissioned in the Army. The building of the Berlin Wall sent the couple to Germany on his first of many assignments both overseas and domestic. He served his country with honors twice in Vietnam and also in Cambodia as an advisor to the Cambodian Army. There was, and still is no official record of US troops in Cambodia. Before retiring from Ft. Lewis, WA, he and his family spent five years in England where Jim was assigned to work with NATO. He entered civilian life with the Snohomish County PUD as a communication and information engineer working with emergency management. Jim and Joan retired again in 2000 enjoying their home overlooking Lake Stevens, WA, and the Cascades. Jim particularly liked gardening especially with roses and dahlias, global travel and exploring the US in their fifth wheel. Jim was a member and lector of Perpetual Help Church. He read the bible every morning and swore at his antique clocks when not running or chiming on time. He was a regular at the gym in the Silver Sneakers program. Jim is survived by his wife, Joan of 56 years, daughter, Linda, a veterinarian in California, and son John, a mechanical engineer in Oregon. He also leaves four grandsons and three brothers. A memorial may be held later this year. Donations in his memory can be made to St. Vincent de Paul OLPH chapter or to a favorite charity
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