Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 19, at the Hooper and Weaver Mortuary Chapel in Nevada City for Langlie Bruce Dorris (Daddio). Burial will take place at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery, also in Nevada City. Mr. Dorris passed away peacefully on March 9 at Sierra Nevada Hospital. He was 78.
Mr. Dorris was the oldest of six children born to Langlie Barnes Dorris and Ina Thorine Thor Dorris on Sept. 16, 1928, in San Francisco. The family relocated to the 4T Ranch in Cherokee when Bruce was 4 years old. The ranch is now Ananda Village. The family next moved to the mine above Forrest. Finally, they moved to a ranch on Cherokee Road, which became the Dorris Ranch.
Mr. Dorris spent his whole life working in the woods. He retired from Caltrans after 33 years, at the age of 65. He then worked for Robinson Timber, retiring at the age of 70. For a short time, he also drove a logging truck and over the years worked for Tahoe Sugar Pine, Dodge, Graham Brothers and Cal Ida. He loved to tell people about the roads in Nevada, Yuba, Sierra, Eldorado and Placer counties that he helped build and maintain.
Mr. Dorris did all the CAT work at the Elk’s Lodge in Nevada City. The people he worked with said that when he was on a CAT, it was like watching an artist work. Mr. Dorris was very proud of his sons because they followed in his footsteps. One works for Robinson Timber and the other works for Caltrans and runs heavy equipment.
When he wasn’t working, Mr. Dorris took every opportunity to fish and hunt.
Mr. Dorris is survived by his wife of 24 years, Laura M. Dorris (Peggy); daughter and son-in-law, Beverly A. and Harlan Bush; son and daughter-in-law, Robert L. and Kathy Dorris; son, Tommy B. Dorris.; sisters and brothers-in-law Githa Thorine and George Navo and Ina Jane and PeeWee Gibson; brother, Kenneth Barnes; stepchildren Laura D. and husband, Summit, Mahay, Krista M. Short, Shayne K. Millard and Kyle E. Bloche and his wife, Donna; nine grandchildren and nine stepgrandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brother, David; sister, Zalya; father, Langlie; mother, Ina Thorine; his first wife and the mother of his four children, Anna Fern Bartsch Dorris; and youngest daughter, Karen Elizabeth Dorris Orazalli.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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