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Memorial services for William Raymond Dorville of Grass Valley will be conducted at noon Friday at the Nevada City Elks Lodge. A private military graveside service will be conducted at the New Elm Ridge Cemetery in Grass Valley.

Mr. Dorville died Sunday, Oct. 27, at home. He was 65.



He was born Nov. 18, 1936, in Oakland to Frank Raymond Dorville and Inez Bonham. He graduated from Mount Diablo High School in 1955. He married Faith in 1956.

He was in the U.S. Air Force for 16 years and served under President Lyndon Johnson as flight steward on the first trip made around the world by a president. He then served in the U.S. Army as a manager of officers clubs in the United States, Germany and Vietnam. He received a Bronze Star and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer II.




He was a member of the Nevada City Elks Lodge, Shriners, Club Managers Association of America, Sacramento Area Miata Owners Association and was a volunteer van driver for the Nevada County Veterans Association. He was also a member of the board of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation from 1997 to 2000, and was vice president and chairman of Starry Starry Nights in 1999, 2000, and 2001. He received the Curtis Grimes Award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership in 2000.

He loved traveling, cooking, woodworking and furniture restoration.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Faith Dorville of Grass Valley; daughter and son-in-law Rick and Deborah Kae Merenda of Roseville; daughter Karen Lee Sweeney of Mountain View; granddaughter, Rosanna Christine Jordan; grandsons Richard Raymond Merenda and Robert Jason Merenda; great-grandchildren Ciara Grace Merenda and Christian Raymond Merenda; mother, Amy Dorville of Vacaville; brother, Roger Smith of Fairfield; and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Dorville, in 1991. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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