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David Spencer Dorsey, Previously of Santa Barbara, 1941-2022 | Obituaries

Posted on October 19, 2022
| 11:50 a.m.

David Spencer Dorsey

David Spencer Dorsey

David Spencer Dorsey, born Feb. 1, 1941 in Santa Barbara, handed away, with household by his facet, on Sept. 22, 2022, in Anthem, Arizona.

The longest-lived male Dorsey decedent, David, or “Dave,” was born to Thomas and Marjorie Dorsey. The second son of a conventional Irish Catholic household, younger Dave was despatched to the monastery to proceed the customs and assist of the Church. David was the brother to seven sisters, Phyllis, Mary Ann, Carol, Theresa, Claudia, Patsy and Marjorie; and two brothers, Thomas and Louis.

Upon graduating St. Anthony’s Seminary, Dave began the summer season working on the native Regal Gasoline Station. Throughout that point, a younger Santa Barbara Excessive Faculty graduate, Sharon Liddell, would exit of her method and ensure to all the time get her gasoline at solely that station, as she put it “for the new attendant.”

After discovering the love of his life, Dave didn’t go on to the priesthood. He and Sharon married after a brief courtship on Nov. 5, 1960, on the Santa Barbara Mission. A wet day solely proved to bathe their rising relationship, which after 50 years would show the check of time.

David Spencer Dorsey

David Spencer Dorsey

Upon beginning his household and on suggestion from his father-in-law, Sheriff’s Sgt. Charles Liddell, Dave joined the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Workplace and the beginning of a lifetime profession. Dave started on the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Workplace Dec. 3, 1962, working patrol earlier than being promoted to sergeant, Oct. 1, 1968.

His tenure with legislation enforcement would span many extra promotions, receiving his associates diploma from Santa Barbara Metropolis School, graduating from the FBI Academy, and ending his 36 1/2 years serving as undersheriff, retiring March 31, 1999.

“Undersheriff Dorsey” was acknowledged many occasions for his service, together with the H. Thomas Guerry Award for Excellent Efficiency, Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Workplace Distinguished Service Award, and Santa Barbara County Supervisor of the Yr.

Dave settled his household into his longtime residence off Walnut Lane within the Goleta Valley, the place he would name residence for over 50 years together with his spouse Sharon. They might each watch, as Dave’s profession and household would develop. It wasn’t lengthy earlier than settling into their San Fernando Drive neighborhood, that the newlywed couple would welcome daughters Cheri, Catherine, Charlene, after which their son David.

“David Senior” took an lively function in household summer season holidays to June Lake, or as Santa, handing out presents at Christmas time to household and buddies; the latter of which might develop into a practice for “Grandpa Dave” and “Nice Grandpa Dave,” as Dave and Sharon would find yourself having 9 grandchildren: Cherise (Lauren), Travis, Ryan, Megan (Nicholas), Austin (Rebecca), Clint, Garrett, Chad and Hannah; and 6 nice grandchildren: Brayden, Shaddon, Lyla, Grayson, Emersyn and Oliver.

Whether or not he was together with his children in 4-H or Cub Scouts, or teaching his grandkids, Dave may usually be discovered serving to locally, and most frequently behind a grill. Dave contributed many hours over two generations on the Goleta Valley South Little League Fields, teaching, sustaining fields, and fundraising, in addition to serving as president of the group. Dave was an important member of the crew to fundraise, construct, and make the most of the Ben “Web page” Youth Middle.

By no means removed from a discipline Dave spent many days cooking for the San Marcos and Dos Pueblos Athletic Packages, barbecuing together with his buddies “Pink” and Pete Vanetti. Collectively they served up many tri-tip dinners to the varsity soccer, baseball, basketball, water polo, and softball groups.

Dave spent his later summer season’s barbecuing for the Goleta Valley Ladies Softball Affiliation, the place he was additionally a contributing member within the creation and funding of the Youth Softball Fields at Dos Pueblos Excessive Faculty.

Not even most cancers may cease Dave from barbecuing and fundraising for the group. Each he and Sharon upon their most cancers analysis would develop into lively contributors and organizers of the Santa Barbara Relay for Life, and the Santa Barbara American Most cancers Society the place he acquired honors.

Ten years later after his retirement Dave would lose the love of his life Sharon to her battle with most cancers. Dave spent his time with household, and giving again to the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Workplace, the place he sat on the Blue-Ribbon Committee beneath Sheriff Invoice Brown, to analysis the design, price range, funding and constructing of the Northern Department Jail Facility.

Dave would discover love and companionship once more, one that may final for the remainder of his years, together with his spouse Marion Murray. They wed on a sunny day on the Santa Barbara Courthouse, surrounded by each their households and buddies, celebrating with a reception on the former 4 Seasons Biltmore Resort.

Dave and Marion would spend the following chapter of their lives in Myrtle Seashore, South Carolina, residing life to its fullest, and touring the world collectively and with household. Dave loved spending many Friday mornings in Myrtle Seashore hanging together with his buddies throughout their weekly “gentleman’s breakfast.”

Dave and Marion each loved a neighborhood full of nice buddies, internet hosting a lot of events, and entertaining visiting household. They might ultimately transfer to a brand new residence in Anthem, Arizona, to be nearer to household.

Dave leaves behind his spouse Marion, and his 4 children Cheri (Troy) Davis, Catherine Dorsey, Charlene Dorsey, and David Dorsey; his stepchildren, Barbara (David), Mary (Chris), Melissa (Andrew) and Michael; his 9 grandchildren, six step grandchildren, and 6 nice grandchildren.

Companies shall be held at 10:30 am Saturday, Nov. 12 at Welch-Ryce Haider Funeral Residence, 450 Ward Drive, Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Ridley-Tree Most cancers Middle or your native Hospice group.


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